Constant Elevation Podcast – Season 6

The Constant Elevation Podcast is for leaders who aren’t waiting for the future, we are defining 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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Don’t ask for permission, ask for advice

“Act as if what you do makes a difference, because it does.” In the season 6 finale, I share my thoughts on how we need leaders to act boldly and with minimal oversight. While it may seem comforting at times to hear feedback that you are leading your team in the right direction, don’t lose sight that you have the capacity to trailblaze the path that was never there in the first place.

It’s not what you get, but what you give

“It is not what you get out of life that counts. It’s what you give and what is given from the heart.” In this penultimate episode of season 6, I share some scattered thoughts on leadership and pending changes to the comm/cyber community within the Air Force.

Man in the Mirror

“If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change.” In this episode, I reflect on some recent conversations at work revolving around dysfunctional teams and how to fix them. The human tendency to act out in self-preservation mode can be damaging to your team, but the path the positive change can and must start with you.

You may feel lonely, but you’re not alone
with Major Nick Lewis

“Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere you find yourself.” In this episode, I invite Major Nick Lewis to talk about the common struggle of trying to find your place when advancing to a new tier of responsibility. When it seems like there is no hope to be found, sometimes what you need is closer than you think.

What got you here? with Simsation Nation

“What got you here, won’t necessarily get you there.” In this episode, I’m a featured guest on the Simsation Nation podcast hosted by Henry “Shooter” Sims. We discuss our thoughts on potential competing leadership philosophies and how a good leader doesn’t have to make that choice but instead knows how to wield them both when necessary. 

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The Trinity of Accountability

“At the end of the day, we are accountable to ourselves; our success is a result of what we do.” In this episode, I analyze the application of Accountability within a team environment. The importance of Responsibility, Dependability, and Predictability of the individual must be understood to translate to team success.

Brace Yourself…The Open is Coming

“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” In this episode, I share my perspective on why you should participate in the 2023 CrossFit Open. The Open truly is for everyone and can help you set the tone to tackle future challenges and rack up wins on your personal fitness journey.

Pursue Your Passions

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” I start off 2023 strong with a review of my pursuits for the year. These aren’t goals or resolutions, but rather long-standing tenants I will be organizing and prioritizing my time and energy towards to rise to my full potential.

Mistakes: The Strongest Way to Learn

“It’s ok to make mistakes. It’s not ok to half-ass.” In this episode, I explore three different methods of learning and how I use them with maximum purpose. However, one method seems to be the strongest for me, and I embrace it and keep moving forward.

Is it worth it to ruthlessly prioritize?

“If it’s a priority, you’ll find a way. If it isn’t, you’ll find an excuse.” In this episode, I analyze whether or not “ruthless prioritization” should be something you aim to achieve. Depending on your situation and approach, a leader can achieve great results…but at what cost?

Lasso on Leadership

“Doing the right thing is never the wrong thing.” In this episode, I cover my 5 favorite leadership quotes from a source you may not be tracking: Ted Lasso. This fictional soccer coach drops numerous nuggets of leadership insight that we all can benefit from if we only BELIEVE in ourselves.

Talk Less, But Have More To Say

“Be brief, be brilliant, be gone.” In this episode, I share my thoughts upon returning from a recent work trip. This trip ended up being challenging for me to keep my same energy the entire time, but I now have a better understanding of how to prepare and execute those work days and not burn myself out.

Alphabet Aerobics 2.0: My Updated Leadership Philosophy

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” In this episode, I share my updated leadership philosophy. Understanding and sharing your core values as a leader is important, but remember to periodically do a self-assessment on them to ensure you are still pointing in the direction you want to.

The Triple C’s of Teamwork

“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” In this episode, I share my simple list of elements of a high-performing team: Communicate, Coordinate, and Collaborate. When used effectively, these elements can save time and energy on otherwise wasted efforts and concentrate the team on what matters most: success achieved together. *Note: the audio sounds off this week because I didn’t choose the right input when I recorded. But since I’m “One Take Jake” when I create my content, it is what it is, hahaha!

Do you want to Be Someone or Do Something?

“To be or to do? Which way will you go?” In this episode, I share insight into my recent experience of not being selected for the next level of competitive leadership: group command. To say I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster would be putting it lightly, but I believe in the end that I’m on the path that I need to be on, not necessarily the one I may have wanted.

Allow me to reintroduce myself

“This is how it should be done. This style is identical to none.” Welcome back to Season 6 of Constant Elevation! In this episode, I provide an update on my life happenings since the conclusion of season 5 and why I decided to return to the mic. I’m excited to continue to share my stories and thoughts on how all of us can rise to our potential and define the future.