A new club in Ottawa-make the changes you need

I’ve been working on this one for a while and after a few years of people asking to make it happen I have finally put together some pretty good material. I am excited to offer this new LIVE professional ass kicking club. Just like the boot camps that people are joining to lose weight, gain muscle, and overall get physically fitter this club is going to kick people’s butts and minds. This club will work to help you lose some of the negativity and hesitation you have in your life, it will help you gain some self confidence and assurance, it will push you mind to grow and to act. This club will be the difference for some in their ability to succeed or fail. This club will push people’s limits and will ask them to achieve beyond their limits. If any of this sounds like something you would like to have happen in your life then please by all means check it out, send me a message, or like batman just shine the symbol of a boot in the air and I’ll be there.

If you think you need a quick kick in the butt or you know someone that could then sign up today: http://bootclub.eventbrite.ca/

Life never gets easier but maybe a little clearer

To me life can be a beautiful picture as we move forward, as we embrace the bends and turns and curves that life throws at us. Believe me there are days when I wish there were a straight path, a path that contains the least resistance, but then what fun would that be? A little bit of panic, a little bit of sweat, pain, tears, and persistence is what truly can make all those good days become the BEST days.

I have been so fortunate lately to have been moving closer and closer to the work that I know I love, to the work that makes my spine shiver when most things go right.

Recently I have been working with Company ABC (not to be confused with Company XYZ) to do some change management and I have thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of it. People are fascinating creatures and putting a group of people together and saying “produce” is even more fascinating. I am falling more and more in love with the human puzzle that we call offices and “work”. I mean does anyone else find it fascinating that every single one of us is supposed to be a “snowflake” (no two alike) and that we all coexist and cohabit to produce “things” and in most cases we do it pretty darn well with only the occasional hiccup along the way (in most cases).

What I love about this work is that Company ABC came to me on a whim and a notion that there was 1 singular issue; 1 singular person that might be causing a whole lot of challenges in their business. But in reality when we lifted the mat up there were all kinds of things that had been swept under there for years. There were deeper roots that needed some trimming. To me this was a big challenge with a bit of a discovery to take on but one that, luckily, Company ABC was willing to embark upon. I also have to give HUGE credit to the fact that what they (the managing partners) were willing to do, in bringing all of their employees into the process, and in trusting the process was a vastly beneficial and unfortunately far to uncommon factor in this processes success. Change management is by all accounts not easy and usually entails a bit more mess but in the end if all are heard and a few things are shifted often times calm and cleanliness begin to take shape.

So what have I learned:

  1. I love human nature and examining human nature even more than I ever thought I did.
  2. I REALLY love working with teams and discovering group dynamics.
  3. That Creativision needs to take a bit of a shift itself-for the better.
  4. There is nothing better in life for me than to see other people succeed beyond their own beliefs.
  5. I have profound respect for those that are willing to trust and to make changes and to get messy and to try new things.
  6. That I never want life to stop throwing me curveballs.

In the end I ask….

What are some of the lessons that you are learning about yourself on a daily basis? How much effort are you putting into learning more about yourself and making yourself happier?

Success

I was going to write a long winded post about Success today but then I thought to myself this guy just says it all. The video is 14 minutes long but believe me it is worth watching. I dare you to answer some of the questions he asks and think to yourself about the words he is saying. I will write a post someday about SUCCESS and what it means to me but for now I agree and I really just want to hear what you have to say about success.

 

 

Getting your groove back

What happens when you are sitting at a desk or in an office and all of a sudden you begin to feel the energy drain from you? You are stuck at work and the clock just isn’t ticking awey fast enough.

If you’re an entrepreneur it’s simple, get up, get outside and go for a walk, go to the gym, play a game, spend time with your kids. Getting your mind off a task while doing something else is always the easiest way to regain some energy. I mean how many times have so many of us lost something (anything) then spent almost 10 minutes (or more) searching for them before deciding to just go ahead and do something else. Then 5 or 10 seconds pass while you are doing something else and seemingly by magic your brain all of a sudden becomes clear, you retrace all of your steps and BOOM there are the keys, the tickets to the show, or whatever else you might have been looking for. The power of distraction is quite useful and often quite underutilized. If you think real hard I know that you can think of many times when distractions have been very useful in your life.

So what happens when we are at work and we just don’t seem to be getting any work done? What happens when we lose our inspiration to move forward? Why do we all treat work like it is different? We have to get things done, even if we are drained, we have to clock in and clock out.

I won’t pretend to have the answer to everyone’s situation about their relationship with time and losing energy at work but what I do know about all of this is that for me I have developed a whole lot of respect for someone like Stefan Sagmeister. Stefan is someone who I think has figured “it” out.

How many of you are counting down the days until retirement? Well Stefan (and me by association) would say what the heck are you waiting for? Retire today. Retire again in 7 years. Then repeat that until you are ready to retire forever. Stefan has discovered the greatest distraction of all-an entire year free of work away from all things. Stefan’s argument (and yes I know he is self employed and obviously doing well for himself so it might be easier to say for him but I agree with the premise) is that if we could just step away for a while then our batteries will be refreshed. His case is specific to design in that he says his designs begin to merge together after 7 years of constant work (of course this happens without him even knowing). He noted that when his designs got too similar that it was time for him to simply shut down the shop and walk away. He needed to walk away for his brain to percolate, to grow new ideas, to become fresh once again. Watch what else he has to say about how we work and energize ourselves:

We are trained our whole lives to value time, that time is the most precious thing any of us have. Being on time is important, getting things done is important. But if time is really important to us then we must not ever forget that we are owed time as well. Time can be your friend or time can be your enemy.

How do you treat time? How does your work treat time? Is this a discussion we need to have more vigorously with those that we work with and those we work for?

It’s great to be scared

I was listening to an interview on the radio the other day and I have to say I heard one of the most profound quotes I may have ever heard. The quote was simple, it was to the point, and it really struck me as being a brilliant one.

“When you are scared you fight harder than you ever have before, so don’t be afraid to be scared.”

In all the years of coaching in all fields, academically, athletically, personal, executive, and in groups I have never heard a truer or simpler statement. I also can honestly say that as an entrepreneur this should be high up on anyone’s list of beliefs. If there is a day when you are not afraid of something, be it failure, money not coming in, the message that you are giving out, your brands image, whatever it is that you might be afraid of in that moment then you are truly not doing something right. I believe that if you are not afraid then you are not pushing your limits far enough. Continue reading