Author: Colin Nanka

I would like to be more accountable by 30%

Pre pandemic I would meet with my trainer or hit a spin class and push hard. In 2020, just bringing stability and moving the body was the goal. We are all seeing a light at the end of this covid tunnel and I need more exercise accountability. I was on a peloton ride last week from my condo, with two friends. You couldn’t have said that 18 months ago. We were riding the same class, comparing our stats and pushing each other harder than we would have alone. We start the ride with a quick conference call, “hit start” and close the ride with a quick call to rib each other. I have stats on Peloton and on my Whoop wearable and am finding when I ride with two friends I was increasing output by 30 percent.  Reminder, when you are ready, peer with friends, push one another and hold each other accountable to a higher standard. Defeating Average. Colin

I didn’t feel well so I lied down

I pride myself on being able to push through. I have run hundreds of miles in tough terrain. But this pandemic flexes different muscles. A few weeks ago I wasn’t feeling well. Zoom fatigue, not enough fresh air, groundhog day. I wasn’t sure but that was my best guess. As I shared with my wife Blake, she said, why don’t you cancel a couple of meetings this afternoon and lie down. I’ve pushed through that feeling in a non-pandemic era many times before. I thought maybe this time I should listen to my body and my wife and take a break. I canceled the meetings. I lied down. I felt better later that day and much better after a good night’s sleep. It’s ok to struggle, it’s ok to take a break, we all need one. Colin

Your Morning Checklist

We are skipping ahead a little bit to what your Daily Metrics of Success and Habits of Resilience could look like! Early in the pandemic of 2020, I started to get micro-focused every day. Groundhog day was real…and still is! I got laser-focused and clear on what my morning routine was going to be and how I was going to set my day up for success. Here is the list in text below in case it gives you a starting point to copy: Morning 1. Did I complete 5+ minutes of morning meditation or mindfulness? 2. Did I get to sleep by 930pm? 3. Morning Questions What brings me energy and life? What are you happy about? What are you excited about? What does success look like today? 4. Daily Intention What are your intentions in 3-5 words? 5. Movement and Nature? Did you get outside for fresh air three times today? Did you move your body (walk, yoga, run, cycle) for at least 20 minutes today? Evening 1. What are two things I am grateful …

Acceptance and Choice

The A in ABC coaching is Acceptance. The C is Choice. I’m going to double down on a few concepts this quarter. We need to see clearly what the reality is, not so we can accept the obstacles and decide we can’t overcome them but to have clarity on that challenge and make a choice if we are willing to do the hard work…to go through. When you see a blizzard ahead, do you turn back and go home or do you take shelter, create a plan, push forward, and take the right tools to push through? Defeating Average. Colin

Non-Striving in Sales 

If there was a year for non-striving it was 2020. You might have worked twice as hard to hit the same quota AND it was an opportunity to put your mental health first. Listening to world-leading meditation teacher Jon Kabat Zinn recently he said: “Non-striving is related to trust.  There is no place to go Nothing to do Nothing to attain   When you adopt that mindset, everything is attainable. There is a vortex of insights and clarity awaiting you.”

Mistakes Happen in Benign Situations

“It’s about being a warrior. It doesn’t matter about the cause necessarily. This is your path and you will pursue it with excellence. You face your fear because the goal demands it. That is the warrior spirit. I think Free Soloing is very similar. You give 100% because your life depends on it.” – Alex Honnold, World-Class Rock Climber I was listening to an awesome podcast episode with Dr. Michael Gervais interviewing Jimmy Chin, famed photographer, skier, alpine adventurer, and filmmaker. Highly recommend! Finding Mastery – Jimmy Chin – Shifting Your Perspective on What’s Possible Jimmy Chin filmed Alex Honnold in “Free Solo” doing the most difficult rock climb (without ropes) ever attempted in 2017. He talked about Alex’s mindset preparing.  How he visualized. He visualized both his successful manoeuvers and sequences needed on the rockface (like a Chessmaster) AND what will happen if he made mistakes. As Jimmy Chin said, “mistakes in climbing happens when people are tired and way more often on the decent in benign situations.” Visualizing both success, and mistakes and accepting …

Song of the Heart

“To love someone is to learn the song in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgot” – Arne Garborg (Norwegian Writer)   I heard a great quote recently that I think beautifully summarizes how we should take care of our loved ones in challenging times.    We all get down. It’s easy in these time periods.    To finding the song for the person most important to you.    Defeating Average.   Colin 

Character is Revealed by Struggle

In Joseph’s Campbell the Hero’s Journey, one key stage of human experience is experiencing the “Abyss.” Some of us put ourselves through the trials to slay the dragon ahead of it actually happening to be prepared, while others are thrust into it unknowingly. Whichever journey you are on, eventually you will be tested. Your character will be revealed in this struggle. I would argue all of us are being tested right now in Covid times. When faced with challenges or high-pressure situations, I often ask myself, what is the learning opportunity? In these moments the layers of an onion are peeled back and character is revealed. Lean into these anxious times. You can come out on the other side a changed individual. Defeating Average. Colin

Courage Means Asking for Help

Its been a challenging year. So many people are struggling. I have felt anxious, angry, and frustrated. I saw a great talk recently where a courageous woman recovering from cancer said “sometimes being courageous means asking for help and taking on less. Letting others take center stage and covering for you, helps others grow and helps you recover.” Wise Words. We all need a break these days. Be gentle with yourself. Offer to cover for others when you see they need help. Ask for help when you need a rest and live to fight on another day. Colin