A re-do of an old post.
I know some of you reading this are in leadership positions, and others are, but don't yet know it. I used a combination of things to get my team and the teams I took over to keep going. If I didn't tell you this story...when we were going into Falljuah on our first mission, in Dec 2004, I could tell my lads were a little uptight the morning we got up before the mission. I looked at them and could see it on their faces.
As we loaded stuff from our tin cans (trailers) to take with us, I told them: "we need to go eat a big breakfast!"
"Eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, oatmeal, cereal, apples, oranges, SOS, coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, toast, everything we can eat!"
The younger soldier looked at me and had a puzzled face and said: "I'm not sure I can eat anything right now..."
I looked him right in the eyes and said:
"Men, you can't shit your pants in fear on an empty stomach."
That got them to breath, laugh and we had chow and drove on.....
Somebody asked me one time, if I had to shoot anybody in Iraq, how could I do it. I answered with:
"Sight picture,control your breathing....trigger press. FIRE!