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Schedule Your Inspiration

If you don’t schedule it, it may not happen. I find my best days are when I connect with mentors, growth mindset peers or people I am mentoring. I have learned over time that life gets really busy and before you know it, 6 months have passed and you have not connected with some people that really inspire you. I schedule in bi-weekly and monthly meetings with these type of people so that every week I have inspiring conversations to look forward to. February Challenge – Schedule your inspiration. Defeating Average Daily. Colin

The truly civilized man is marked by empathy

“The truly civilized man is marked by empathy.” – Malcolm Kerr, from a collection of Essays 1967 (and Father of Steve Kerr, NBA Coach) Whether you are a fan of the Golden State Warriors or not, NBA legendary player and coach has a lot to teach. This is a great conversation where he talks about what he learned from USC and Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carrol about how he learned to be a great coach, after leaving his first NFL job. Listen to Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors Head Coach from Finding Mastery: Conversations with Michael Gervais in Podcasts. Also, hear about why having a vision is only the start of the journey. Have a vision, share the vision and allow it to shift from the input. Instilling values, bringing everyone along and reflecting on them daily has been a critical learning for Steve and his team. More great nuggets, highly recommend. Have a great week. Colin

92% of New Years Resolutions Fail and Here is Why

92% of New Year Resolutions fail and this is why Resolution is defined as:   a firm decision to do or not to do something. Synonyms: The intention, resolve, decision, intent, aim, plan; more Resolution is the inspiration, decision, the intention to make a positive change….and the achievement of that change are in Action, Commitment, Discipline.   Commitment is either on or off like an old computer program 1 (True) or 0 (False). How do you help fulfill a commitment to yourself? When the goal or habit gets tough, know who and what are in your corner. What is your why behind the goal? Is it strong enough?  I find thinking through and writing this out is helpful Who are you accountable to? It needs to be more than yourself.  Your partner? Are their people you can collaborate with that are looking for a similar outcome?  How are you getting momentum on your goal? What is one small thing you can do today? Email somebody and tell them, or book a meeting. One big thing you can do towards it? …

The most underrated and simple phrase you are not using enough

Thank You Saying thank you will directly impact your success and enrollment of people around you. Some people do work for money, most do it for pride, purpose and connecting with others. People want to feel engaged and appreciated for the work they do and contributing to something bigger than themselves. When you say “thank you”, give one or two examples in how they contributed to your success. A project or deal is not done until you thank everyone who made major contributions. Add more thank you’s into your upcoming weeks and you will see the difference a few minutes of your time makes. Thank You for being a reader and giving me the inspiration to continue to write. Have a great Thanksgiving long weekend for those in the US. Colin

My Interview on Netflix – Cheating Death

I had an interview earlier this year for a show called “A User’s Guide For Cheating Death” and episode 6 focused on mindfulness, well-being and how people cope with life in a stressful world.    My example is how I used mindfulness to cope with anxiety in Ultra races and how that can translate back into life. My part is 30 minutes in and I encourage you to watch the whole episode as Timothy Caufield travels all over the world to find experts who have the answer.   Enjoy.   Colin  

I was in a funk and needed a reboot

Our daughter has not been sleeping well the last week, so neither have we!  Sleep is my ONE thing. If I get a good night sleep, I can conquer the mountain. After getting through the morning, getting some work done, and the family fed, I had 3 hours to myself as the girls were visiting friends. I knew 3 hours was a good amount of time to take on the tasks I had outlined…cleaning the closets, a couple blogs, and a workout. So what did I do?  I slowed down. I realized I had pushed right past my regular morning meditation with the hairiness in the morning, so I started there.  After the 20 min meditation, I used my “Calm” app and did an additional 20 min body scan to slow the breath down and gain some “creative intelligence.” I rose refreshed, recharged and with 100% more vigor to go after my tasks.  Even the inspiration to write this blog. 🙂 Sometimes we need to SLOW down to ACCELERATE forward. Colin

How do you make your own Sonic Break?

Ask yourself powerful questions and watch ESPN 30 for 30 Sonic Break How do you want to experience yourself? Let that one marinate over you for a second. That is what psychologist Dr. Gervais asked Felix Baumgartner to answer for himself through the final few months of the 5-year journey in jumping from a balloon from the edge of space. Remember that red bull guy that broke the sound barrier hurtling through space faster than a speeding bullet?  That guy. He was having doubts that he could do this, that he could survive.  Obviously. He needed to change the relationship between how he was experiencing himself. Simmer on the question.  Answer if for yourself. Watch the 30 min episode….and redefine your personal narrative. Colin  

7 Ways to prepare for a tough conversation

Having tough conversations with a peer or employee are some of the tougher things we do.  Keeping each person in a positive space during the conversation is key. Empathy for the challenges being faced keeps us in the problem-solving part of the brain vs fight or flight.This is a great article a friend shared on how to prep for these types of conversations.   Here is number 1:   What is your purpose for having the conversation? What do you hope to accomplish? What would be an ideal outcome? Watch for hidden purposes. You may think you have honorable goals, like educating an employee or increasing connection with your teen, only to notice that your language is excessively critical or condescending. You think you want to support, but you end up punishing. Some purposes are more useful than others. Work on yourself so that you enter the conversation with a supportive purpose.   Read the rest of the article here. Colin

My Turning Point to High Performance

I didn’t realize that I had anymore to give until I was running on empty. Three-quarters of the way through a week-long 160 Mile/250 Km adventure race in Iceland, I was on my last leg. Literally. Battered by freezing winds and pouring rain, I was running a marathon a day over jagged volcanic rocks,  which caused me to develop a high ankle sprain. I was at the end of my rope. I had attempted two races previously, only finishing one. Somewhere deep within myself I knew I had the capacity to finish another one, but my foot (now swollen to twice its normal size) was telling me different. When I awoke for the final day facing 45 miles and 70km up ahead, I could barely put weight on my right foot. Unsure if I could run, my tent-mates and teammates Ash and Jesse encouraged me to get out there and just put one foot in front of the other for as long as possible: To get into the arena and do the best I could. …