Going Greener

GOING GREENER

It seems that a core attribute of our journey is being “green” – taking care of the planet, being mindful of the way that we live, and how we use resources.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle are for sure words that we live by. And when life is in order it is easy to follow these mantras. And yet we need to challenge ourselves to not only do this when it is easy, we need to be kind to the earth all of the time.  For those of us who travel there are many times when we have an opportunity to be deliberate about the choices, we make to be green. It might take a bit of effort to recycle or use less, we can walk more around town when possible, and soon with the Green Mode announcement that the ride-hailing company Lyft made we will soon be able to choose an electric vehicle over a fossil-fuel powered car. Options like this are very exciting and show us that we can all make efforts to stem the tide of global warming, to create less waste, to protect habitats, to just use fewer resources. When we all make efforts like this we can see and feel how we can take care of the earth for generations to come.  So, each day we should ask ourselves, what is the one thing (at least one) that we did to go greener? Imagine the impact that this one decision can make when we all do it together…




Be Present

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Be Present

If there is anything that we know for sure it is that we keep a busy life while on our journey.  We take on more even when we are full.  We say yes when maybe we should say no.  We offer help when we don’t even have to do so.  It is a good life and it is one we choose.  We run the risk, though, of being distracted when we should be engaged.  As we push harder “being present” is ever more important.  We need to do it for ourselves and for those with whom we are spending time.  Focusing on the moment, being present, staying engaged, they are all ways to get the most out of our journey.  When we follow this theme life just feels better, the noises quiet and the engagement increases and improves.  Simple and effective.

Invest in Yourself

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INVEST IN YOURSELF

We make a lot of decisions as we go through life.  Where to go, who to go with, what to do and how to build a good plan.  There is more, however, that we need to consider if we are to make this journey into our own high performance life.  We have to do more than just invest in good gear. We have to think about what investments we are going to make in ourselves.  We need to give ourselves enough time to improve.  We need to leverage a coach or others who can help us.  We need to get enough rest and we have to plan for practice.  Maybe most importantly, we have to push ourselves to listen to what is going on around us, listen to the input that others provide and listen to how we are feeling. With all of these investments, we can and will improve and turn our journey into something even more remarkable.

Emotional Strength

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Emotional Strength

We know that life is more than just physical or structural strength.  What we find as we journey forward towards improvements in performance and personal fulfillment is that to get to our maximum potential requires that we have depth in emotional strength as well.  It is through our emotional strength that we find what our potential really is.  The body and brain are ready to perform but to tap them requires control of our mind (aka emotional strength). The most successful people are not successful just because they have a high IQ or good genes.  Rather they are the people who have off-the-chart emotional strength. They learn to understand and control their emotions so that when things get tough they don’t lose control. Instead, they smile and keep moving. Building emotional strength, then, would be as important or even more important than a visit to the gym or library.  Work it and keep working it and we will see remarkable leverage in all that we do, and we can then rise to levels previously unexpected. 

The Best Version of Me

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Photo by Fab Lentz on Unsplash

The Best Version of Me 

As we step into 2019 and we feel energized and motivated to make 2019 better than 2018 it is important for us to not only make commitments to what it is we want to do, it is actually more important to think about how to stay true to those commitments and get them done.  And it all starts with a simple acknowledgment to create a better version of ourselves.  An explicit statement to ourselves that we are not going to let ourselves down.  We are going to care more about our follow through and step into what is possible when we do this.  When we make this as a sincere commitment with an understanding of the implications that it brings then we can deliver on self-improvement, new challenges, what others can expect from us and so much more.  So, here’s to creating that best version of ourselves – no better way to start the year!



Everything in moderation? Nah...

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EVERYTHING IN MODERATION? NAH…

It is not uncommon, while we go through life that someone will tell us, in response to how intense we pursue our goals “everything in moderation”.  Hmmmm… It is something that is worthy of consideration.  Should we indeed do things in moderation?  What is the rationale for doing less, or doing the “average”?  Seems that it is just not connected to becoming better at something or doing what we love.  Doing more is better in so many instances and it really is a choice for us to make.  Moderation is an option; but if we want to be the best we can be we cannot stop at moderation, rather we need to go to a level where more is better.  More is better, yes, that is it!  Here’s to having fun with no ceiling or limits to what we want to do.  Yea baby!



Go!

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Photo by asoggetti on Unsplash

GO!

Do not stop, do not hesitate, just go.  Seems to be a good mantra on our life's journey.  Go -- to move, to take action.  It has the right feeling.  When someone tells us Go – we know what to do.  We are instantly propelled forward.  Such a simple word, and such a powerful result.  All we have to do is feel it in our heart and live it in our lives.  We are made to move, not to be still, so Go is indeed core to who we are.  Ready, set, go…... 

