Training the Mind through Dark Times with Mo Brossette

Training the Mind through Dark Times with Mo Brossette

Morris “Mo” Brossette grew up running, hiking, biking, and basically living everyday in the woods. Each day was a new adventure of building forts, exploring new areas, and even as a child, creating obstacle courses and other physical challenges to build strength and fitness. We discuss the depths of training in a world of uncertainty.

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Mo’s Upcoming Course

Mike: I guess what you got, dude. what's the new stuff coming out?

Mo: What are you working on? So I'm working on a lot of my mindset stuff. I've created an online, online eight-week course on my website Brossette Performance – coaching, for mastering fear. Using some of the language techniques that we learned in being lifted program and the mindset. And breathwork that I teach and coach and helping people to really learn how to master the feelings of fear, anxiety, stress, worry and concern. I've got a couple of companies that have purchased the platform for their organization, which is exciting and I've got some make it out for individuals as well.

So doing that and then doing some mobility and breath work for people. I'm putting that on out on YouTube channel. I was doing so at home workouts for folks as well because I'm a, I'm a coach as well, and I'm do it in that, but it seems like everybody is doing in home workouts. Yeah. Not a lot of folks are focusing still on the settling down the breath work, that mindset meditation. um, they do a lot of that and a lot of writing.

Mike: Yeah. We people haven't completely lost their minds enough to want to get into the mindset stuff, but were, were probably days within a mass hysteria wave number two. well by the third way people go, Oh, it's me, it's me. I get to take it right now. It's right.

Mo’s Background

Mike: Can you tell everybody, like what little bit of, what's your background and what you've been up to?

Mo: My background is in the health and fitness industry. I've been doing this for about 25 years now, a degree in exercise science, kinesiology. And I've been a personal trainer, strength coach for professional athletes and Olympians, division one athletes, pro athletes, and really dove into, I've done that for about 18 and dove into holistic nutrition and natural integrative medicine back in 2004 and studied and practiced that. And then in 2015, dove really deep into the mindset space.

So, focusing on neuroscience, quantum mechanics, positive psychology and psychology, and helping people really come full circle when it comes to health. At first started with movement and performance, then I went into the nutrition aspect of it and then I went into the mindset side of it. And that's where I am now. What I do now is in studying psychology, neuroscience, neuro-plasticity, in the quantum, the quantum mechanics is able to tie everything in together for people when it, from mindset to nutrition to physical movement and how those three things are it paramount.

Overall fitness and health, both mentally and physically.

Mike: I see a trend with, well, I don't have, I see a tr, well I see a trend, but with coaches our age and younger, are going this direction. I think part of it is because there's just so many people doing the same thing and you've gotta go, well, where's my next edge? Whereas I talked to coaches who are in their sixties and seventies. I'm like, nah, I just got to a squat and Ron and pressed and you know, because I mean, I imagine that's what made them stand out in their youth. and so, it's great. That's how, that's how we evolve. We have to stand on the shoulders of those coaches, that were ahead of us and now we have to take it to the next level.

And now we're talking about, you know, psychology, and neuro-plasticity and, things that, things that I imagine, well, I, I've noticed I've been way more active on social media lately and I'm getting a better beat on where the mainstream mind is that and I'm going, Oh yeah. This conversation would have it as fucking advanced. Exactly. Exactly. So what, what, um, you know, what motivated you to get into that?

Were you looking for an edge or was it something you were looking for yourself? What happened?

Mo: I've always look for different ways to evolve me as a human and as a professional. I, the reason I got into nutrition, because I knew that there was, there was a missing piece of the puzzle that I wasn't getting with just training people. And then as I was training people and coaching people is I coach iron man, I coach, obstacle course racing and a coach marathon, ultra-marathon, all virtually. And when I started really diving into in training for endurance sports specifically the longer stuff like Ironman, I found out that it was more mental than it is physical.

Cause you get out of the best training plan, you got the best race plan, you get a visit gear on the planet. But when it comes down to day, if you get your goggles kicked off, you get kicked in the stomach or you get a flat and you get a cramp and you don't know how to handle that mentally. It's game over. And I've seen it happen. In Ironman coaching four weeks before race, the most important thing I did with all of my athletes was have them visualize, breathe, meditate, and visualize the race from the start to the finish. Everything that could go wrong. And then they saw they problem solve in their mind what they will do to make it right.

That meditation and visualization was a key component for them finishing such a hard endurance race. And then I w I was, I was learning that process. I got involved with the adaptive training foundation. It's a non-profit here we work with critically wounded veterans and civilians that have suffered from amputation, spinal cord injuries and neurological diseases like Parkinson's and stroke. And we found a very, very deep desire and need to work with these individuals on the mindset side of things versus just the physical cause.

