One and the Same

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ONE AND THE SAME

On our journey, we can be inspired by so many different things.  People, actions, nature, art, ideas, and more.  It sort of doesn’t matter what ignites the inspired feeling, nor does it matter what it moves us to do.  What matters is that we find catalysts all around us that make us feel different, better, bigger, loved, inspired to do something.  We know the feeling – it flows through us – all energy – all good.  And then we act and do, or think and plan, or share and ignite.   At every level we are not that different and yet very different but all connected and loving it that way.  Here’s to the storytellers who inspire us and remind us that indeed we are one and the same and that is a good thing.

Be Better

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BE BETTER

Yes, the journey is the journey, that is, it is what we make of it.  We can go as far as we want but to get there, we have to put more into it.  The focus required to take it to the next level is as important as the resolve we have to be better.  It takes a willingness to go harder, to get uncomfortable, to go beyond what we have been doing.  We need to look inside, is it what we really want, do we want to be better?  Only we know the answer.  Ask the question – what is your better?  Then act on it.  Yes, it is that simple…..Be better.

Write Our Own Story

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WRITE OUR OWN STORY

We know that as we pass along on our journey, even with a motivated sense of what is possible, that there are some limitations in our experience or in our heads that influence what we think is possible.  We might even be finding that we have a set view of what we are willing to take on – not because we know empirically that we can or cannot get it done – rather just because that is what we have led ourselves to believe.  The good news is this does not need to be the end or a limitation.  What we need to do is to start reframing the narrative in our heads.  To start we would write the story that we want to live.  Who is it that we want to be and what are some of the experiences that we want to have?  Then we set out to start to make it happen.  The journey then gets redefined and under our control, not limited by some old views of who we were.  It really is up to us to write our own story and to be the best we can be.  Let’s go do that – our life is waiting for us….Indeed, it is. 

It Matters

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IT MATTERS

So much of what we do on our journey is for ourselves, executed and done mostly invisible to those around us.  We like it this way as our lifestyle is a choice for how we want to live and if others want to follow this path then they need to come to their own decision to do so.  And what we will find, though, is that the choices that we each make, will have an impact on others around us.  When we hold ourselves to a higher standard, it is noticed by others, whether they outwardly acknowledge that or not.  It sort of matters none whether we know if someone is watching, what matters is that we always hold ourselves to the standards and ideas related to our higher purpose.  When we do this happens others will notice and will take care to adopt the best of what we do into their life and how they live it.  Yes, indeed

What's in the Way

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What’s in the Way

We make commitments, we make plans, they are architected to fit into our schedules and to put us on the path to achieving our goals.  We do this with good intention but for us to be truly successful we have to build our plans with a good understanding of what might get in the way of our success and how to work contingencies and alternatives and accommodations into what we do so that we will not be completely taken off track when the “unexpected” happens.  We all know better that we cannot avoid this circumstance and therefore the challenge that we need to accept is how to build a “real” plan, one that fits “our” lives, with the constraints that are who we are and how we live.  So, let’s take a minute to accept who we are, plan for what will come, and work like mad to avoid any excuse that we could come up with.  We know deep down there are no excuses, just reasons that we did not want to work on.  No more of that – it is time for us to master the process and what we need to get through it.  It will work when we do this – that we know. 

The Wake Up Call

The Wake Up Call

While we all know that there are 168 hours in a week it often feels like we are short of time.  Sort of makes sense when we think about how much we take on while on our journey.  Yet, when we are honest with ourselves, we realize that maybe we are not that effective with our time management.  A little slop time here and there, a few too many pushes of the snooze button and we have less time than expected.  And unless we are ready to accept less than we can do we need to be purposeful in how our day evolves and it all starts with our wake-up call.  Is it early enough? Do we consistently get up when we set our alarm? Do we look forward to the alarm going off?  It really is a simple way of thinking – life starts each day when our alarm goes off and what a wonderful thing it is.  So, let’s set the clock a bit earlier tomorrow and get going and be ready for all that life has to offer especially when we are getting even more done! 

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

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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.