Two weekends ago I was in Denver and this past weekend I was in Whistler.
But before I get to that, this was my son last night:
No work last weekend but a birthday weekend with my wife. We loaded up the kids with sugar and handed them over to our parents for the weekend.
Things move a lot slower when there are no kids around. It gave me time to reflect on things.
Here are are 39 things that crossed my mind while in Whistler:
1 – Stop Feeding Your Brain Noise – I find I just need to walk in silence. With voice mail, cellular phones, MP3 players, YouTube, TV, kids, radio, etc. there is constant noise — and when that noise is gone, we try to find noise to replace it. I find that I just need to enjoy some silence every day for 15 minutes.
2 – I Drink Way Too Much – I went from drinking a lot of alcohol to drinking very little, but now I drink a lot of water. I guess the alcohol drinking in my 20’s helped me get ready for my water drinking in my 30’s. I just feel better when I drink water and my joints are happier when I do.
3 – Make Sure to Leave the House Without It – I am starting to create rules where I just don’t bring my cellular phone with me. It is nice to be free.
4 – Nothing is Urgent – I think I have only had one urgent email over the last 6-weeks and if I think about it, it was not that urgent.
5 – I Like To Drive Slow – In my neighbourhood there is a park. For some reason, people like to speed through it. I like to drive slow through it. This irritates a few people but if I am a few minutes late, the world will not come to an end.
6 – Nothing is 100% New – Being in the fitness industry since 1994, very little is new. I am often reminded of things I have forgotten, shown a new way of looking at things, and given a few new nuggets of information.
7 – Beginner Mind – Just because I do it one way does not mean it is the right or only way to do it. I try to keep a beginner mind when someone explains something to me or shows me something. This has helped me better understand what I do and understand others.
8 – Reducing the Monster – I find I spend more and more time doing what I can to decrease stress. Often times it is not something big but something small. If I am 5 minutes late, stressing about it is not going to make it better. Apologizing, explaining and moving on does the trick.
9 – Dream – Every year, I focus on 2 to 3 dreams for the year. I find when I think about them and work towards them every day by the end of the year, I often reach them.
10 – Monkey See, Monkey Do – The monkeys are watching you. The monkeys in my life are my kids. When I say something dumb, they repeat it. When I do something dumb, they repeat it. Not sure why when I do say something smart or do something smart, they don’t repeat it. Need to work on that.
11 – Know a Little – I’d rather know a lot about a few things, then know a little about everything.
12 – Avocado – I am starting to really like avocado.
13 – Poor Sleep Affects My Eyes – If I do not sleep well, my eyes don’t work well.
14 – Just Visiting – Most people come into your life for a period of time and move on. Very few people stick around for the full ride.
15 – Invest in a Few – Better to invest in a few great deep relationships, instead of a lot of shallow ones.
16 – You Won’t Figure It Out – I have stopped trying to figure people out. I am never right, it takes too much time and energy, so I have just stopped. People will be people.
17 – Good Cup – One good cup of coffee beat a lot of cups of bad coffee.
18 – Veggies – I need to eat my veggies or my body rebels.
19 – Good versus A Lot – I’d rather have one good beer than a six pack of poor beer.
20 – Deadlifts are Cool – I did not get the big deal about deadlftning until someone showed me how to do it right and loaded up the weight. Now I like them and look forward to them.
21 – No Bad Ones – There a no bad exercises, just inappropriate use.
22 – Pro-D Days – You do not know how many Pro-D Days there are until your kids start going to school. I wish I had this many paid Pro-D Days so I could go to seminars during the week and learn.
23 – My Clients Are the Best Teachers – I learn the most from my clients and those that attend my courses.
24 – Movement – Get the body moving and the joints moving well, everything else works itself out.
25 – Protection – Working on stability helps protect the joints. Spend some time doing this because as time passes, this will become more important than anything else.
26 – Know It All – When I was 20, I knew it all. As I approach 40, I realize how little I know.
27 – More to Learn – The biggest changes to what I do occur when I go learn what other professionals are doing.
28 – Haters – There are haters everywhere. Let them hate on their own and ignore them.
29 – Minimal Stuff – You can get great results with injury and pain recovery with minimal to no equipment.
30 – The Best Fix – The person that can fix you the best and fastest is yourself.
31 – Worst Enemy – We are our own worst enemy. We often slow down our own recovery from pain and injury.
32 – Write – It will last longer than you ever will and will help reach and help more people than you ever could working one-on-one.
33 – Try Something Different – We get so set in our ways with our routines. An example is the coffee we drink. Last week, I tried a different coffee company and I found my new favourite drink.
34 – Stop Complaining – Let’s be honest, no one cares. When conversation moves to complaining about something, often I leave the conversation.
35 – Be Known – It is important to know people but what is even more important is who knows you.
36 – Best Ideas – I get my best ideas and thinking done when I am walking or working out.
37 – Wrestling – Nothing beats wrestling with the kids.
38 – Looking Forward to the Future – The past has been fun. I have done some great things and stupid things but I am very excited for the future when it comes to all aspects of life.
39 – Blank – I am a blank, any ideas?
Well that is it.
Have a great day.