We were doing great job, a great job in the foundation in the organization and helping them to get past some of the fears to help them walk again when the experts said you will never walk again. And, and things of that nature and doing these a coordinate incredible thing. However we were missing the piece of the puzzle of what happens though once you leave the confines and the comfort of adaptive training foundation and then you go home and you're sitting with your thoughts, you're sitting with PTs, you're sitting with dramatic brain injury, you're sitting with all these things that make you feel like you're less than when you're by yourself.

And we had an instance where one of our athletes, a Marine almost took his life. He called our founders like, Hey man, I can't do this anymore. And had his revolver in his hand and racked around and was about to take his life. And we were able to get him to a treatment facility that night. And from that, two of our other Marines that same week said, Hey man, I'm not right either. And until that point we thought everything was good. And then we were like, we've got to do something about this. And I had been studying it. I had been studying, you know, I'd learned from Deepak Chopra. I've studied Joe Dispenza, and I was already in that space.

And that moment I realized that this is where my focus needs to be. And I dove head first into it. And from that opportunity, um, was able to really take the knowledge of mindset of breathwork, visualization and reframing language and self-talk into literally saving people's lives in a very short period of time. Helping them realize that, you know, their greatest potential is yet to be seen and accomplished.

And it's because of the injuries that have happened to you that your greatest power is yet to be revealed. um, that's kind of a long way of how I got to where I'm doing what I'm doing now. And I take those same principles now and I go to, I go to companies and organizations and speak on, you know, how to handle fear. What do you do with your anxiety, with your concern, with your worries, with your frustrations? Um, you know, the same way I do it with our adaptive athletes that maybe afraid to fall, that a doctor said, Hey, you're never gonna walk again.

This is your new normal, this is the new you. And we don't really buy that. We don't believe it. And it's simply not true cause you can't, you, no one could ever say never. And always you put these definitive book ends on a human and they believe that and that's how they start to react. It's like, it's the old tale with the, you know, with the, with the elephant when they put it in a grid, a spike in the ground, and they put a rope around it when it's a baby and it can't pull away. And then by the time it's older, it's massive. You could stick a string around his foot and put it in the ground and the elephant's not going to try to break it cause it think it's, thinks it can't.

Start with Your Breath

Mike: I've been experiencing overwhelm regularly. No, I'm stressed. I'm experiencing anxiety. I don't know where my next paycheck's going to come from. I'm fucking freaking out. I don't know what's going to happen. I've never had this much. just, I've never had this experience before. This is so much uncertainty. Where do you start? Somebody

Mo: Right now, it's number one start with your breath. Start with controlling your breathing and it's just a big die from attic breasts. literally have people breathe. It's a box breath holding the top and move around. We'll get so you can move the air around, read out through the mouth. Do that for minimum of six repetitions, usually around five to 10 minutes, and then do a perceptual awareness to get you back in the presence. look at something in front of you while you're breathing and think, see things around you.

See things in front above, below, right and left without moving your eyes and just become peripherally aware of your space. And then what can you hear around you? What are the things without trying to define them or analyze and just think about what you can here. And then once you can do that, what can you taste? Is there any sensation in your mouth? Then after you taste that, what can you feel? What's the, what's? Where's your, if you're have shorts on it, can you feel the air? If you're sitting down, can you feel the chair on your butt and your legs, whatever, and you do those five things. You go through the five senses and your presence.

So now I'm in the present moment where I'm safe and then once I realize I'm safe in this present moment, what I have people do is go into an affirmation of what you can do, what you are able to control. Even if it's something as simple as I can control my breath, I can control what I eat today, I can control my movement today. Simple things like that because right now we think that all these, all the things that are out of control is that that's what we focus on and we stopped thinking about what we can do and what we can't control.

So literally focusing on your breath and focusing on being aware of what you can do today in this moment, and then five minutes from now, in five minutes from then, don't worry about tomorrow. Focus on right now today, and that is, that's the first step to do. Let me tell you, I've worked with a, with a lady right now. I've been working with her for about six weeks now, who at the time we started, I hated her job. Um, hated being associated with what the people at her job having issues with our fiance and literally by doing these steps and having her journal every day and having her journal and affirmations, only six weeks later, she loves the job.

1 Comment

  1. The power of the mind coupled with the breath is amazing in how it can transform your world. It is a challenge time in this world, and hearing how Mo helps people refocus on things of which we are in control can make a powerful difference. I share the same feelings and opinions, look for the opportunities in every situation and focus on the now. Great conversation between Mo and Mike!

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