All posts filed under: Time Management

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  

Is your smallest gear spinning?

I was listening to a great Gary V podcast with the former CEO of Home Depot Frank Blake last week and they discussed among many items including where leaders make mistakes in communication.  As Frank says “Your Job is to make sure the smallest gear is moving and the one that is closest to the customer.”   In many organizations that is your sales team and customer service organization.     Think about the gears on a large clock tower and how they spin, the biggest moves slow and as they get smaller, they spin faster.    If any gear is not catching (the messaging) of the one above, they are out of sync and the customer suffers.    Summarizing “many CEOs put out too many ideas and have not confirmed the field gets it before they move to the next.”   This applies to peer and business partner relationship as well.    If your gear is spinning but smaller not catching, then you are failing.    On Youtube On Soundcloud   Confirm you are in sync …

10 minutes of this per day will make you better

As I heard Tony Robbins say recently, “the mind is like a kite on the end of a string, and where everything starts is with breath. Control your breathing, you control how the kite flies.” We wake up each day, with the chance to start fresh, through your first few breaths. Be intentional about how you start it, instead of letting it happen to you! The holiday (Canada Day and Independence Day!) week is a good time to reflect. Even if you have a family, what you do for yourself impacts how you can support the rest of the team. As they say in case of emergency, “put your own oxygen mask on first!” I spend the first 20-30 min of each day meditating. Successful people I know spend at least 10 min asking themselves questions related to gratitude or visualizing what success will look like in the day. Whatever your method, make sure you are taking care of yourself first! Colin

Two questions that will help you break through the angst

There is a lot of uncertainty and anxiety in the world right now. People often ask how do you handle it? One, I am starting to put on less news on TV when I get home and do more reading and listening to music.  Two, I ask these questions at the end of every day. They are on my calendar.  What you focus on daily makes a big difference to your level of angst.  What am I grateful for? How could I have made today better? Too making each day better.  Have a great weekend! Colin   

Three things I learned from will.i.am

 When one door closes….create a new door. -Will.i.am   In this great Super Soul Sunday Oprah + Will.i.am interview you will hear about the future of social media and artificial intelligence and why Will considers himself a technologist and not a musician. “I create music but prefer to be in technology instead of the music industry.” Perhaps the amount of time he has spent with our own Marc Benioff has influenced him!   Will refers to many times in his career when one door closed, instead of brooding about a lost opportunity he focused on creating new ones.   Will shares “hip-hop and Jazz were created from a community who had nothing at the time and made there own way.  Without them, we would not have this wonderful music.”   What did I take away from this great episode?   1. Make your own luck  2. Appreciate the time when you struggle, it can be your greatest turning point 3. Break the mold – you can be a musician, technologist, philanthropist all at the same time, or whatever …

Are you slow twitch or fast twitch?

When you sprint like Usain Bolt you use fast twitch muscles. When you run slower like a marathon runner, you are using slow twitch muscles. Similar in business, I find there are people whose first instinct is to act (fast twitch) and others first instinct is to think and plan (slow twitch). Either method can work, and as people grow in professional maturity, a couple things I see. The fast twitch professionals are poised for action and if they stopped to take a breath and did a little more thinking and planning, their action-oriented style would increase in effectiveness. The slow twitch professionals are thoughtful and look for obstacles and if they leaned to action and let themselves be a little more uncomfortable as they stepped forward, they too would be more effective. Whichever way you twitch, get planning or get moving today! Colin  

Stew in Uncomfortability

A Friday throwback post from the summer of 2009. The first time I can truly say I stretched my limits is when I trained for the NYC Marathon in the fall of 2002 with one of my best friends from Edmonton. We took what traditionally is a four to six-month training window and cut it down to three so we could hit the Nov 2nd competition date. There is something about the unknown, fear of failing, that drives you. Unsure if you will be able to complete the goal and in a measure of time that lives up to your standards.  It was hard work! Six runs per week, three hour runs on Sunday afternoon, and when adding in post-recovery time (stretching, soaking, eating, nap), it turned into an all-day event that finished with an early bedtime. We had hilarious side stories and lots of learning that developed through the challenges overcome. The next challenge for me was a move from Edmonton, AB (the prairies) to Toronto, ON (the big urban city) the following year. …

I struggled to get my work out in, here is why

I remember the founder of a running store in Canada coming to our University in my second year. He was a graduate and shared his stories from his running career and how he was building this business. One thing he said about preparing for workouts really stuck. He put all his workout gear with his water bottle next to the door so it was easier to get ready to workout and gave him fewer reasons not to go. In addition, the deal he made with himself was if 10 min into a workout he wasn’t down for it, he had permission to pack it in. He focused on mentally agreeing to that first 10 min. I took that lesson forward in my life with great success. Last long weekend, I really procrastinated on getting my workout in. I reminded myself of this approach and went downstairs with a stretching and warm-up commitment for 10-20 min and a stretch goal of a bigger workout. What did I end up with? A really strong 💪 hour workout …

Three Pieces of Wisdom From Kyle Maynard That Will Make You Better

Kyle Maynard is the best selling author, entrepreneur and ESPY award-winning mixed martial artist athlete and the first quadruple amputee to climb Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua. On failure:   “The best way I can describe the feeling of overcoming failure is the Finnish word – SISU – the mental strength to continue to try even after you have reached the limits of your abilities.”   Advice for new professionals:   “Follow your bliss.  Happiness is just above status quo, bliss is your feeling of freedom standing on top of a mountain or laying back in a catamaran halfway around the world.”   On saying no:   A CEO friend of his asks his people to rate candidates for hire as 1-10 on potential and they cannot choose 7.  That lesson has helped him make better decisions on incoming projects and requests.   Excerpt from Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferris    Advice to live by.   Colin  

Three reasons to stress test the system

Eighteen months ago I sprained my ankle before a big race in Antarctica.  I healed it enough to make it through the race.  It took a bunch of rehab through 2017 and was aggravated again in Patagonia in the fall and this spring in Vancouver.   As I start my 2018 journey in less than a week…Baby girl Nanka joining the world, I am focused on long-term rehab and healing this nagging injury.   As I gingerly and proactively stretch the tendons, my trainer explained to me when you went over on it last year you applied at least 2-3 times your body weight of force.    You need to build it back up to withstand competitive stress.   Is there something in your game that needs stress testing?   Three things I am focused on:   Strengthen the tendons Stretch and stress the tendons  Rest and let the body repair Always be strengthening the foundation.   Colin