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How to Normalize Through a Crisis

“There is so much aversion to risk. We have to take risks if you want to learn anything about yourself. If you want to expand the self-imposed walls, you don’t have to climb Lhotse Face in the Himalayas in order to do it.” – Hilaree Nelson, World-Class High Altitude Climber, and Skier Three reasons to watch this mini-documentary when you have 23 minutes Stunning filming in the Himalayas Understanding how two people at the top of their sport approach perseverance and challenge Hearing great narration from Jimmy Chin, who filmed Oscar-Winning Free Solo I was watching this 23-minute Mini-Documentary Saturday morning while working out in my bedroom. A yoga mat, and a kettlebell in our small NYC apartment. One of my new commitments is to get my workout in first thing in the morning, even if it’s shorter and not at full pace. What I need in this environment right now, is sweat and the creative wisdom I get from a workout and in this case some motivation for playing the long game when we come out of this pandemic. Getting one …

Principles in Crisis

I was listening to one of my usual podcasts, Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara, former head of the SDNY office. His guest was Andy Slavitt, former head of Medicare under Obama. When asked what his principles for a crisis are, he said: Get smart people around the table Listen deeply There are no such things as a perfect answer 70% of the time you may be right and 30% wrong If you mess it up, fix it Failures can be turned into setbacks if you just keep going and fix it Good advice at any time, but especially in these times. 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

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

Everything you need is inside of you

Everyone at some point thinks: I’m not good enough I am not strong enough I am not thin or big enough I am not loved I am not smart enough. But you are. Everything you need is inside of you. Like Leonardo da Vinci chiseling away from a block of marble a masterpiece, so lives the best version of you…that is good enough, strong enough, thin, big or strong enough and truly loved. Defeating Average. Colin  

13 things mentally strong people don’t do

In 2012, I was traveling 80 miles on foot through the mountains in Mongolia with a new friend Tristan from Sweden. He was an experienced diver and runner and was tough as nails. He had a banged-up ankle, and I was feeling nauseous from dehydration.  I was relatively new into the sport and what I clearly remember was he was calm, deliberate, and positive. I was riding the emotional roller coaster hour by hour and just trying to get by. What I had going for we my ability to breathe through the discomfort. I had trained for it. Together we pushed and kept one another on track to finish the seven-day ultra-marathon. Tristan was the leader and I was the young follower.  Mental strength isn’t often reflected in what you do. It’s usually seen in what you don’t do. This was Tristan. In her bestseller “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do,” psychotherapist and social worker Amy Morin wrote that developing mental strength is a “three-pronged approach.” It’s about controlling your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. …

Getting the toxins out

There are many types of toxins in our life. Expectations are a new one for me. Drugs, alcohol, too much social media are popular ones. I’ve definitely been working on reducing my social media and replacing it with reading a good ole fashion book. I’ve journaled the results and it’s clear – I sleep better when I cut social in half and read before sleep. Expectations  I have a list of work, family, personal project and health items I want to get done every day. I measure my “feeling of accomplishment” by how much I get done. When I measure against all 10-20 items daily against purely getting done, I would get an F. When I prioritize out of that list what is important, is usually boils down to 3-5. I’m not going to speak to prioritization in this post, but instead of reflecting. We spend 8-12+ hours per day working, doing. How much time do we spend reflecting pre and post doing on if we have used our time well? A few questions I …

I’ve traveled around the world to come home 

Sometimes you can go all the way around the world, just to come home to find what you are looking for. I’ve spent 23 years selling and leading teams. I’ve traveled to every continent adventuring, including two of my favorites, the Atacama desert in Chile and Antarctica. Those terms have been my identity. My greatest accomplishment I hope to be raising my daughter with confidence and courage. I’ve certainly learned skills on the path less traveled that will help in this new adventure. Whatever your journey has been and the obstacles you have overcome, if you are a parent, you don’t have to travel the globe to be a big influence in your child’s life. The greatest gift can be raising a child to have confidence, meet them where they are at (in my case on the ground) and invest time. Defeating Average. Colin

How can you achieve staggering growth?

  I believe that a commitment to a deliberate practice of leaning into discomfort just 1-2 % daily can produce incremental and staggering growth in capacity.   In my first professional 10 years, I wasted energy, I was inconsistent and kept needing to restart from zero every year and left a lot of opportunity on the table.  I was of a fixed mindset and let failure derail me instead of embracing it as a learning opportunity.    In my second career, I embraced failure as tuition to success. I realized by pushing towards my boundaries daily and leveraging the momentum of consistent effort and compound benefits, I could attain my true untapped potential.   It’s never too late to write the best chapters of your life.   Defeat Average this week.   Colin