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Private Jets

In 2015 I started a new position at another company. One of the requirements of the new role was to attend training in another city. This involved travelling on the private company jet.

I obviously couldn’t wait to savour that moment and tell everyone about it. It was one of those signature moments that happens only a few times in our careers and I wanted to make the most of it.

But the reality of the moment didn’t match my anticipation. The plane felt cramped travelling with my manager and another associate. The only food served were the few granola bars I had stashed in my carry-on. But that wasn’t the worse part.

Private jets typically fly at 50,000 feet in the air, whereas commercial airline planes on average fly at 35,000 feet. Why does this matter? Because the higher you ascend, the more severe case of ‘airplane ear’ you’ll get (the ear plugging sensation).

I probably had the worse case of airplane ear in the history of its diagnosisAnd it didn’t just stop when I got off the flight. My ears were still plugged while meeting new associates for the first time at the training facility. I was talking but had no clue as to what I was saying. I sounded like the adults in the Peanuts cartoons (whomp, whomp!).

Some things aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Sometimes we’ll only find out by going through them. The tragedy occurs when instead of learning from it, we continue to chase experiences that have the appearance of success instead of success itself.

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Treat Yourself Mondays

A new survey by LinkedIn found that 80% of workplace professionals experience stress and anxiety that builds up on Sunday nights before the return of the work week, also known as the “Sunday Scaries.”

3 quick ways to combat these feelings when they arise are:

1. Take 10 minutes Sunday evening and write down the top 3-5 items, work or personal related, that you will accomplish on Monday. If work related issues are driving the biggest anxieties, create a quick action plan on how you’ll address them instead of just thinking about it.

2. Start winding down Sunday evening at a reasonable time. Listen to music, read inspirational articles or stimulating books. Remove every and anything that stimulates you in a negative way.

3. Treat for yourself on Monday. Wake up early and buy yourself breakfast or a fancy $10 coffee from Starbucks. Ultimately the idea is to give yourself give something to look forward to Monday morning.

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Community Enhances Creativity

Perfectionism loves isolation – Jon Acuff

One of my favourite short films to watch with my kids is the animated movie Burrow. It features a rabbit who has aspirations of creating a modest one room ‘burrow’ home for himself.

When he begins digging he realizes how pedestrian or simple his plans are in comparison to other elaborate homes by other animals. The others offer their assistance in expanding rabbit’s blue prints but he’s so embarrassed by his small, simple idea that he consistently declines.

That’s where the problems start. His zeal to do things on his own and not be open to even the smallest suggestions lead him into a world of trouble, and ultimately put the other animals homes at risk. Once they realize the approaching danger, they ban together to put a stop to it. With the help of the rabbit they’re eventually successful in avoiding disaster.

The film ends with the rabbit finally being open to getting help in creating his new home.

Sharing our ideas can sometimes be tricky but being in a creative community helps in two specific ways: Communities help us expand our ideas in ways we would never think and help us avoid repeating mistakes they’ve already made.

The problem with rabbit’s plans had nothing to do with the simplicity of it. The others in his community just wanted to use their expertise to ensure it was as functional as he needed and wanted it to be.

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Potential Requires Process

When we have big aspirations to accomplish something significant, our brain by default goes into short cut mode and tries to find the quickest or easiest way to get there. It’s the very reason microwaves were invented.

I just finished reading the highly regarded book ‘Can’t Hurt Me’ by David Goggins. At the end when he gives his acknowledgements to those who supported him, he reveals the book was a 7 year process in the making. That wasn’t the original timeline but a result of getting the most out of the opportunity to share his story. The book went on to be a New York Times Best Seller.

A consideration of how much time will be used executing a thorough process hardly comes to mind at first but creeps up on use once we’re in the midst of the journey.

It’s important to understand that in anything we seek to do, no matter how long it takes, process is the key to unlocking our full potential.

“If you quit on the process, you are quitting on the result.” – Idowu Koyenikan

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Untarnished Super Bowl Rings

In 2020 and 2021 veteran running back LeSean Mckoy won back to back Super Bowl championships with 2 different teams: The Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers respectively.

Several media pundits were quick to point out that he never played a single minute in each game. Those same individuals wouldn’t be as quick to tell you that despite not playing in the big game McKoy achieved his 8th straight year of 1000 yards or more from scrimmage.

