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Monthly Archives: May 2017

A Beautiful Thing

This coming weekend, I engage my 30th year volunteering for The Janeway Telethon and the Children’s Miracle Network.  It is a beautiful thing.

Starting with the BC Children’s Hospital in 1988-89, and returning home for 1990-present, I have seen this beauty up front, real, full on and personal.  Here is what I have seen.

  • On average, each and every year, The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation has raised $4-6 per man, woman and child in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador for the Hospital and it’s kids.
  • Each year, hundreds of thousands of donations are made by campuses, companies and communities… by individuals and organizations alike.
  • Each year, hundreds of volunteers converge for two days to put off a live Telethon that reaches and rocks.
  • Each year, those hundreds of volunteers leave egos and differences aside to support a common cause; our children whether we personally have them or not (I do not).

>>>>>>> It takes everyone.

That is beautiful.

It is so beautiful that, while my mother was alive, I pretty much missed every one of her birthdays on June 5 (since 1988) because the Telethon was on… and she understood.  I help coordinate and train a team of individuals that both supervise and serve on the phone banks; the front lines, if you will.  These are remarkable people with their own stories of connection to the Janeway.  We all have our stories; and they fire us up to engage and commit… and have fun doing it.

Capturing some of that over the years is this fun video from a few years back…. Please, Whatever Your Name Is….  Whether it is the staff of the Foundation, or NTV, the hundreds of Telethon volunteers or the thousands and thousands of donors… this is a beautiful thing.

This week, we have been writing and recording on the virtue that is Beauty.  We blogged on it on LinkedIn and went live on Facebook.  It is all in the link.  The bottom line is that Beauty is the capacity to see the good.  When we see the good, we can work with the good.  It is strength centered leadership; working with what we have to do amazing things, together.  The Janeway Telethon is such an amazing thing.

It is beautiful.

God willing, I will enjoy many more opportunities to serve.  For now, 30 years in, behind the scenes and bringing zeal, honor, love, unity, idealism, wholeheartedness and more… I am sincerely humbled by this initiative of service and the opportunity to serve.

To all involved, here is to a wondrous, productive and beautiful Telethon.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

News and Views, Volume 4

News and Views is a new initiative for 2017.  We always open by saying that… on a more random and periodic basis, we will do a short post with some links to read and ponder.  In some ways, it is a catch up.  In other ways, we might bring the mustard; and a little relish.  🙂

HUMANITY and PURPOSE

This fourth issue… we offer some engaging reads across spectrums that relate to our work… and to humanity and purposefulness.  Here are two.

We offer these as food for thought and reflection.  We believe and contend that they reference matters of character including understanding, humanity and purposefulness. Indeed, we invite you to give them some thought.  Engage and enjoy.

THE HOT DOG

The HOT Dog™ is our lead piece.  Here is a great post on redefining success.  It certainly speaks to purposefulness.  How do you currently define it?  Upon reading the article, how might that change… if it did at all?

THE MUSTARD

In support and addition, we also offer this post on three lies that will prevent you from pursuing your passion.

THE Ol’ RELIABLE CATCH UP

As a regular and reliable compendium of sorts, we offer this link to over 350 LinkedIn posts to date around character and leadership and education… and this link to our EPIC Blog.  You will find literally hundreds upon hundreds (around 600 to date) of posts addressing matters of walking the sure step and more… ideas around character and leadership pertinent to school, work, business and community.

THE RELISH

And finally, here’s a little ditty about purpose.  Enjoy.  🙂

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

Awareness is Awesome

This week, we started to examine AWE as a strength of character and leadership.  This post takes a more targeted focus on this virtue by examining one often under appreciated capacity we humans have… and the dangers that come from such under appreciation.

But first, I invite you to read this article from the New York Times on We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment. Martin Seligman speaks to that aforementioned capacity we humans have and both its promise and peril.  Awareness.  I personally and humbly suggest that it is the message of the story of Adam and Eve.

