Soldier receives CSF2 mental training, paying it forward to fellow soldiers
2nd Lt. Brian Butz credits mental training with his local Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Training Center for helping him to pass the Expert Infantry Badge (EIB) test at Fort Carson, Colorado in August.
Butz first met Kelly O’Brien, a Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Expert with the Fort Carson CSF2 Training Center when his battalion received performance training. Following the training, the Soldiers were advised on how mental skills could benefit a variety of areas. He then decided to do one-on-one training with O’Brien to help him prepare for EIB and other future endurance challenges.
“Your mindset is very important. It helps in daily life with integrity. I learned if you can control your brain and your thoughts and actually utilize them, you can stay focused on the task at hand,” says Butz. “Once you do one good thing and become grateful for things you do have, you can build on that.”
“In EIB I helped my buddy focus on the current lane we were at. I presented the techniques I learned in an infantrymen way — a relatable way,” said Butz. “I’ve learned a lot from the CSF2 Training Center and the performance training I received from them. There is no subject that is finite; there is more to learn. I recommend mental training from the CSF2 Training Center to those who are willing to learn. You need to humble yourself to do better,” he said. “My next plan is to continue to work with my platoon to train and execute the good mission.”