Join Brett Gilliland with Eric Davis as they talk about the fundamentals of performance. Eric is a former US Navy SEAL, went into the corporate world, and became an author of Raising Men. In this episode, he delves into how to progress in life in an effective and efficient manner.

Performance Formula

For Eric, the formula for performance does not change regardless of training, whether a sniper team or a sales team. The formula consists of four components: identify, assess, prioritize, and execute. Eric’s first step is to teach people to identify all parts of life, which impacts somebody’s ability to live a good life. After that, he makes assessments of the person’s current and future trajectory. Next is to prioritize by power. What Eric means by this is that priorities change in every situation. So, he teaches people to stop getting life done to sacrifice their passion and purpose and start doing it in a way that reveals their purpose and exposes their passion. The last thing to do is to execute things meticulously and do it with continuous growth. Eric teaches a lot of things, but at the core of it is the formula for performance.

It Boils Down To Intention

The intention in doing something is what determines the effectiveness. From a parent’s perspective, yelling at their child may or may not work depending on the intention. Eric compares this to Jiu Jutsu: the intention is to subdue the attacker without injuring them nor the person attacked. But, the instincts would not make that happen because instincts are not designed to care for the intention. So, Eric concludes it takes training to let intentions flow through and not let instincts get in the way. He also says that the gut cannot be fully trusted unless intentions are set.

About Eric Davis:

Eric Davis served as a US Navy SEAL and decorated veteran of the Global War on Terror. Eric has been recognized as one of the premier sniper instructors in the US military and has served as a Master Training Specialist at the SEAL sniper school in Coronado, CA.

He is an expert in technical and physical surveillance and was part of an elite group hand-selected to perform intelligence collection in denied areas worldwide. Eric has spent years developing, writing, and executing the curriculum for the SEAL Teams. By leveraging his expertise in the development of systems, structures, processes, and practices, Eric was instrumental in significantly reducing the failure rate of Naval Special Warfare’s internationally recognized Sniper course.

Since departing from the SEAL teams, Eric has worked in corporate performance, sales, and leadership training bringing an unprecedented amount of innovation, efficiency, and structure to the domain of business and personal performance. Eric is the author of “Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs learned from their training and taught to their sons.”

Outline of the Episode:

[01:03] An instructor that trains sniper teams and sales teams

[05:18] How Eric helps people pivot in their life with his performance formula

[11:40] What needs to be learned to be a better father

[14:39] Intention over instinct and recognizing where the anger comes from

[20:02] Bedtime plan for parents

[22:51] Lessons that helped change Eric’s life

[28:15] What Eric learned from coaching people

[35:19] Eric’s advice to his younger self ten years back

[36:45] What Eric wishes he had more time doing

[39:05] The app that cannot be deleted from Eric’s phone and how he will spend ten million bucks



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