Wednesday, November 27, 2013

That which is measured gets done.

It doesn’t matter who said it, it matters that it was said and is true. While the majority of society fears this statement there is an emerging movement by successful people who assimilate the definition of accountability to another success-noun called sustainability. We’ve already discussed how the majority society evaluates their performance, which is probably why calls for higher levels of accountability have resurfaced as things get real.

Today's blog post doesn’t read like a self help book revealing the main point on page 7 and then repeating it over another 250 pages worth of redundant examples. 

  • If you want something to get done, assign a tangible, quantitative, objective value to it and watch it happen at a thousand multiple 
  • if you don't really care, jot down a lofty goal and avoid any tangible, quantitative, objective measure that shows you succeeded.
That which is measured  - gets done. period.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Planning to fail in 2014?

If you are part of the majority who enter the year, month, week and day without a concrete plan and wonder why you are unable to get the results you seek... wonder no more.

There’s a fundamental habit to success and it’s called planning. While successful people learn to master planning, unsuccessful people use adjectives like OCD and excuses to the effect of it’s all up here to scramble in chaos. In 20 years of building successful business, planning, through goal setting & time management has been the cornerstone.

Here are 5 quick tips to crafting a yearly plan.

  1. anchor your plans with a personal mission statement. This is the go to statement designed to ground you not matter what happens during the year. You need to own it. *suggestion, pick the biggest area of improvement... and drop anchor.
  2. break the year into quarters. The 1st quarter – Jan1 – Mar 30th should be completed no later than Dec 15th because like pavlovian dogs, our brains shut down on/around the 15th. Subsequent quarters should be planned no more than 15 days prior to their beginning; prior to Mar 15th for April-June, prior to June 15th for Jul-Sep and prior to Sept 15th for Oct-Dec. If you want to be like the heard, wait until Jan 1st or Monday morning to schedule your weekly appointments and wonder why things don’t happen until February & Thursday.
  3. break your plan into the verticals that are important to you; physical, intellectual, spiritual, social, financial & family are a few examples. Compile relevant information in those verticals with as much detail as you possibly can.
  4. be specific with your goals. eg: it’s not good enough to throw the dream down on a piece of paper without identifying a who, what, where, why, how & when. This bridges the gap between dreaming and doing. The world is full of dreamers, lean on doers.
  5. once complete, take your finished plan into a daytimer / scheduler and start booking appointments. Share your plan with your family, friends and coworkers to let them know what your expectations are and where,when & how exactly they fit in.
The saying failing to plan is planning to fail is a truth and the more responsibility you have, the greater the need to plan your ability to respond. The world profits from you being distracted & unorganized so stop paying into that system of insantiy. 

Waste less time, by planning more shit.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

We need to feed the system.

An opportunity presented itself with respect to our alma matter’s sports programs potentially being put on the chopping block. We’ll save the minutia & politics for another blog, the focus of this blog is feeding the system

I can vividly recall how excited players got when it was that time of year to line up and collect our scholarship monies. For some, it replaced cash already spent and for others it was a necessary start to budgeting a new semester. Regardless, it was needed and appreciated.

Turns out that our current alumni contributions account for approx 6% of the annual operating budget of our sport which is approx 750k/yr total. *this 6% comes from a handful of contributors vs. the alumni on mass.
As a comparative, a Div 1 US College School’s alum account for 70% contribution to their annual budget which is approx 15M/yr.  While there are many factors in this example of comparing apples to oranges, the fact remains a substantially greater percentage of alumni contribute to the preservation & sustenance of their collegiate sport in the USA - than they do in Canada. 

Given the social media frenzy that accompanied our initial announcement, the online petitions and general consensus that eliminating ‘high expense, low return sports’ was unacceptable, I suspected the fix would be easy.

  1. Contact the former alum, many of whom happily lined up to collect scholarships from one contributor,
  2. Present the gravity & reality of our situation
  3. Table a reasonable solutions; eg: each alum contributes 1k/yr for the balance of 5 years with the goal getting 100 alumni contributors per year. It's $83/mth. 
The silence became deafening and while I understand the challenging economy, this impact of the displacement of 56 men carries a much more significant ripple effect across our province at many levels.  

Straight up boys, we need to plant the seeds in order to sew the field, or there will be no crops for future generations to reap.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Your life on GPS?

If your life patterns were traced with a GPS, what would the profile look like? 
  1. Would it be a series of linear patterns to & from familiar and comfortable experiences? 
  2. Would it be a circular pattern including unfamiliar and uncomfortable experience?
Statistics tell us, it is most likely your behavior would follow a linear pattern. Statistics also indicate (from a happiness standpoint), that may not be working for en mass.

Today, lets ask ourselves three questions

  1. where do we think the greatest amount of learning, development and growth are going to come from?
  2. who’s responsibility is it to make sure we are enriching our lives with new experiences?
  3. what are we waiting for?

Don’t Talk. Do Shit.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Backwards logic.

I am not a philosopher king attempting to impart a radical paradigm shift on society.  I am however keenly interested in observing, following & researching success implementations. Who is achieving high levels of success, what, why & how are they achieving it and when can I learn, implement and benefit from these outcomes.

Having qualified that, I watched a great segment on leading success last weekend on 60 Minutes and am in total agreeance with the main message Don't worry about winning, worry about doing your job, based on 3 commonalities I see & hear every day
  1. A workforce who focuses on the money vs. doing their jobs to the best of their abilities.  
  2. Youth sport parents who focus on goals & scores vs. their kids enjoyment & development. 
  3. A society in general who obsesses about the destination vs. maximizing each day of the journey. 
It is backwards logic. Disproven time after time after time. Take the time to hear how winners are doing it.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Innovative Thinking is moving!

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Saturday, November 02, 2013

Low Back and SI Joint Pain

As trainers, one of the most common complaints of customers is that they are suffering from lower back pain and nerve pain caused by a pinch in the sciatic nerve. There are numerous reasons that this occurs (overuse, poor posture, too much sitting, injury from training) but I'd like to look at what to do if this occurs.

The following is a program I wrote for individuals who want to begin working on healing this condition and getting back into being fully functional. Ive used youtube videos to exemplify what is being presented. I take no rights for the videos, just used for presentational info.

What to do Before Activity:

Glute Activation

1) Hip Bridges x 10

2) Fire Hydrants x 10/leg

3) Glute Alphabets – Get in quadraped position, extend one leg straight back and spell the alphabet with your foot. Repeat for both legs.


1) Atlas Lunges

2) Figure Four/Craddle Walks

3) Butt Kicks (Dynamic and with added quad stretch)


4) High Knees (Dynamic and with added glute stretch)

5) Leg Swings (Hip Abd/Add and Flex/Ext)

What to do After Activity


1) Foam Roller – Whole lower body, Upper Back, T-Spine.

2) Full Lower Body Stretch, including Lunge Stretch (HF and quad), Figure Four Stretch, Supine Hip IR Stretch, 3 Way Hamstring stretch w/ rope (knee straight and bent), and Hip 90/90 stretch.

3) Also stretch their lats as well. You’d be surprised how much that can influence the low back/SIJ