Building Resilience

Dr. E's Highway to Health Show Episode 14

Expert Interview
Highway to Health: Ep 14 - Christopher McKinney

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Christopher McKinney, is a master resilience trainer and founder of Closer to the Hole Resilience Reformation. In this episode he joins Dr. E for a lively discussion on what resilience is and the importance of nurturing and developing it in order to be your best self in all aspects of life.

Original Air Date: June 5, 2019

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Actionable Steps:

Here are Christopher’s suggestions on what you can do today to build your own resilience and instill resilience in your family.

  1. Set goals. It’s O.K. if they change over time. You don’t even need to have achieved the goal in order to have benefitted from it. It served you for that time and gave you something to work for.
  2. Remember, words have meaning. Reframe your vocabulary to instill resiliency. Change “I have to” into “I get to.” Your words have the power of self-persuasion and can set the tone for your life.
  3. Take a cold shower. This is the easiest hard thing to do. To get out of your autopilot and live resiliently, take a cold shower. The cold shower will force you to breathe deeply and gets your adrenaline pumping. It kicks you out of autopilot and gives you a boost. When you get out, you will feel amazing.

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Show Notes

  • What resilience is.
  • How resilience affects our health, well being, and everyday life.
  • Why you want to be the golf ball and not the egg.
  • Why resilience is a crucial skill to develop and teach children and how to model resilience.
  • How resilience is different from optimism.
  • How resilience training helped him once he recognized he was suffering from PTSD, and how that experience led him to his current role as a resilience coach.
  • How resilience gets you out of the everyday routine and off of autopilot.
  • The importance of setting goals and how to set them.
  • Why it’s important to seek moments of introspection.
  • How changing your words creates a different meaning and leads to resilience.

Our Guest for this Episode:

Master Resilience Trainer

Christopher McKinney has served in the US Army for 18 years. He is a master resilience trainer and instructor at the US Army non-commissioned officers academy.

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