#45: Ryan Harris | Daily Habits and Mentality of a Super-Bowl Champion

Ryan Harris on The MindMill Podcast
Ryan Harris on The MindMill Podcast

Ryan Harris is retired NFL offensive lineman, talk show host, author, and motivational speaker. Ryan is a Super Bowl Champion, who protected Peyton Manning during the Denver Broncos most recent championship season. After retiring from professional football, Ryan shifted his focus to public speaking and sharing the lessons he learned from decades of elite athletics.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) poses for a photo with teammate Ryan Harris following the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18 to advance to the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Today is the final episode of the Habit hacking series here on the MindMill. Early in 2019, the MindMill teamed up with an event to promote the understanding, impact, dissection, and mastering of our personal habits. The summit, Habit Hackers, was a massive success; bringing hundreds together to learn from top performers, entrepreneurs, Super Bowl champions, and elite coaches. The day-long summit was packed with presentations and workshops to aide in mastering routines that shape our lives. I had the pleasure of interviewing the creator, David Blutenthal on the podcast to discuss his inspiration for habit hackers. We also dove into our own trials and tribulations surrounding our personal habits. Great episode, be sure to go back and give it a listen or refresher. David is expanding Habit Hackers this year with a series of mini-workshops before the next big summit in early 2020. These workshops will give people hands-on opportunities to tackle their habits in different areas of life with accountability and social support. Whether you desire to transform your personal finance habits, create a more effective communication, or build new structures for your health and fitness, you’ll find something to take on with these workshops. You can find more information about all things Habit Hackers at https://habithackers.co.

Ryan Harris on The MindMill Podcast
Ryan Harris on The MindMill Podcast

This episode absolutely flew by, and I’m so excited to share it with you. Today we are with Super Bowl Champion, talk show host, author, and motivational speaker Ryan harris. Ryan is a retired NFL offensive lineman who protected Peyton Manning during the Denver Broncos most recent championship season. After retiring from professional football, Ryan shifted his focus to public speaking and sharing the lessons he learned from decades of elite athletics.

Ryan completely embodies his positivity and excitement for life. From the beginning of our interview, we couldn’t help but laugh and joke around. I don’t get too many chances to talk about football on the show, so I took the opportunity to hear from an absolute expert. After some obligatory college football trash talk, Ryan opened up about how his attitude and dedication to incremental improvements led to his longevity as a top competitor. We then move the conversation to his routines for success post NFL. Ryan has learned so much as a family man and businessman. He opens up about the daily habits that keep him at his best; as a father, a husband, and as a public speaker.

Ryan Harris on The MindMill Podcast
Ryan Harris on The MindMill Podcast

I gotta put it out there. I was only one of the multiple interviews Ryan gave this day. He got his names mixed up, and called me “Terry” towards the end of our conversation. haha while slightly embarrassing for both of us, the quality of our interview more than made up for it. I mentioned it after we wrapped up, and got him back on the air to smooth it out. Oh the lessons we learn as podcasters. I loved this interview, and am so excited to share “Terry” I mean Ryan Harris’ story on the MindMill podcast.



CONTACT Ryan Harris

ryanharris68.com

Ryan’s Newest Book – Mindset for Mastery: An NFL Champion’s Guide to Reaching Your Greatness

Bio



Super Bowl 50 Champion Ryan Harris is a 10 year veteran of the NFL. Ryan was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2007 as an offensive tackle. Ryan left Denver for a few years and continued his career with the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs. He then came back to Denver and played left tackle in the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 Championship year. Most recently Ryan was with the Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring at the end of the 2016 season. Ryan played college football at the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with two degrees, one in Economics and Policy and the other in Political Science. Ryan is a practicing Muslim, from Minnesota, and currently resides with his family in Denver, CO.

Off the field, Ryan believes that together we can change the world. He believes that “It is your right to be extraordinary.” That when we embrace that right, we create positive change in the world. And through our commitment to educate ourselves, invest in our communities and act on our passions, real change happens.

“It is your right to be extraordinary. When we embrace that right, we create positive change in the world.”


Show Notes

0:08 Intro

0:40 Seth talks about The MindMill Booklet

2:00 Final episode in the Habit Hackers series

3:15 Seth intros Ryan Harris 

4:14 Seth talks about being called ‘Terry’  at the end of the interview 

4:44 Ryan harris joins the show

5:00 College football

5:20 Ryan talks about Trevor Lawrence

6:14 Seth talks about the feeling of the student section at a game 

6:20 Ryan talks about limited time in college 

6:45 They discuss Trevor Lawrence being potential like Patrick Mahomes 

7:37 Ryan talks about how the second year in a program lets you work on technique

8:15 Seth asks about Ryans habits 

8:36 Ryans on how habits are tools

9:35 Celebrating every win

10:27 Focusing on breathing

10:48 Seth talks about the Wim Hof breathing technique

11:48 Ryan talks about learning how to breath 

12:53 Seth talks about the importance of leaning breath work 

13:54 Seth asks about how Ryans career change made a different in his habits 

14:03 Ryan talks about the importance of forgiveness

14:57 Ryan talks about taking care of himself first 

16:10 Seth asks about an early discipline

16:23 Ryan talks about finding and celebrating even little wins

17:10 Ryan prompts a talk about being grateful 

17:44 Ryan talks about being comfortable with being uncomfortable 

18:15 Ryan talks taking notes and finding the details

18:50 Seth talks about flow states

19:23 Ryan talks about giving yourself space 

19:39 Seth talks about taking control of your emotion 

20:04 Ryan talks about meditating 

20:50 Ryan talks about overcoming fear

21:20 Seth asks about personal habits

21:29 Ryan talks vacations and changing your surroundings

22:56 Seth talks about needing to plan spontaneity

23:35 Ryan talks about planing

24:27 Seth asks about habits Ryan is trying to break 

24:49 Ryan talks about self doubt and anger 

26:06 Ryan talks about burn out

26:26 Seth talks about changing life style 

26:38 Ryan talks about make work worth it

26:51 Seth asks about what Ryan does when he is at a breaking point 

27:00  Ryan talks about how he changed his reactions  

27:59 Ryan talks about choosing empathy

29:06 Seth ask about balancing routine with spontaneity 

29:37 Ryan talks about forgiveness

30:57 Ryan talks about having people come to him

31:53 Ryan apologizes for confusing Seth with Terry 

32:34 Outro 


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