Mindset Is Half The Battle
We train our body, we train our craft… and now it’s time to train our minds.
Introducing Warrior's Edge High Performance Mindset Training
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Discover the most effective mindset training for military, government, and first responders.
It is time to transform one of the most critical organizations in our country from the inside out. Finding Mastery—a high performance leadership consultancy working with the world’s best—has partnered with Dr. Jannell MacAulay, Lt Col USAF retired (combat pilot, military operational commander, and performance specialist) to bring their Finding Your Best training to the various military, government, and first responder branches.
Calling back to the traditions of the ancient warrior, where a disciplined mind enabled smart and contemplative split-second decisions, scientifically researched and evidence-based mindset skills can fill a vital training gap and ensure each individual human weapon has the psychological flexibility to excel both personally and professionally to reach their full potential.
Warrior's Edge provides the essential psychological tools to train one’s mind and command your thoughts under stress—no matter which arena you are in.
Long-term exposure to high-stress environments, where psychological and emotional trauma are near-certain experiences, leaves many military and first responders at risk for sub-optimal performance, as they are conditioned to constantly activate their sympathetic nervous system. This creates an environment for maladaptive coping mechanisms, compromised performance abilities, as well as potential increases in anxiety, depression, suicide, domestic violence, and substance abuse.
Most high-stress cultures including active duty military and first responders focus a significant amount of time on their body and craft, often neglecting the benefits of a mental skills training program. Many programs that are currently in place are reactive, treating people after they have already experienced trauma rather than utilizing strategies that help to improve both performance on the job and to mitigate the consequences of maladaptive coping responses.
It's Time For A Change
Proactive mental health strategies help to address and alleviate the TOP FOUR issues leaders struggle with:
Violence & Harassment
- The 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry study found the rate of PTSD in military veterans to be 15 TIMES HIGHER than civilians.
- The Veterans Administration reports that approximately 20 VETERANS DIE BY SUICIDE every day.
- FEWER THAN 50% of returning veterans in need receive any mental health treatment.
- 25% OF RETURNING IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS show signs of substance abuse disorder.
- 30% of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health condition requiring treatment.
Be part of the solution.
Evolve your organization to the next level.
Why Train Your Mind
Build Your Mental Muscle
The ability to adapt in new and challenging environments is crucial for your mental health and performance abilities. Supplement your training and military conditioning by strengthening your mind and your adaptability skills.
Find Meaning And Purpose
Your experience no longer has to control you. This course will teach you the skills to discover a new level of performance, will help clarify your purpose and deepen meaning in your life.
Be Ready For The Future Fight
Readiness is vital to military success. Training body, craft, and mind ensures that we are prepared for future conflict, and ready to operate in any complex environment.
Become A Mindful Leader
Leadership is about influence—whether that’s influencing ourselves, the people in our homes, or our professional teams. Develop the right mindset to face challenges, communicate effectively, and make better decisions.
Drive Organizational Culture
Cultivate mindful leadership skills to enhance your team's capabilities and shift towards a culture of performance and mindful decision making. Equip your teams with the skill sets necessary to navigate environments of consequence both personally and professionally.
Prepare For Transitions
Build mental strength and resilience skills to prepare you for the transitions associated with military life — deployments, duty changes, and the inevitable separation or retirement from service.
CO-CREATED AND LED BY
Dr. Jannell MacAulay
- USAF Pilot & Combat Veteran
- LT Col, USAF, Retired
- Ph. D. In Strategy With Work In The Field Of Strategic Health And Human Performance
Dr. Jannell MacAulay is a combat veteran who served 20 years in the US Air Force as a pilot, commander, special operations consultant, and professionalism instructor. With her innovative leadership style, she was the first leader to introduce mindfulness as a proactive performance strategy within the US military. She continues to consult within the US government and corporate America delivering keynotes and a high-performance warrior mindset training program, called Warrior’s Edge, which she developed with Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks and Dr. Michael Gervais, a high performance sports psychologist. She is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, has a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from Penn State University and a PhD with work in the field of strategic health & human performance.