If you’re not familiar with that football term, just know it’s not something the majority of NFL players today can say they’ve accomplished. Also being a veteran player there were other leadership intangibles Mckoy brought to the team that could have easily gone unnoticed by the causal fan or media ‘expert’.

And that’s okay, because Mckoy will always be known as a Super Bowl Champion and it can never be taken away from him. He made the conscious decision to agree to his role in the team. And executed it when called upon.

When we sign up to do anything we must ask ourselves are we genuinely interested in experiencing success that will be personally and corporately satisfying? Or are we just interested in social notoriety? Long term, significant success tends to be the result of the former than the latter.

Success is still success even when the masses have no idea of it ever happening.

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Follow-Through

In sports following-through is the range of motion from the beginning of a movement all the way to the complete end of the action.

Any slight change or tweak during the motion can disproportionately affect how on target an athlete is.

In an article for GolfDigest.com Tiger Woods briefly explains the follow-through in his swing:

“I like to think that my follow-through determines how high the ball is going to launch. In reality, my follow-through is a result of my angle of attack.”

We get excited about ideas, plans and the initial concepts we draft. But only having the right ‘angle of attack’ in planning our follow-through will determine how far those plans will come to be when all the excitement passes.

Zig Ziglar sums this up nicely:

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” – Zig Ziglar

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What’s in Your Playbook?

Maps. Navigational systems. Playbooks.

Getting to our destination requires using one of these tools to make it happen. So what’s in your playbook?

What books do you have listed to read next year that will get you to the next level in your career, or help you expand you business? Or how about books for being a better spouse, parent or friend?

What courses are you planning on taking to learn a new skill or sharpen an old one? Maybe a course on health and wellness?

Do you have a mentor or coach that can help you see the blind spots in your life or push you become a high performer in your life and career?

What tools have you invested in to track your progress? (Note: investing could mean just downloading an app)

You rarely get to your desired destination by chance. Setting up your playbook in advance is the prerequisite for ensuring you get there.

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28 Day Lockdown Challenge

As I write this, we are about to head into a 28-day ‘lockdown’ here in the Greater Toronto area in Canada due to increased daily new cases of Covid-19.

There’s no better time to challenge ourselves with the ‘new’.

New habits. New routines. New hobbies. New passions. New skills. New strategic relationships.

Having a consistent analytical view of your life is healthy. External limitations like a Covd-19 imposed lockdown can bring opportunities of focus.

For myself, setting challenges and meeting them bring fulfilment, and motivation to start another one.

So with that, I’m asking you all reading this to keep me accountable to accomplish these 3 challenges over the next 28 days:

1. Finish a manuscript draft for my next book.

2. Execute the 7-minute workout for 28 days straight with iPhone app showing proof of completion.

3. Finish 2 books: Disciplined Dreaming by Josh Linkner and Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins.

On this blog, a few days after the lockdown ends on December 17th, I’ll give my full report on if I was successful or not, as well the challenges and self discoveries along the way.

If you’d like to join me, message below your own personal 28 Day Lockdown Challenge or Challenges. I’ll hold you accountable and you can message your results when I post my blog update.

Let’s make the next 28 days the beginning of something better in our lives.

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Look to Strangers for Motivation

If you go online, in a matter of seconds you can find….

…thousands of triumphant weight loss stories from people lacking true external resources.

…thousands of stories of families that had major debt and managed to become debt free.

…thousands of stories of creatives overcoming a personal disability to excel at a high level in their artistic craft.

…thousands of entrepreneurs who after experiencing several failed ventures, achieve tremendous success with their current business.

Whether you ask Alexa or Siri to search for you, they will find online endless examples and stories of individuals who have overcome some of the most difficult circumstances you can imagine.

So find them, and read them. Over and over. You’ll begin to realize how much time you’ve spent undermining you’re ability to accomplish that goal you’ve been dreaming about for years.

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Take Small Wins

Playing Pee Wee football 1994 at the age of 14, I rarely was called upon to carry the ball on offense. We had two star running backs so there was no need to split a few carries to a scrawny first year slotback.

Blocking was my role and I did it well. So well in fact that I blocked an opposing player into the end zone. One of our running backs fumbled and the ball rolled next to me while blocking in the end zone.

I jumped on the ball and the referee singled ‘touchdown’. It was probably the easiest score I will ever get in my life.

And I’m okay with that. Because sometimes we have to take the small wins when we can get them. They often lead to bigger wins in the future.

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