All posts filed under: Defeating Average

Put Your Big Rocks In the Jar First

Prioritization should be your biggest focus area right now. There is an old parable about the best way to put three items in a jar. Sand, pebbles, and rocks. If you put the sand in first, you can put in some pebbles and there is no room for the big rocks. If you put in the pebbles first, you can add the sand and there is little room for the big rocks. If you put in your big rocks first, you can then fill in the smaller spaces with pebbles and the smallest spaces with sand. Your big rocks are the most important things you are focused on every week. In these times, mine are family, health, and wellness, work and there is very little room for sand. If you leave too many gaps, they will get filled with things you probably should not be focused on right now. Defeating Average. Colin


Embrace your blemishes  I was listening to a Calm App daily meditation this past weekend and they introduced the term Wabi-sabi from Japanese culture.  Definition: “A world view centered on acceptance on transience and imperfection.” It was described as beautiful imperfections in what you experience.  We are in an imperfect time with lots of cracks in our confidence and veneer.  Embrace the imperfections as opportunities to create change and the blemish that makes each one of us unique.  What can you accept this week about the imperfections in the world? Defeating Average. Colin

Design Your Best Day

Crisis Creates Opportunity I’ve talked to a few thought leaders in the last week and they are all struggling and adjusting to these strange times, just like you. These are unprecedented times and it requires a renewed focus on critical priorities. These are mine: Family First Outside family walking time built into the schedule once in the morning and once in the afternoon Powerful Questions each morning What are you excited about today? What are you happy about? What are you grateful for? What’s possible to create today? Play the long game One day at a time and visualize when we come out of this thing Defeating Average. Colin

5 Ways to Crush Virtual Meetings 

Crisis is an opportunity. In the virtual environment, we are now in for the next few weeks at least, virtual meetings will take center stage. Here are four reminders on how to run your most impactful meetings and keep peoples attention. 1. Use Data Stories are 22 more memorable than facts. Data is an attention grabber.  Follow it up with an insight of your own and then ask a question to drive a successful dialog just like news anchors.  2. Story Telling Stories activate parts in the brain that allow the listener to turn the story into their own ideas and experience.  If I said, I am going to start this meeting off with a story, pause and reflect on how that makes you feel. 3. Repeat Peoples Names Bob, storytelling is 22 times more memorable than facts. I’ve often found that when I start a presentation with a story, people are more engaged. Bob, what has your experience been?  4. Repeat You Key Messages  People only remember 10% of what you present in a virtual …

Obstacles are the way

“The only way out is through.” – Robert Frost We have a rough road ahead.  Prior to the Corona outbreak, we’ve just come through an intense couple of months at work. Something I took from my ultra-endurance races is “accepting the obstacles in front of me” weekly and thinking through solutions.  Previously I would spin on the “what if things don’t go well” when they may not impact my critical priorities.  I’ve answered this question weekly: What are the obstacles to overcome this week? Anxiety on preparing for a key meeting Tough people conversations  Getting all the content created for a presentation  Our daughter not sleeping through the night  Then I think through how to handle.  The effect: Reduces anxiety if the item goes sideways  Outlines what is true and what is just a story in my head  Keeps my thoughts focused on critical items  When we visualize our way through the obstacles, we are halfway through.  Stay safe, stay together.  Defeating Average in crisis.  Colin

7 Ways To Get Through Isolation

In the upcoming weeks, I will be focusing on writing on “crisis creates opportunity“ With all of us a little more separated in the coming weeks, even the most positive of us can feel isolated or down. What are the things that bring you joy? In the past, I have written down things that bring me joy and sprinkled them in my schedule over the coming month. I am doubling down on what brings me and my family joy. Here is my list of 7. I encourage you to create yours. 1. Having an afternoon nap with the family 2. Playing on the floor with my daughter 3. Writing more blogs 4. Reading more pages of books than I have in the past couple of months 5. Speaking more to our neighbors and seeing how they are doing 6. Eating Banana Bread 7. Going on long walks outside with the family Create your own list. Put it on your iPhone. Sprinkle it into the upcoming month. Defeating Average in Crisis. Colin

Crisis is Opportunity + 7 Recommendations

In turbulent times, having the right questions to ask yourself every morning is critical. This helps shift you into the right headspace. What I am excited about today? What could I be excited about today? What am I grateful for? What will bring me joy today? What is possible? As we all head into unprecedented times, we need to come together and support one another. Your family, your neighbor, your community. Top 7 Things I am thinking:   1. Prioritize – If it does not support my family, my friends, and community, my company, or bring me joy, I am cutting it out. 2. Rest / Recovery – With less movement and travel comes the opportunity to recharge. Sleep is where 90% of the body heals.  A good thing to be focused on right now. 3. Reconnect with your family – We are often “busy”. Now is the time to support one another, and where possible look eyeball to eyeball and help each other. 4. Breath – Whether being mindful or just slowing down and fully …

If he can do it, I can do it

If he can do it I can do it  He showed up every day, whether he felt good or not. In 1980, when I was six years old, a young man named Terry Fox who had his leg amputated due to cancer captivated a nation. He was a regular guy who did something extraordinary. He was a young and vibrant 18-year-old University student in Canada. While recovering in the hospital he saw the impact cancer had on other young kids.   He said “coach, I didn’t understand cancer affects young people and they are giving up. They are not trying. While I was there, kids my age and younger, passed away. What can I do to give these people hope to keep fighting?” He asked himself “what can I do with one leg?” Powerful Question Terry heard about a man who ran the NYC marathon with one leg and that was the spark. Famously he said, “If he can do it I can do it.”  He created the Marathon of Hope and trained to run near a marathon …

The Compass to Finding Your Next Gear

Continuing our conversation from last week, I was recently talking to a friend about teaching people to overcome tough obstacles. If you read about Navy Seals training and experience they say “when you think you are done, you have 40% more left in the tank.”  I experienced this in the desert running. When you run a marathon a day for four days and still have 50 miles left to go, it’s a little bit of mental confusion and anguish. You are anxious. Many questions and thoughts come into your head: I am finished! This is tough, I can’t do this, this is crazy, how could they possibly think we could do this? The challenge: Crossing the chasm. How can I possibly get there? Approach: Ask better questions. Reflect Get Curious Get Resourceful Lean-to Action Inspire yourself Reflect: Wow this is really hard, what is the learning opportunity for me?  Life is hard and this is pushing me to the limit of my potential. Get Curious: What is possible for me at this moment? Get Resourceful: How do I …