As with all great sacred and scriptural writings from all faiths, it is written as allegory… a symbolic narrative.  Eating of the Tree of Knowledge speaks to our once dormant but now existent capacity to reflect and ponder.  Intelligence exists in all animals to varying degrees and types.  I would suggest that Adam and Eve are an ancient understanding that once we were unable to comprehend “meaning” or “possibility”… knowledge… and then we were.  The Devil, so to speak, was in the peril and temptation of such awareness.  This does not deny the story of Adam and and Eve but it recognizes the inherit wisdom of that story.  Once we became truly aware of our existence and understood things and constructs beyond that existence, we took on a new capacity.  We became more, and less.

We have the incredible capacity to ponder, plan and imagine.  But we can imagine the worst or the best, in the past or the future.  That imagination can inspire us or scare us.  It can advance us or cripple us.

Our work suggests that character lives in the present.  You cannot be of courage or compassion tomorrow.  You can be of them today.  The practice of character is, indeed, a practice of presence and mindfulness.  We cannot be of courage, zeal or strength in the past nor future because BEING implies the now.

It is important to note that we have the incredible capacity to plan; and worry.  From the Bible itself we are told to “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”  My understanding of this is that we are not being told to avoid planning.  We are being told to avoid the worrying.  As someone once told me, worry is a waste of imagination.

So, how do we plan without needless worry?  Here is our suggestion.

Character has many faces; the virtues.  By practicing them, we are BEING.  The practice of all the virtues requires BEING and that implies the NOW.  In any given situation, we can practice acceptance, compassion, detachment, loyalty, strength, understanding and zeal.  In any given situation, we can choose to practice any of the virtues.  They require presence and the PRESENT.  Just yesterday, I wrote of 3 we seem to need collectively right now.

Look at any situation you are facing at home, school, work, business or community… right now.  Ask yourself, “What virtues are demanded of me, now?”

Answer that question.

Practice the answers.

Practice requires presence of mind, body, spirit and soul.

And, practice makes permanent.

So often we hear, almost as cliche now, that we must live in the now.  But what does that look like?  Is it simply about sitting or standing there?  How do we BE in the NOW?  I suggest that we be of courage and confidence in the now.  We be of compassion and caring in the now.  We be of discernment and wisdom in the now.

There is a quote from Baha’u’llah that I truly love.  “Noble have I created thee yet thou hast abased thyself.  Rise then unto that for which thou wast created.”  Our nobility of spirit is in the now, yet we have abased ourselves with unnecessary fears and worries of the future, and past for that matter.  We have distracted ourselves with WHAT IF and it has caused us, too often, to act out in ways counter productive.  We are being called to something more; our best.  That best can only be lived by BEING and in the NOW.  That is how you build one great foundation; one great brick at a time.

Awareness is a gift.  Awareness is awesome.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest and you might appreciate. 🙂

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

Leader ToC with Sheena Grobb

This month, with our fifth in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts for 2017, we interview the wonderful Sheena Grobb.  Sheena is a colleague in CAPS, with an incredible talent for songwriting and messaging on what matters most in life; living.  She is also a friend.  I am truly excited to have her join the conversation around leadership and character at Leader ToC™.

That being said, Leader ToC™ (Thoughts on Character) itself is our monthly series engaging leaders around the world on character, leadership and more.  Before we actually get started this month, here are:

… if you wish to catch up.  This is our eleventh issue, with more to come.  We are thankful, and look forward to continuing the learning journey; and having you with us.  We hope you engage and enjoy.

INTRODUCING SHEENA GROBB

Sheena is one of the members of The CAST™… and always brings considered and mindful thoughts to her contributions with the broadCAST™, our monthly collective blog post.  We are blessed to have her perspectives.  Here is just a little of what we know of Sheena.

Sheena Grobb is about compassion.  A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, and Sheenaover 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she shares hers.

So, let’s get at it to …

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hi Sheena.  It is wonderful to have you on board with Leader ToC™.  Thank you so much for joining us.

SHEENA GROBB

Hi Barry!  I’m grateful to be chatting with you.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Fantastic!  So, let’s get started.  For our readership and for me getting an even better sense… who are you and what is it you do?

