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Change = Opportunity

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
– Leon Megginson

A quote often attributed to Charles Darwin. Upon further reading, it seems like a business professor Leon Megginson at Louisiana State University delivered this in a speech in 1963.  Who knew?
 
My experience in 20+ years in the workforce this is true. Those most willing to mold and adapt as change comes upon them and see opportunity rather than obstacles and anxiety will accelerate their own growth and career.

Colin

10 Things That Bring You Joy

An old classic from 2010

Many of us do not take time to appreciate what brings joy into our life. We are consumed making a living, paying the bills, taking care of kids/family, obligations, and keeping our head above water. 

Have you ever thought, if you could take an unplanned day, what you would do?  There are many successful entrepreneurs/executives and executive coaches that believe the time to rejuvenate the spirit is absolutely essential to their success. Some take personal time every 2nd week, take a 5-day extended weekend every month or take an adventure/relaxation trip once per quarter. Many of us in corporate land may find a challenge in those scenarios, however, there are creative ways it can be done.

Think about it for a few minutes, what is it that brings you joy? Take out a pen and write down ten things that bring you joy (or for those of you reading on the blackberry/iPhone, create a task and type it in). 

Some will come from times in the past when you were a kid or maybe something you have not done in quite a long time.

Here is my list

  1. Eating a pepperoni, green pepper with fresh tomato pizza
  2. Go for a relaxing massage
  3. Eat an ice cream cone (double waffle cone – pralines and cream, cookies and cream)
  4. Kick a soccer ball at the net in a local park
  5. Grab a bunch of guys and play a game of street hockey….car!!
  6. Catch an afternoon matinee
  7. Play tennis or head out for a round of golf with a friend
  8. Go Mountain biking, hit a boxing class or play a game of squash
  9. Go for an early morning run as the sun comes up
  10. Get in a few games of ping-pong, lawn darts, or a game of poker with the guys
  11. Spend the afternoon reading a book
  12. Catch up with a friend I have not talked to in awhile at 4 pm on a Friday afternoon
  13. Catch a live sporting event (Tennis US Open is one of my favorites)

So what to do? Create a list of ten things you love to do that bring you joy! Write them down, keep the list handy and start integrating those activities into your weekly and monthly routine.

Take a look at your schedule and pencil them in so you know they will get done. Sprinkle these activities into your schedule over the next 6 weeks. Some will be easier than others….and some will surprise you in how much joy they can bring you rekindling the child of the past.

The next one for me to tick off the list is pulling the soccer ball out of storage, pumping it up and going to hit the local park.

Have a great week!

Colin

Are you “Trust”-Worthy?

We had a leader visit us many years ago in our Toronto office and he made the observation that Canadians use the colloquial words “truly, honestly and quite honestly” often!

“If what you say is true or you are honest, you don’t need to say the words! When you say “truly” it makes me think, you are not being truthful on a regular basis!”

Once it was pointed out, I started noticing it everywhere…and made sure I took it out of my vocabulary.

Trust is the foundation of everything we do.

The language you use is critical to expressing how you feel.

Colin

Do you know where you are going?

I’ve talked to a few people lately who have been struggling with their goals for 2018. Whether it’s simmering in the afterglow of a job well done or struggling to set the bar as high as you set it in 2017, there is only one way to go.

Enter, walk through the door to the new year, dig in and get started.
 
What does success look like for you in 2018?
 
Colin 

8 Ways to Nourish The Body In 2018

One of the questions I get often is about healthy eating, vitamins, and supplements.

The first thing I recommend when trying to improve a goal or habit….talk to a professional, or a coach!

When I was trying to take on a new habit below, a skill or knowledge, this is the approach that worked (after trying many different methods first!):

Healthy Eating – I took on a Nutritionist and a Holistic Naturopath
Focus on Energy Level – Holistic Naturopath
Running Programs – Running Coach
Strength Training – Trainer
Rehab Programs – Athletic Therapist
Flexibility and Balance – Yoga Class or 1:1 Yoga Session

The point is, a coach or professional provides both education, inspiration, and accountability. We often lose sight of the last piece. It’s crucial.

So here are the recommendations I have been using for the last five years from my Naturopath and Nutritionist for a healthy and active late 30’s to early 40’s individual that have made a significant difference in my health and well being.

Caveat – These work for me, please consult your own health practitioner for what is right for you. I order most of my products on Amazon or get in local health shops, and you can find them in yours.

Challenges I was solving for:
Increase energy levels
Reduce inflammation and pain in joints
Sleep better
Increase immunity
Improve gut health
Make an impact on my 10 to 20 to 40-year health and well being

1. Vitamin D – Gel Caps – 5,000 – 10,000 IU’s per day (Fall to Spring). For people in cities that do not get outside and get 20 min+ of natural sunlight per day)
I use gel caps vs. liquid as I find its less mess. Now brands are one I use. There are many good ones.
Vitamin D helps aid the absorption of all other minerals in your body

2. Fish Oil – 2,000 – 4,000 mg (EPA/DHA) depending on how much exercise you do. I take 4,000 mg daily.
Nordic Naturals has been a good brand for me
My mother and many older people use this for joint pain. Works well!

