Monday 28 July 2014

Reduce Stress in 3 Easy Steps!

Stress could very well be the most problematic disease in our life today.  It keeps from experiencing peace and makes us less effective at everything we do. 

 Since we are all pressed for time, I have only three things I want to say about stress:

1)            Just Stop

Sometimes when we feel we can’t stop, is the time when we need to the most.  Even just taking an hour to go for a walk and clear the head can do the trick.  Have a bath or take a nap.  Once we slow the breathing down, it feels like forty things just fell off the plate and we have more time than we thought.

2)            Drop the Rubber Ball

The CEO of Coca-Cola gave this commencement speech to students and Georgia Tech about 20 years ago.  I come back to it often.

"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends and spirit - and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends and spirit - are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life."

3)            Focus on one thing at a time

Whether it’s eating an elephant, juggling family and work, or just trying to get to the end of the day – no one can multi-task very well.  We can only do one thing at a time - some people just prioritize better than others.  

How do we prioritize better?  Pick the most important thing in life and focus on it – then move on from there, one thing at a time.

We all struggle with stress and busyness in our lives.  When things start feeling over whelming, just stop, drop the rubber ball and go back to what’s most important.  It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.

Friday 18 July 2014

Just along for the ride!

Have you ever watched anyone working in their element and thought to yourself, wow that person is doing exactly what they were built for?

Jen is a police officer.  Her and I have been training together for the last few months.  While she’s lifting weights I get to hear her really cool stories about work the day before.  My jaw drops when I listen to all that happens in our city and think about what she puts herself through and the risks that she takes everyday to help us live in a safe place.

I want to make her stronger so she can wrestle bad guys more effectively.  It motivates me!

She surprised me one day when she invited me on a ride-along. I jumped at the opportunity but as the day came closer, it stirred up fears within me that made me almost back out.  I thought to myself…

“What happens if we pick up a murder and I have to sit in the back with him?”

“What if they didn’t pat him down enough and the guy pulls a gun out when we’re not looking?”

“What if Jen and her partner go into a house and the bad guys run out and steel the cop car with me in it?”

“What if they run a background check on me and find the skeletons in my closet?” 

Just kidding about the last one… sort of.

The scardy-cat in me wanted to back out, but the small voice within me behind all the chaos said if I did that, think about the potential awesome opportunity I would be missing out on…  How many other aspects of life can we apply that to?

Jen welcomed me all suited up in her bulletproof gear.  “Am I going to get one of those???”  I didn’t.  I wondered if I should be more or less scared.

From what I get to see of Jen she is sweet, considerate and radiantly beautiful in and out. She has a personality that makes you feel so welcome and so comfortable. It was cool to see her element, ready to take on the challenges most of us try our best to avoid.

They kept me safe through some high-speed driving – which was awesome! 

Riding with Jen and her partner gave me a glimpse into what they do for every single person in this city – they keep us protected.  I began to feel that they should be genuinely thanked for stepping out on the line for us everyday.

Thank you Jennifer and Tyler for an incredible experience I will never forget.

Thursday 10 July 2014

Fight the Good Fight

Just like Rocky, when you get knocked down, you’ve got to rise up again.  If you lose a fight – be thankful.  You’ve learned a lesson and you get the chance to come back stronger for the next round.

The righteous may fall 7 times, but they rise again!"

I stand behind that message.  Every battle big or small requires us to jump some hurdles.  If you buckle, cave or give up after the first few, how strong is the foundation of your dream?  Are you really committed?

Someone once said, “Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.” 

Many will never see their dream come to pass because they lost the fight to fear. They postponed it to wait for a better time.  But the better time never came.

In the first year of stepping out on my own, there have been many mental barriers I had to face that I didn’t even know I had.  But the truth is that a dream was placed uniquely within me… a desire to affect everyone that I come in contact with.  When I started to unlock my dream, I pushed farther than I knew I could.

It's the same if your goal is to lose weight, or get healthier - ask anyone who has done it the healthy way. They will say how it has positively impacted the people around them. Family. Work. You name it. 

And the greatest part in overcoming obstacles is you get to see what you’re made of!

So when you get knocked down, just remember you have a heart. And a fighting spirit that’s stronger than you might even know.  Fuel it and fight!