SHEENA GROBB

Essentially, I am a Singer Songwriter, Speaker, and Health Coach.  I use music and emotional processing to help people connect more deeply with themselves so they can feel more authentic, heart centered, and present in their work and relationships.   I would say I’m a caring and compassionate person… who has been through the lessons I teach… and I love to see others find a deeper fulfillment in the way they’re living their lives and interacting in their relationships.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

That was certainly my first impression and experience when I first saw and heard you perform.  I still remember the presence of that moment.  You captivated a room full of leaders with your authenticity and insight.  With that in mind, for whom do you do this work best?  In other words, who is your best audience?

SHEENA GROBB

My best audience tends to be teachers and other professionals in emotionally complex work environments.  I’m also dedicated to supporting individuals struggling with stress related illness, as well as anyone looking to feel more connected in their relationships at work and at home.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Fabulous and very focused.  There is such clarity in that.  Then, how do you best serve them in doing so?  How do you offer your services?

SHEENA GROBB

As a speaker, I now offer seminars to share a bit about my personal story and what influenced me to begin looking seriously at my emotional health… how not having the tools to understand, express and resolve my feelings was impacting my health, my work, and my relationships.  For anyone interested in working more closely, I offer a 6 month intensive program where they can develop the tools – and learn the skills – required to interact in an emotionally healthy and fully integrated way… tools and skills we all should have been taught in school!

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Oh, I hear that!  As an educator, I surely do.  That work is much needed.  With that in mind. and based on your work over the years… in these times, what are the challenges and opportunities of leadership… from your perspective and experience?

SHEENA GROBB

One of the biggest challenges I see is how developed and outwardly successful many people can become – financially, academically, etc – WITHOUT tending to their emotional health.  But then through illness, divorce, significant loss, stress at work, or other natural life occurrences we all ultimately face, they don’t have the tools to deal with it all in a healthy or authentic way.  But we can all learn to pick up some of those pieces… we all have the capacity to learn and strengthen parts of ourselves we were never taught to nurture.  There is great opportunity for each and every one of us.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

That is so incredibly important in these times; to find our best and most healthy balance.  So, when considering the strengths of leadership as they might relate to character… what virtues do you consider to be paramount as strengths and why do you believe them vital?

SHEENA GROBB

I see the virtues of Courage and Compassion to be essential.  Courage to look at ourselves with honesty and vulnerability… and Compassion for what we might find.  We are all human.  Some people will spend a lifetime running away from who they really are… because of some impression they took in very young, or because they’ve forgotten themselves.  It’s one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever seen to witness another person remember who they really are.  It’s why I do what I do.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I love that… I sooo love that…. two wings… courage and compassion.  The courage to explore and the compassion to accept what we find.  Given that, what is one piece of advice you might have for our readership on developing leadership and strength of character in these times?

SHEENA GROBB

Sit quietly with yourself often.  Develop an awareness of your body and what you feel. Find a way to be truthful and honest with yourself always… your feelings follow a different set of rules. Acknowledging them doesn’t necessarily make them true, but your experience is worth honouring.  For a fully integrated and healthy human existence, it’s essential.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Indeed, it is the good and noble cause; our humanity.  I love the work you are doing.  So, how can someone connect with you for more information on your work?

SHEENA GROBB

The best way to get more information is to book a free 30 minute phone consultation with me.  In that time, I can hear a bit about you, I will explain a bit about what I offer… there’s never any obligation to work with me, and we can decide together what options might work best moving forward.  Email me directly at sheena@sheenagrobb.com.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I encourage anyone to connect with Sheena.  She is the real deal.  Real compassion and courage.  Thank you so much Sheena.  This chat has been wonderful.  I am so glad we had the chance.

SHEENA GROBB

Thank you so much Barry!!

 

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, check out Sheena’s workand her music.

You will be glad you did.

And, we continue on.  Yes, continuing through 2017, around the third or final Friday of each month… we will engage and explore with experts and leaders around the globe.  We invite you to join us.

Until next month…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest:

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

Assertions

First, John Maxwell on Character.  The quote we love most is “Go strong on the inside…”.  Indeed, we believe that strength of character is vital in these and all times; and character comes with many facets… many faces… the virtues.  Our work with The Virtues Project™ and its 5 Strategies keeps reinforcing the nuanced and powerful faces of character.