Dr MacAulay is a TEDx speaker, certified wellness educator, yoga instructor, mindfulness researcher, and holds a certificate in plant based nutrition. She is a mother of two, military spouse, and a combat veteran with over 3000 flying hours as a pilot in the C-21, C-130, & KC-10 aircraft.
Dr MacAulay is on a mission to help individuals excel in high-stress and rugged environments, by showing them how to lean into each moment to find their best selves.
Meet The Team
Dr. Michael Gervais
Dr. Gervais is one of the world’s top high-performance psychologists and leading experts on the relationship between the mind and human performance. Dr. Gervais has spent his career being called on by the best of the best— from the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks to medal-winning Olympians to Fortune 50 CEOS to military personnel and corporate leaders. Spending years in the trenches of high-stakes circumstances, Gervais has developed clarity for the tools that allow people to “thrive under pressure.”
Nicole brings the unique experiences of being part of winning volleyball teams at the NCAA level at USC, Olympic Silver medalist and first-ever World Championship Gold medalist on the US indoor women’s volleyball team. She has lived through the process that Dr. Gervais built with the national teams both on culture development and is passionate about helping others find what’s possible. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in clinical psychology.
Courtney has first-hand experience of Compete to Create methods through her time competing as a member of the USA Olympic volleyball team where she took home Silver in London 2012, Bronze in Rio 2016, and Gold from the World Championships in Italy 2014. Her passion is to make those around her better through sharing her experiences as a professional athlete.
The Warrior's Edge Course Includes:
Warrior's Edge Course Curriculum
Self DiscoverySelf discovery is about developing awareness of thought patterns in order to pursue one’s best. Whether you’re performing as a combat pilot or parent, how you think about things determines how you react to them. Determining a definition of high performance, crafting a personal philosophy, understanding how to set a vision, and learning your character strengths are central for enhancing awareness.
MindfulnessMindfulness is a particular way of focusing on the present moment without judgment. There are two pillars of mindfulness: awareness and insight. Training mindfulness builds awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, physiology and environment. Deeper awareness of one’s experience in the present moment can lead to insight and wisdom.
Mindset SkillsThere are four basic mindset skills — calm, confidence, focus and trust. These skills are what help one show up and adjust in any environment. Breathing, self-talk, the ability to refocus and our behavior over time are the major components of training mindset skills.
Psychological FrameworkPsychological framework is the way one makes sense of the world. Optimism, control and grit make up one’s psychological framework. Optimism is the way one sees the world, grit is the passion and perseverance one has toward a goal and the understanding of what’s in one’s control is are essential to high performance.
RecoveryThere are four pillars of recovery: Sleep Well, Eat/Hydrate Well, Move Well, and Think Well. Everyone needs to form habits around recovery in order to perform at an optimal level.
The Warrior's Edge Course Includes:
Warrior's Edge Course Curriculum
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- Timothy "Chachi" Pachasa, 24 Year Air Force Veteran
“Warrior’s Edge training is the best resiliency investment the 93 AGOW has made. The instructors understand the high-stress environment in which our Airmen operate and are able to immediately and credibly connect with and relate to them during seminars. Because the nature of the training is such that it’s designed to be passed on, the benefits accrue throughout the organization even after the primary audience has been exposed. We plan on engaging with this team on a routine basis—this is the most effective means we’ve found for helping Airmen translate the stresses of military service—specifically those associated with ground combat—into exhilaration and high performance.”
- Air Force Wing Commander, Commander 93 Air Ground Operations Wing, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
“Like the whole of military (and society in general), our base has struggled with cases of suicide and depression, and we have been looking for any way we can to attack the problem. A close friend suggested the Warrior’s Edge program after having success with his wing- describing it as a new way to improve focus and model effective behaviors top down for dealing with stress and improving performance.
140 members strong, our leadership team took his advice, taking the 8-hour live course, and were shocked to find how much we could all improve in our own lives to increase mindfulness and mental resilience. Our team is ecstatic to continue learning with 8 weeks of online content, looking hopefully to the future where we try to master these new skills – and in the process – improve our focus, our performance, our personal lives, and ultimately foster those behaviors to improve the lives of our airmen.”