Tracey Nefford is the Training and Development Manager for Schlitterbahn New Braunfels and Galveston. Tracey and his husband Derek live in New Braunfels, Texas.  Tracey’s passions are team building, spending time with family/dogs, and gardening.  Using personal experiences and the journey that comes with being a leader, Tracey dives deeper into small town Texas, the loneliness of being a leader, and how to ground yourself when your world can’t seem to stop spinning. You can contact Tracey on LinkedIn or through instagram.

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My takeaways from today’s episode

1- Detaching from all you’ve known and exploring a new chapter in life is sometimes the perfect way to learn to live in your own skin and be confident in who you truly are as you are on the journey of self discovery.

2-Many people who did awful things many years ago may have matured and evolved to no longer harbor such strong feelings towards you in present day.

3-In living your life authentically and true to yourself and what you really enjoy in life, you find true happiness and success without worrying about outside expectations or opinions.

4-Remembering the low or perceived challenging times can help you to feel strength moving forward. “If we can make it through the Caesar salad chapter, we can make it through anything!”

5-When you are isolated with people who care and support you, it opens up such a beautiful opportunity for you to grow together and strengthen your relationship.

6-As a leader, nurture your employees or downline to either be skilled enough to do YOUR job or go off and do something incredible down the road. Having sincere intentions but knowing that many will move on eventually is a beautiful foundation.

7-In work and friendship, it can sometimes feel like a revolving door and it can feel lonely to know that others will not always be a lifelong connection. It takes a lot of strength to pour love into others while also letting them evolve and venture away from what you had together.

8-In the slow moments between chaos, be intentional with allowing yourself to slow down and take an aerial view of your days while finding hobbies to keep moving forward in having a purpose (like Tracey with making salsa and gardening).

9-Be mindful of where you FEEL your feelings in your body. Identify where it is and take the steps to ground yourself. Doing this consistently, you’ll start to notice patterns that arise and be quicker to pull out your tools to center yourself again.

10-Having rhythms to decompress is really helpful, like walking aimlessly through Target sipping coffee, taking laps in a park watching TikToks or sitting on a paddle board in the river playing on your phone. Allowing yourself to just kind of “check out” and quiet the noise from life around you and just being entertained is a great way to reset.

The Impact Vulnerability Has as a Leader | Colonel Matt Good | Being Whole Podcast

Colonel Matthew T. Good is a native of Texas. He went to Texas A & M University where he joined the Corps of Cadets where he excelled in scholastics and leadership training. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, where he has been an active duty officer for the last 26 years.

As a Marine, Matt has garnered many accolades and has led troops in combat during several deployments. He is highly respected and is currently serving as a Marine liaison to the US Senate.

Matt is not defined by his Marine Corps activities. He is an avid long distance runner and enjoys hiking the countryside with his wife and four kids. He is a world traveler, amateur archaeologist, writer and a true Renaissance man.

A few takeaways from my conversation with Matt Good

1- Be vulnerable about what you don’t know and lean into collaboration to grow.

2- Trust is not immediate, it is earned by showing you care in those little moments that build over time.

3- Even if an organization has failures, it’s really about coming together and believing that leading with vulnerability, trust and mutual respect is a winning approach.

4- Sitting down regularly in a safe space with others that have these shared beliefs or foundations can really keep your mental health strong whether you are stateside or abroad in the service.

5- Even when you lose your cool, be honest with those around you to let them know that your emotions may not actually be in result of what they did but something that is completely separate from them.

6-  If you’re not intentional, your career will continue to take and take until you realize you’ve got nothing left to give and nothing left for yourself to live a comfortable life.

7- It’s important to realize what is truly important to us and being mindful about what can wait until a later time. In being self aware in these two areas is how we can truly find a balance in our lives.

8- We are feeling beings who also think. Deliberately managing the water in your cup is important to be a person you feel proud to be. 

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