Share the Love

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SHARE THE LOVE

The holiday season is upon us and with it an opportunity to make the next five weeks even more impactful than would be ordinary for any of us on our journey.  We carry with us an understanding that we are supposed to take care of others and not just ourselves.  And at this time of year when there is a lot of buying and gifting it is important for us to make sure that we share the love with those who are less fortunate, the ones who might be forgotten, and in truth the people who would most benefit from anything we can give them and share with them.  If we are not sure exactly how to do this then there are a lot of great organizations that facilitate the giving process.  So, let’s make some time to take care of others this holiday season, share the love, whether it be, a hug, a donation, some assistance offered, they will all have a positive impact. Here’s to a wonderful holiday season – sharing the love, again and again.

The Nitty Gritty

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The Nitty Gritty

It just sounds cool to say I am getting down to the nitty gritty. Seems like a fitting statement or declaration on our life's journey. It is a phrase that has real feeling and yet it is in the definition that we really can embrace its meaning.  The Nitty Gritty is “the most important aspects or practical details of a subject or situation”. The quintessence, the heart of the matter.  Now we are getting somewhere.  Yes, when we get down to the nitty gritty it is a deliberate statement and time in the journey when all comes together. It is a declaration to all and ourselves that we are serious about what we are doing and that we are making the commitment to get it done at the right level.  So, let’s think about getting down to the nitty gritty every time we take on a challenge. It is after all what is required to make it happen.

Setting Goals

Set a climbing goal. Get a flapper. Keep climbing hard. Push your limits.

Set a climbing goal. Get a flapper. Keep climbing hard. Push your limits.

SETTING GOALS

When we start on our life's journey we do so with big goals in mind.  We set the goals and then we work to achieve them. It is a rather simple model.  It works because we define an end, a finish, a way of measuring the attainment of our goal.  And then imagine how difficult it would be if we set out to achieve something and we did not set a goal or an endpoint. We might find that not knowing when we would be done is a big obstacle and can be one of the reasons that we do not finish what we start. The understanding of where the end is allows us to focus and to push to the end when we get close. A lack of a finish line or a very specific goal then ends up being the reason that we don’t complete what we start out to do. So, let’s make sure that when we take on a challenge, in any part of our journey, that we establish a goal and an endpoint, and we measure ourselves along the way. When we do this, we can achieve a lot and when we fail to make a defined end point we become victim to the simplicity of how to succeed in life. Here’s to setting goals and making them happen.

Eat Real Foods

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EAT REAL FOODS

What we do while we are on our life journey matters, a lot.  But what we eat might be even more important than what we do on our journey.  It really does matter what we put into our body.  We have so many food choices and with our ever-increasing time starved lives we might just be tempted to choose the easy path, the choice of foods that might not be great for us but could taste good and be considered snacks and easy.  What we need to do is to make a concerted effort to focus on real foods.  That is vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans and more.  They support us with great nutrition, a great balance of vitamins and other healing properties and then just taste great.  Say good-bye to eating poorly – we are going to love making the change!


Live Like You Mean It

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LIVE LIKE YOU MEAN IT

Once upon a time, we all had that moment when we embraced what we were doing in a big way.  We were passionate about it, we did it over and over again, we were obsessed of sorts.  And we got better at it and it defined much of who we were.  Then life got in the way and we got off our path and we embraced other parts of life.  Then time goes on and for reasons sometimes unpredictable we have the opportunity to get back at life with that same passion, that same fervor, that same intensity.  It really is our opportunity to live like we really mean it.  And it is for us to decide what this is all about, to make it mean something, to embrace that which we do not know and make the most of the unknown.  Yes, we can live like we mean it, it is up to us, now let’s figure out how we want to make it happen.

Living an Empowered Life of High Performance

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LIVING AN EMPOWERED LIFE OF HIGH PERFORMANCE

Recently, our CEO, Joe Gagnon was interviewed for the Activating Greatness podcast by Nathan Crane and Derek Crane. In the interview they discussed:

-How anyone at any age can live with greatness in their lives and have more energy and high performance in their relationships, business, passions and fitness.

-What it means to live the high performance life and how to activate more performance in your health.

-The important power of diet and nutrition through a plant-based diet.

-How Joe didn’t start running or do any regimented physical exercise until he was 40. He now, at age 57, feels better and has more energy than ever before!

-Supporting important causes and helping others through inspiring grand feats of fitness.

Plus, so much more! Check out the episode in the link below!!

https://www.facebook.com/cranefactor/videos/295605707919257/

We Have to Care

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WE HAVE TO CARE

On October 7, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued an urgent report on the state of global warming. The laws of the physical universe say that we can keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels but we’re quickly running out of time. As in, we may reach that 1.5 in as little as a dozen years at the rate we’re spewing emissions. And the consequences will be disastrous.  To correct course, we’ll need to cut emissions by half before 2030, and go carbon-neutral by 2050, the report says. That gives us three decades to transform our energy production, adopt renewable energy, and leverage carbon capture techniques. We’ll have to change our behavior as individuals, too as this is an issue for all of us to solve. 

