Season 6 Episode 45: Mental Grit — handle hard better

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Season 6 Episode 45: Mental Grit — handle hard better

Life and work isn’t always easy and isn’t going to be easy. There will be challenges, obstacles and uncertainty along the way. The best leaders and cultures learn to face the challenges and handle hard things better. 

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Jason introduces Season 6 episode 45 of the podcast, Mental Grit — handle hard better. Welcome back to the podcast on corporate culture and leadership and thank you for listening. We engage thought leaders like CEOs, CFOs, managers, VPs, directors, and more for this podcast. We wish to create content that engages your mind and heart and allows you to step back and think and add some positivity to your life. We deep dive into today’s topic.

We can’t control everything but what we can control is our response. Still a lot of work to do but wanted to remind the audience what is within our control is the temperature we create in the organizations and teams we work with. If you have a suggestion, please send it to

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“It begins with mindset… as we grow we handle the hard better”

3:05 – Jason starts today’s topic about mental grit, perseverance, and learning how to handle things better.

5:00 – Jason thanks his listeners for helping release his new book, Breathing Oxygen on Amazon as a top new book in its category. The response was tremendous and launching anything in the world today requires courage and vulnerability which is the topic for today. Thanks for reading it and sharing your stories online.

6:10 – Chris Potts, a former college basketball teammate with Jason sent a video to Jason that really resonated with him. It was Kara Lawson talking about how to handle hard better. Coach Lawson talks about not waiting for “it will be easier when…” As life will not get easier, it gets harder, instead we learn to better navigate and handle those tough times better. The more we learn how to work through and face our fears the better we get at handling those challenging times in life.

9:55 – Recently Jason had a great conversation with a team he was working with that resonated in a similar manner to the video of Kara Lawson, coach of Duke women’s basketball. As soon as everything is easy and perfect that will be the indicator that our culture is in a perfect space. The reality is, as we learn to breathe oxygen into the tough, the hard, the relationships moving forward we learn to better handle them. “Go to work” involves facing these challenges. As we grow we become more mentally resilient as leaders, as teams, to handle these obstacles better than before; it begins with mindset.

12:37 – The ability to name the challenges and look them right in the face is positive leadership and what Jason discusses here in the podcast.

  1. Name the challenges
  2. Get clear on your vision
  3. Be vulnerable with your team, share challenges and ways to support
  4. Practice breathing each day and take a step forward, stimulate progress.

15:30 – The leaders who understand this and help their people breathe better will be able to grow and move forward together. The process of how we approach these

Questions to Ponder

  1. What are the challenges that you need to be facing now?

  2. What is the support you might need?

  3. What practices would help you breathe differently to help you practice this type of vulnerability and courage?

Jason shares at the end of the episode how to help as part of the book launch team. The best way is to read and share the new book below. It makes a great gift for your team. If you have unique ideas to help share the book contact

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Remember, the best leaders, teams, & cultures stimulate progress by recalibrating their thermostat together.

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Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.

A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families, or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.