Constant Elevation Podcast – Season 4

The Constant Elevation Podcast is for rising leaders who seek to define the future.
Join Gabriel “gaberock” Avilla on his journey through the Air Force, fitness, family, and everything in between
to inspire you to rise to your full potential .

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Interns: Because we give a sh*t w/Kaylan Swartz and Michael Klepfer

“The expert in anything was once a beginner.” In this episode, I welcome Kaylan Swartz and Michael Klepfer to talk about their experience as new interns at Revival Fitness. We discuss their fitness backgrounds, what drove them to sign up to be an intern in the first place, and how they want to be positive examples of leadership within our local fitness community.

1.5 Mile Run Test: Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

“I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.” In this episode, I discuss my recent results in the 1.5-mile run test as part of my annual Air Force Fitness Assessment. It has been two years since I’ve tested, and I get nervous every single time. I also share my perspective on the training components I use how to smartly prepare for the test and provide a FREE six-week training plan for you that you can use to improve your run time.

Talking ‘ship with Lieutenant Colonel Dear Beloved

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” In this episode, I chat with Lieutenant Colonel Dear Beloved about the four ‘ships of the Air Force mentoring program: Mentorship, Relationship, Sponsorship…and I propose a new ‘ship that brings everything together so we can Fly, Fight, and Win. 

2021 AFA Air Space Cyber Conference Debrief

“We have the vector, now is the time to add thrust.” In this episode, I share my thoughts on the 2021 AFA Air Space and Cyber Conference held at National Harbor, Maryland. I was fortunate enough to attend and hear insights from our senior leadership, meet up with new and old teammates, and get “re-blued” as an Airman. 

Do we ALL need to skate where the puck will be?

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” In this episode, I discuss why this sports analogy might not be the best to mimic as a leader in the workplace. While this leadership quote is popular, the application of this advice may leave you at a disadvantage because you aren’t paying attention to the opportunities and challenges that are available to you now. If everyone is moving where the puck is going to be, who is taking care of the puck now?

Process vs Personality: Which wolf are you feeding?

“If you can’t describe what you’re doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” In this episode, I discuss my mindset on why I tend to be more process-driven as a leader, when the power of personality can and should shine through, and how using both techniques can drive optimal outcomes.

Check yourself before you wreck yourself with Colonel Heather Blackwell

“Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” In this episode, I chat with Colonel Heather Blackwell, Director of Cyberspace and Information Dominance, and Chief Information Officer, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. We talk about why self-assessments are an important tool to build a successful career, creating an environment and tuning your sensors to allow honest feedback to be given to you, and how the small yet consistent habit of self-reflection can empower yourself to be better every day.

Listen Twice, Speak Once

“An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body.” In this episode, I share my thoughts on how and why I spend more time thinking and listening than speaking. Even though I have an extroverted personality, I spend more of my time taking in and processing information to ensure my output of information is well-informed yet authentically me. There are 24 hours in the day, choose to use them wisely.

Reflect, Release, Reset

“Reflection: looking back so that the view looking forward is even clearer.” In this episode, I share my thoughts on three simple steps that all of us can use when dealing with challenging times in our lives. We can’t avoid them, but we can transform them into a positive event where we elevate ourselves and keep on moving forward instead of letting it weigh us down.

Creating Healthy Habits, not Restrictions with Taylor Bialkowski

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” In this episode, I chat with Taylor Bialkowski, co-owner and coach at Revival Fitness. We discuss her journey in nutrition, the importance of nutrition as the foundation of any fitness program, and simple tips to help leaders get started and maintain healthy habits that support a healthy lifestyle.

How A First Impression Went Sideways

As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” In this episode, I share my recent experience where my first impression with a senior officer went completely sideways. This event will go down as very formative for the rest of my career and how I will continue to grow as a leader. Every experience can be valuable, even the low ones, if you search for the right pieces and learn from your mistakes.

Stop Dropping These, Because They Aren’t Hot

Despite what Uncle Snoop Dogg says, not everything you drop is considered hot. In fact, there are a couple of things you should avoid dropping as much as possible at work, else you’ll be considered an empty teammate who prefers to reminisce over the glory days instead of getting work done NOW. In this episode, I share my thoughts on a self-defense mechanism you may not be aware of and how to avoid embarrassing yourself.

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

Welcome back to Season 4 of Constant Elevation! I’m returning after a well-deserved break, but tune in to this episode to see what I’ve been up to, what I’ve been thinking about, and why I decided to return. MAHALO for being a first-time or long-time listener, you won’t be disappointed! And please consider supporting Constant Elevation through my Patreon:

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