Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday Quote

My Man Art!

You do not need to be different from who you are. You only need to be more of the person you already are. ~Brian Tracy

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mental WOD 13: Getting Back on Track

We all fall off the wagon at some point in our life. We all slack off and lose the fire.

I have fallen off the blogging wagon! My goal for this blog is to post 5x a week. I was going strong for the first 6 months. Then sh*t happens! My priorities shifted and thus the lack of consistency in my posting suffered. But I am commitment ed to regaining my blogging fire!

How do you get off track with your commitments?
Do you get back on track? How?

There are a ton of blogs and lists to help you get back on track: "Eat the Frog, Prioritize, Make Time, Change your routine, etc..."

What is it that truly gets you back on track? What is the moment you finally say, "I've had it!" And that is the point you decide to change for the good.

What I have found to work with me is to recruit someone to help me. Its easy to justify why I should or shouldn't do something that is good for me or what I want to do. When I tell someone I trust and respect to help hold me accountable in advance, because I know I will try to weasel out of it in the future. They are right there to step in and help me when I need it. I think that is why I love to be that person for others because it in-turn helps me learn from myself in the process. 

This week's Mental WOD is to find the one BIG thing that has been lingering for far too long to get done or get started...and DO IT! Also, post to comments what it took for you to get back on track.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Mental WOD 12: Want It vs. Do It

Most of us have good...actually great intentions. We are motivated, we set goals, we PRIORITIZE them, but for some crazy reason it takes forever to accomplish or not accomplish at all!


Life is crazy, fast, and sometimes unmanagable. But is it really?

Two things happen to us in life. We take control or life takes control of us. Which side of the fence are you on?

A great way to set yourself up to succeed with your goals is to create priorities in your life and stick to them.

Here are 5 ways to create rules and guidelines to live by and create progress and balance in your life:

1- Create priorities. If you don't take care of YOU 1st everything you WANT to accomplish will suffer. Balance is key. Do not bump exercise, play and time with family or friend in favor of work or tasks to do. If you don't get enough to recharge your balance battery your productivity will go down, your body will break down (injured, stressed, get sick).

2- Get your deadline work done first. Attach dates/timelines to tasks that are of importance. Create urgency to get those tasks done and avoid getting distracted with less important things (checking facebook, answering not important emails, daydreaming, etc...)

3- Recognize that some things really are better done tomorrow. This is really an extension of #2. We may have a lot on our list but that doesn't mean it all has to get done today. When you prioritize the important vs. not urgent you will be more focused and relaxed throughout your day and week.

4- Outsource. Ask for help when needed. We aren't super heroes here. It's easier to ask for help if you have been willing to help out others in the past. Its a two way street.

5- Stop overpromising and over scheduling. It is easy to WANT to do more and more. It is good intentions but will end up with bad results. Stay organized and focused take on what works with you and your schedule.

List taken from Unchained Entrepreneur

Friday, July 15, 2011

5 Most Inspirational Places...

#6 was everytime I teach a CF WOD

When and where are the places to be when inspiration hits? You know, the time when you have the best ideas, the best thoughts, motivation, life changing AAHAA moments... When its the Best kind of inspiration it finds you, you can't go looking for it. But I believe you have those places where it is easier for inspiration to happen. Here is my favorite 5 places:

1. In an airplane.
2. Long Road Trips.
3. By myself at the beach, hiking, sitting at the lake.
4. Waking up early with a cup of coffee/tea, in a quiet home before anyone else is awake.
5. Walking Rambo, or on a long run (which doesn't happen very often;-)

What about you? When and where does inspiration find you?

Some info and idea from a past CFLA post

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Best Way to be Your Best...

This isn't what we're talking about...

Surrounding yourself with people that are better than you.

The people we surround ourselves with determine how we think, speak and act. They will LIFT you up or PULL you down.

"Well duh!" So how do I find better people to hang out with. A lot of the time it starts with YOU first. I found a great list to go by from: Jason Seidan...

  • Let go of judgment. The first step in recognizing talent is recognizing talent! You can only do this if you are able to put aside your own issues and prejudices and see others for who they are. ie, if you’re starving, any chef is a 4 star chef. You’ve got to be able to compensate for your own “schtick” when assessing others.
  • Let go of ignorance. Sifting through the self-promoters to get to what’s real requires that you have some education about the world around you.
  • Let go of jealousy. If you’re jealous of what they’ve got, you’ll feel it, they’ll feel it, and badness will be inevitable.
  • Let go of need. Needing others is only fractionally better than being jealous of them. Needing people leads you to make demands. Which amps up the awkward and ends painfully.
  • Let go of labels. Strong people don’t need anyone to define a relationship with labels because they’re able to figure it out on their own. Trying to label a relationship can scare a strong person off. (Not comfortable with ambiguity? Keep that to yourself.)
  • Let go of doubt. Great people want people around them who are even better then themselves. If you don’t believe you belong, you don’t belong.
  • Let go of control. Great people will do things you don’t understand and can’t explain. Insisting on living in a world you fully understand will keep you from experiencing people who can open you up to new and bigger ideas. Great people approach their worlds with innocence, wonder, and curiosity.
  • Let go of you. Help the people around you shine brighter. The strong ones’ll keep you around and start feeding your gift back to you. (The weak ones will show their true colors by trying to take advantage or assuming malintent on your part—easy to deal with once you’re prepared for it.)
  • Let go of work/life distinctions. When the relationship comes first, it’s sometimes difficult to know if it’s going to grow into friendship, business, or both. Especially with great people who jump from idea to idea with ease, and make no distinction between a project that makes money and one done for fun. Be profersonal.
  • Let go of self-esteem. The thing about surrounding yourself with awesome is, you are always being challenged. It’s with love and support, but they’re challenges nonetheless, and you must win, without help, without cheating, without rationalizing. And when you don’t win, you must bounce back quickly and confidently because you don’t want to fail twice in a row.
  • Let go of ego. You love that local band? Accept that you’re just one small part of their success, and help them get big anyway. Make it your goal to enjoy next year’s conversation with that girl who claims she “discovered” the band on the radio “last month.”
  • Let go of negative. Awesome people fix things or laugh about them. They see no third option.
  • Let go of safe. Surrounding yourself with extraordinary people guarantees one thing: change. Scary, risky, life-altering change. No-more-comfort-zone change. For instance, if I were the worlds’ best matchmaker and we were hanging out, I could find you your true love. When I did, would you be ready? Great people requires us to abandon the safe harbor of our routines.
Did you get it yet? Greatness happens when you let go. It’s the ultimate “stone soup;” you bring only your true self and all the other ingredients you think you need actually are provided by others when the time comes. It takes an incredible amount of self-confidence and faith to play this game—but I never did say it was easy.

Choose to better yourself by choosing better people to be with.