There are signs that what we do makes a difference.  For example, deploying technologies like electric cars on massive scales can help and when we consider that in 2016 alone, Los Angeles cut its emissions by 11 percent, the equivalent of yanking 700,000 cars off the road we can make an impact by paying serious attention to this global issue.  On our journey we can all make a difference with the choices that we make, and we cannot leave this to “others” to take care of it.  Let’s all put an effort into this topic and learn what we need to do to make an impact. By so doing we can keep this beautiful world around for centuries to come.  After all we are the ones who got us into this situation thus we have to find a way out of it.  

Give It Away

"Jeffrey Pine, Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park"  Ansel Adams (1940)

"Jeffrey Pine, Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park" Ansel Adams (1940)

GIVE IT AWAY

It is not surprising that for those of us who spend a lot of our time building a purposeful life that we amass a lot along the way. It can be gear, possessions, knowledge, experiences and so much more. It is truly of benefit to hit this stage along the journey. And not because we need to have this much of anything. Rather it is because it is at the point when we have enough that we realize the magic of life is upon us.  We can now use what we have amassed, on every level, to give what we have to others. We can start to enable others with our knowledge, experiences, our stuff. We put in the effort and we got a big return and now we can do the same for others. It is powerful and ultimately rewarding when we can give it away. The smile that we receive in return is not to be beat. It is after all the reason that we spend so much time on the journey….give it away indeed….

Stand Tall

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STAND TALL

When there are times of turmoil and chaos it is important to make sure to stay centered.  To take the time to reflect on what we hold true in our community and on our life’s journey.  It starts with simple values and beliefs, such as respect for everyone. There is nothing more powerful than respecting each other for who we are, for our similarities and differences. We all share the planet, our country, our community and thus we need to protect the common good, sustainability, prosperity, and service to each other.  When any of our values are attacked we have to defend and do so vigorously.  With a healthy and defined approach, we can turn our defense (of values and respect) into a way of living that is good for everyone, each of us included.  We can make a difference. Let’s defend the crazy beautiful life that we know we can have.  It is the right thing to do and then some.

Make it Memorable

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Sightsavers

Make it Memorable

There are big moments on our life's journey. They are easy to remember. A big climb, a long race, a big project, a promotion, it can literally be anything that makes us feel different and gives us a sense of accomplishment. There is nothing like that feeling. And yet, it does not seem to come often enough. Is it because we have too many things going on to do the “big things” or is it really just a perspective that we can play with and adjust? What would it be like if we created more memorable moments? That would be special for sure. We have the power to make it that way.  What if we think about some of the more regular things that we do and find a way to make them memorable. Maybe we can cook dinner for someone unexpectedly, we could offer to help someone with their work, we could run in the rain, we could…… There are so many ways that we can take the ordinary and make it memorable. It is up to us how we construct this journey of ours, let’s make it mean something to ourselves and all around us!

Where We Live

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Where We Live

Our individual journeys take us to a lot of places but on Monday mornings, and for much of our week, we might get confused and think that our “desk” is where we live.  That being inside with “climate control” and incandescent lights is our reality.  And yes, we all know that work is essential and can be very productive but that is not enough, and the story cannot end there.  It is important to remind ourselves that there are other realities that can balance out and inspire our lives in ways that complement what we do at work. It’s refreshing to see that there are filmmakers who take time to remind us that our true “where we live” is in the neighborhood or in nature, with the flora and fauna. 

Will and Jim Pattiz have a way of capturing the outside that inspires and motivates us to want to spend time in the world around us.  Enjoy this three-minute journey and let’s challenge ourselves to go to see this kind of place soon – it is good for our heart and soul.. 

https://vimeo.com/morethanjustparks/badlands

The Earth Must Win

Eugène Samuel Grasset - 1893

Eugène Samuel Grasset - 1893

THE EARTH MUST WIN

At one level, life is about each of us, pursuing our goals and dreams and working diligently to achieve them. At another level it is about the community that we are a part of and protecting it and making sure that it is vibrant and functioning to help all of us on our journey. At a meta level it is about Mother Earth, our land, our home, and our ecosystem, all of which is required to support all of life. It is with this perspective that we have to stay true to protecting the earth, our resources and our future. We cannot continue to pollute our planet, to waste resources, to compromise our future. There are some who think it is ok to have money win over taking care of the earth and this is just unacceptable. We have to fight to protect the earth we have to make sure it wins, and we cannot allow short-term thinking to drive the way we live on this precious resource that we are so fortunate to inhabit. Let’s use our pursuit of a better world to serve as a platform to voice our thoughts and make sure that we save the earth for generations to come.

Old Ways for a New You

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OLD WAYS FOR A NEW YOU

Adaptogens and super functional products like Performance Tea have deep roots, starting with Native American and Chinese medicines, and Ayurvedic traditions that tapped healing plants, herbs and mushrooms.  And now we can leverage this powerful, age-tested approach. We can go beyond using these plants and mushrooms as medicine for treating disease and can use holistic approaches to health and well-being by connecting with nature's medicine for their nutritional and health-promoting power. Today we have the opportunity to use an all natural approach to reach our truest potential. When combined with a healthy diet, regular exercise and a good social community, Performance Tea can help you do just that.