These past few weeks, we have embarked on what I am calling The Character Course.  Within that post of introduction, you can catch up on Acceptance, Accountability and Appreciation.

This week, we are examining Assertiveness.  As noted in this current week’s LinkedIn post, among other things…

  • With this strength of character, we speak our truth with confidence… valuing the gifts and capacities we bring to the table; standing for what we see is right. In doing so, we honor our own thoughts and words, and set clear and healthy boundaries for ourselves as we move forward… avoiding distractions and drama along our path of best choice. We know that we are worthy of honor and respect as are those whom we encounter.

What does that look like for you?  Here is a video from our Epic Minutes Live Series addressing thoughts on GREAT Confidence … exploring two thoughts that will help with Assertiveness… self efficacy and goal setting.  The confident belief that we can and the knowing of what we truly want are foundational to purposeful Assertiveness. So,

  • If you are an educator, what would this look like in the classroom or staff room?  What would it look like in the youth with whom you work?  How might you cultivate it?
  • If you are an entrepreneur, what would this look like in your pitch and as you collaborate and build your work and business?  What would this look like in your team?
  • If you are any kind of emerging leader at home, school, work, business and/or community… what would this look like in how you engage your life, work and service?

And how would you build it?  Here are some thoughts that lend themselves to the exploration of healthy assertiveness in our lives.  Our work is around character and building that Humble Swagger™.  How will you build yours?  It is about going strong on the inside.  May the force of true assertiveness be with you.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest and you might appreciate. 🙂

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

 

Focusing on Appreciation

Earlier this week, we started in on a look at Appreciation as a virtue; a strength of character… and hot on the heels of examining Acceptance and Accountability.  We called Appreciation the Prospector Virtue.  It finds value, when practiced.  It finds it in the good and the bad.  It is thankful in adversity; for the teachers are effective.  It is particularly powerful when focused.  That being said, we also engaged questions around:

  1. What is the most underappreciated area of your life right now?
  2. What or who exactly is being underappreciated?
  3. What will the impact of expressing genuine appreciation there?
  4. What actions would be required to do so?
  5. How can you begin?

Here is a thought on focus and how to begin.  We call it L.O.V.E.™… a 4-step process of expressing appreciation in deeds, not words.  Have a look and listen, and reflect on its application at school, work, business and/or community… for you, specifically.  Answer questions 1-4 above, then engage the L.O.V.E.™ as an expression of Appreciation.

Yes, love your work.  Love your challenges.  Love your clients, colleagues and constituents.  Love your family, class, teacher or students.  Love your business.  Love your community.  Love your life.  It is ultimately about bringing your best to any given situation.  It is about 4 steps in expressing Appreciation through more than words.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest and you might appreciate. 🙂

PPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

broadCAST May 2017: A New Path

broadCAST™ aNEW

The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™

Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™  have an opportunity to share their earned insights right here, for you, each month.  That being said, starting this month, we are taking a slightly new path of sorts… with a new view… with the CAST™ members having free rein to offer tips and ideas from their respective tool kits or answer the question we put out.  We figure that it provides a cool balance of structure, flexibility and value for all.

With that in mind, we wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts on their respective expertise and how it might be of service to you.  They each bring great value in service to their work. 

May 2017

With the above in heart and mind, the question to The CAST™ for May is:

What is one tip, idea or thought you have for the broadCAST™ community that might make personal or professional life just that much better?

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS

I’d like to touch on a subject that was briefly talked about a few months ago in a little more detail this month: Self Talk.  The long and short of what I’d like to offer this month is asking you to take just ONE WEEK of your life to try something different. For just ONE WEEK, deliberately and intentionally CHOOSE to focus on all the best outcomes possible for the ‘situations’ you face every day. It is our nature to automatically assume the worst when confronted with situations that don’t match our expectations. We tend to focus on all the things that could go wrong, rather than even consider the slightest possibility of success.