3. Zinc – 60-100mg per day. Again depends on how much exercise you do, but everyone needs Zing, it is an essential trace element and prevents and helps when we get a cold or are run down.
Now brand or Solgar have been good for me

4. Vitamin C – I take one tab per day through the winter. You can get a good dose of vitamin C from Orange Juice and Carrots, but I like to make sure I am getting it daily if I don’t have those or other natural food/juice. Same as Zinc helps prevent colds or assist when run down.

5. Magnesium Glycinate or Calm (Magnesium Powder Mixture) – Many people have magnesium deficiency or through heavy work and athletic workload wear it down quickly. I take 400mg every evening in heavy training. It also aids in naturally calming the body in the evening for sleep.
Many friends Natural Calm in the evening.
I personally use KAL brand Magnesium Glycinate

6. Pro-Biotics – If one thing has made the most difference in general health for me, its been a combination of this one and the next. After much research and reading, I am a big believer that reducing inflammation in the body and lowering your PH level contributes to positive gut health, which significantly improves overall health.

I have tried capsules and liquid and I find the liquid form much more impactful. Again for me.
I use Bio K Brand – Organic Brown Rice (Blueberry)
I have reducing dairy in my overall diet and feel much better when I do. Bio K comes in 3-4 different types, including Dairy and Soy.

7. Spirulina – Concentrated greens to reduce gut acidity and boost immunity. I started taking these days as I really started ramping up training 6-7 years ago and really focusing on energy levels. Like starting the day with good meditation, I start my day with Bio K above and 6-8 tabs of Spirulina to put greens in the tank to start the day. These are especially impactful when traveling when the diet choices are harder to make. I find it reduces the chance of getting sick and run down. From the recommendation of both my Naturopath and Nutritionist, I bought these tabs on my last three adventure races when the body can really get acidic, and I completed each race with an iron stomach. My experience in testing from simple daily environments to some of the harshest in the world, have proven the impact to me.
I use Nutrex – Pure Hawaii and there are many other great brands. At 6 tabs a day, this 400 tab bottle should last at least two months.
I have tried the powder and tab form. Use the tab form. The powder does not taste good and is messy!

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8. Digestives – For those with digestive challenges or if looking to even out energy levels while eating through the day, digestives can be a great help. I use them when consuming bigger meals or in advance of one of “those really big friends dinners” that we often attend. I find they help kick-start the digestive system and reduce the big energy dip and malaize that often happens.
Now Brand Super Enzymes – Now is good and again many other good brands out there
When your body if focusing on digesting, especially before you sleep at night, less energy goes towards healing your body.

If you are really pushing the body hard 5-6 times a week and training for a big run or event, happy to share a couple other natural supplements that will help reduce inflammation and aid repair.

Hopefully, these suggestions help you kick-start your own health and well being up a couple notches in 2018.

Colin

Three Reasons Why You Should Be A Caretaker of Others Careers

I remember many years ago talking to an employee who left our company. He hadn’t had a great experience with a previous manager. It just so happened in the new company he had gone to, which he was really enjoying, they were expanding, adding a new team and looking for a new manager.

He was thriving in this new company and role and had found a great fit. His VP came over to talk to him about the manager vacancy to get his opinion. He had an application for the job from someone he was connected to on linked in. You guessed it, his old boss!

He was professional about his thoughts on his attributes but had to let him know it was one of the reasons he had left his previous role. That was enough for the VP, not interested.

As many senior leaders and mentors have shared with me, career progression is messy and you never know when people earlier in your career or junior to you will have an impact on your next role!

Here are three reasons to be a caretaker for other peoples careers:

1. You never know who has decision making impact in your next role. One that may be your dream job!

2. What you #payforward in my experience comes back to you in spades. The more you support others careers, the more good will you will have to support yours.

3. Any big goal worth getting done takes a team approach and partnership regardless of if you have manager in your title. Having the support of others and access to their resources is key.

Colin

Finding Joy and Meaning in Everything You Do

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After watching Roger Federer win his 20th Grand Slam title in Australia at the age of 36 this past weekend you have to wonder what keeps him going!?

Perhaps his ability to find joy and meaning in almost every aspect of his job.

“I enjoy practice,” Federer said, when asked how he maintains his motivation at this stage of his career. “Not minding the travel. Having a great team around me, they make it possible. At the end it’s seeing that my parents are incredibly proud and happy that I’m still doing it. They enjoy coming to tournaments. That makes me happy and play better.”

At the end of the day, Federer is just a guy who loves his job, and happens to be better at it than just about anybody is at anything.

When you can find the joy in every aspect of your job, you will never work a day in your life.

Colin

It’s the Courage to Continue That Counts

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

– Winston Churchill
 
As we turn the corner of a new year at Salesforce, many are upon a momentous finish. Whether you achieved every goal set or it was a year of highs and lows, every experience is valuable in setting up the next breakthrough.
 
How can you personally finish with no regrets?
Colin