Unbeatable Mindset

with Heather Parillo

Heather Parillo is the 20th woman in history to complete the Kokoro crucible; she is the CEO of IFLY Integrative Leadership and Unbeatable Mind Coach. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in the Service, Fitness, and Hospitality industries, she is a multifaceted visionary senior executive, integrator, coach, trainer, facilitator, relationship expert, and turnaround artist with a solid track record of leading individuals, teams, and companies to their stated goals. Heather held previous positions as Chief Experience Officer of The Live Well Brand, a vacation rental, concierge service, and lifestyle brand with headquarters in Florida. She is seasoned at leading transformation through a range of personal and business experiences as well as facilitating at the Middle East Leadership Academy (MELA) and Central Eurasia Leadership Academy (CELA), and Society Of International Fellows Leadership Academy (SIBFLA).

IN THIS EPISODE…Heather shares her story with Joe; how she found sealift and Unbeatable Mind, she read David Goggin’s book, “Can’t Hurt Me, and these were her lightbulb moments. Of course, she shares her experience training and preparing for Kokoro, and explains how she failed the first time she tried, what quitting meant to her, and through the process of having to tap out the first time, she was able to use that to fuel her to complete Kokoro during her second attempt. The most notable part of Heather’s story is how she started training – It is something that can’t be stressed enough – she found an unbelievable accountability partner and that can make ALL THE DIFFERENCE. Heather shares her experience and lessons that all stem from her incredible mental fortitude.

? Breakdown with Heather Parillo:
Chapter 1 (0:00): Introduction
Joe introduces Heather and sets up the episode.

Chapter 2 (2:09): Heather’s Kokora experience
Kokora is a 50-hour seal team training simulation that is one of the hardest challenges in the world. Heather shares her experience and she signed up.

Chapter 3 (10:30): Reckoning with quitting
No one would call Heather a quitter when she couldn’t complete Kokoro on her first attempt, but that is what she called herself and what fueled her focus to prepare for attempt number 2.

Chapter 4 (16:25): Starting your journey with accountability
You just need to start. That’s number one. Sign up for a challenge or a race or some goal and just get yourself started. The next step is finding an accountability partner or community.

Chapter 5 (20:38): Attempting and crushing Kokoro for the 2nd time
There were many variables working against Heather during her first attempt at Kokora and that just made her train harder and be even more prepared for the second time around.

Chapter 6 (27:43): Finding inspiration with a positive and open mind
You need to keep an open mind about your potential and what is possible. Positivity follows activity, just like Rich Roll says, mood follows action.

Chapter 7 (37:57): Work-life balance
This word is used so much in our lives for a reason. It is easy to give ourselves to everyone else around you and forget about the importance of focusing on yourself.

Chapter 8 (42:05): Advice for training
Training doesn’t start out coming easy. It is something you need to start pushing yourself to do in order to develop a habit.

Chapter 9 (46:08): Breathing exercises
Breathing is crucial when accomplishing so many of our mental emotional and physical tasks. Its the most important aspect in even doing a pull up.

Chapter 10 (55:23): Just say yes
There are so many reasons your mind can come up with not to do something that can get in your way. Heather shares the positivity that will come when you open up to YES.

Chapter 11 (63:58): Closing Remarks
Joe wraps up the episode and shares his final thoughts

Material Referenced in this interview:
→Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
→Unbeatable Mind by Mark Divine

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