Changing mindsets through powerful words with Dr Chris Stasik

Dr. Chris Stasik is first and foremost my brother-in-law. He is also a leading pathologist in Phoenix, Arizona and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. In addition, Chris is a CF-L1 Trainer and Head Weightlifting Coach at Wildfire CrossFit. In this episode, we reminisce on our shared origin story with CrossFit, how his experience in developing as an athlete and coach has positively influenced his leadership mindset and professional career, and how Wildfire CrossFit is persevering through the COVID-19 pandemic and keeping their community together.

Some highlights from this conversation:

  • Leaders understand that the mindsets of those under their charge are critical to both individual and team success. 
  • Meaningful and genuine relationships are foundational to building a team that can stay focused on a common goal and can bring each other up when needed.
  • Accountability can be big in leading others to overcome fear and doubts. Instead of saying to someone, “Well maybe I’ll see you next week or so,” use proactive words such as “Come in tomorrow at 630. I’ll be waiting for you and will help you get set up.” Showing a bit of consideration and commitment can go a long way.
  • Shared misery can be a great tool to forge relationships and a “don’t quit” attitude. Ask anyone who has experienced a military or CrossFit training environment.
  • Don’t take any position of leadership lightly. Study your craft and seek to understand. If you are in multiple positions of leadership, blend the tools and techniques you use to advance all sides of influence available to you.
  • Don’t let teammates use powerless words. Don’t let them say “I can’t do a strict pull-up.” Instead, respond with “I think you meant to say, I can’t do a strict pull-up…yet.” As Yoda says, “Do or Do Not. There is no Try.”
  • Fear can be overcome by building confidence in the work building up to that scary moment. If you put the proper work in (having a coach or teammate helps greatly), you should have all the confidence on game day.