How to Write, Breathe, and Wake UP Better (Your Weekly Flight Brief)


You can now fully digest the weekly flight briefing in the format of your choice. Video, Podcast or Blog Edition. 


In this week’s edition, you’ll Write Better, Breathe Better, and Wake Up Happier.

Now, how is THAT for packing a lot in a small package?


What I Am Reading

Ok, if you promise not to laugh at me, I’ll tell you what I am reading right now.

Ok, here goes.

I am reading The Lost Art of Handwriting by Brenna Jordan.
I know it may sound strange that a combat vet Marine fighter pilot would be reading a book on handwriting. But here’s the dealio…over the years my handwriting has gone from “Catholic School OK” to something that looks like the work of a chicken on amphetamines.

The only problem with such an aberration is that a lot of my live teaching is on a flip chart or white board. And it doesn’t make a sense to write on a board if your audience thinks it’s Mandarin.

Enter the handwriting book! Everyday I’ve been doing daily exercises and you know what, I am getting better. Plus, there has been a nice little side benefit: practicing handwriting is a nice meditative break to an otherwise busy day.

I dare you to try it.

What I Am Focusing On Right Now

Total Mind Control
I know. I know. I’ve been talking about Total Mind Control now for 3 weeks now.
But it’s important.
One of my missions in life is to take total control over every thought that goes through this squishy grey stuff upstairs. I am not 100% there yet, but I am a lot closer. And the nice side benefit is that with Total Mind Control has come a lot of peace.

Speaking of Mind Control, this brings me to…

My Latest Resource

Wim Hof Breathing App.

Wim Hof is a freak of nature. This is a guy known as The Iceman. He is noted for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures and Guinness world records for swimming under ice and prolonged full-body contact with ice. He holds the record for a barefoot half-marathon on ice and snow.

Half marathon.
On ice.
And snow.

He also willingly injected himself with e Coli and used his breathing techniques to fully suppress any symptoms.


Anyway, Wim has a breathing method that is quite simple and only takes about 5 minutes a day to practice. I have been using it first thing in the morning to jump-start my brain and also just before bed to slow things down.

Give it a shot.

Challenge of the Week

My challenge this week is…

The Gratitude Challenge: every day for the next 7 days, make your first conscious thought in the morning something you are thankful for.

That’s it.

You literally wake up and before doing anything else, just be thankful. I do it like this…

  1. I wake up
  2. Before even getting out of bed, I choose 3 things
  3. Then I say “thank you” to my Creator for the blessings.*

It’s a small thing that can have a dramatic effect on the rest of your day.

That’s it.

Now go execute,

P.S. This is the 2nd Edition of this Weekly Flight Brief. If you’ve been helped in any way, would you do me a favor? Jump over here to the YouTube channel and say something nice in the comments. I personally read every comment and I sure would consider it an honor if you said hello.

* Side note: I knew this habit was kicking into gear when the last dream I had before waking up was me saying thank you.

About The Author

Ed Rush is a world-renown speaker, a five-time #1 bestselling author, and a highly successful business consultant who was featured on CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC. He has spent a significant amount of time in the cockpit of an F-18 fighter jet, so he knows the value of strategy and the power of focus. He has effectively taken the principles that he learned flying faster than the speed of sound, and translated them into good business. His clients range from small startups to multinational organizations, and include CEOs, founders, political leaders, sports teams, national universities, Hollywood stars, and even a contestant on Donald Trump’s The Apprentice. To buy any of Ed's books, visit his bookstore right now or hire Ed to speak at your next event.