One funny (and true!) example comes from my daughter who was bummed out because she was so worried about what boys might think about her (her appearance, her smile, her weight, her hair, etc…). I asked her to do what I am asking you to do; for just one week, whatever you normally say to yourself (self talk) about a situation, deliberately and intentionally focus on the opposite. 3 days after I asked her to try this, she came home all smiles and giggles. When I asked her what had her so giggly, she replied, “I almost got 3 marriage proposals today!” She went on to explain that she waited on three ‘hot guys’ that afternoon at her restaurant and rather than focus on all of her (self-perceived) faults, she instead followed my advice and assumed that she was so radiant and kind that all three of the young men were contemplating how to ask for her hand…  talk about a change of pace! The end result was fantastic. She was happy, they were happy, she offered better service, they offered better tips, she remained in a good mood all day, and I am left assuming that those three young men walked away bummed that they missed out on a dynamic young lady.  😉

Truth be told, we truly are in total control of what we focus on and how we react/respond to events around us. So once again, I encourage you to take the next week and deliberately and intentionally focus on all the wonderful, amazing, and fantastic results that you will achieve!

Ray Hollister is all about strength, excellence and potential. In fact, he has a very special connection raywith students – he’s helped thousands achieve average scores of over 90% for 20 years! His love of learning… and his ability to teach anybody the same easy strategies he used to study far less than everyone else while maintaining outrageously high test scores… quickly earned him a lot of ‘friends’ seeking his advice. Ray has personally conducted numerous studies to develop an intense, focused, and  results oriented program for college students. With the success of that program, Ray set his sights on helping younger students in Junior High, High School, and those just entering University. The end result is a program that will help any student – especially YOU – learn more, study less, and earn consistently high grades.  www.rayhollister.net

KRISTA WALSH SAYS

Krista Walsh is about productivity and creating cash flow.  Krista is an award winning entrepreneur, author and speaker. From dental assistant drop out, to family business builder, to emerging leader for Atlantic Canada (twice), Krista will share her journey from failure to success and explore how to increase your cash flow and productivity.  In 2005 Krista established “KC COLLECT,” a credit, collection and resource company. It would be the first and only female-owned collection agency in Atlantic Canada.  Krista’s informative presentations engage and challenge audiences to effectively manage and build their businesses, professional relationships, and enhance their profiles.  Andrew Oland- President, Moosehead Breweries says “Krista is a smart, dedicated and passionate woman. She is an engaging and practical presenter who adds tremendous value to any audience.”  Her breakout sessions will assist you in navigating the practical tools you can implement immediately to increase sales and productivity, enhance and build relationships, and strengthen and increase cash flow.  Krista’s determination and vision has been recognized by her peers and she has twice received the Atlantic Canadian Emerging Award as one of Canada’s leading young entrepreneurs. www.kccollect.vpweb.ca

LIZ BURT SAYS

Here are 10 Reasons to Get Fit.  Spring is here and many of us are still committed to healthy New Year’s Resolutions or getting fit for summer. Everyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of exercise, and I love feeling strong. I have been extra dedicated to my own fitness routine over the last couple months and am really starting to feel the benefits.

For me, the benefits of feeling fit go far beyond aesthetics. Feeling fit makes me happier, more motivated and confident as well. In today’s world there is definitely a focus on fitness, but much of the media buzz seems to be centered on looking good, and less about the real impact that fitness can have on your life. So, if you’re like me, and aesthetic reasons aren’t doing it for you, you might be on board with the following motivators for developing a solid fitness habit.

  1. Working out is a huge stress reliever – If I have a tough day at work, a run is my go to and it is the one thing I can ALWAYS rely on to help. Regular exercise will also help you cope with the bad days or bad weeks with a little more resilience.
  2. Exercise releases endorphins – Whether it’s stress, sadness, or disappointment, exercise will give you an all-natural high and help you turn that frown upside down.
  3. Greater physical strength builds confidence and empowerment – Working out takes determination and dedication and is an investment in you. When you make that commitment to yourself, it feels good, damn good. So stand tall and speak your truth.
  4. Building muscle helps protect your joints and keeps your bones safer – Lifting weights increases bone density and stabilizer muscles that protect joints. Be sure to lift with proper form and seek an expert’s help when getting started
  5. Doing cardiovascular exercise keeps your heart healthy – We’ve heard this many times! Talk to your doctor if heart health is a concern.
  6. It sets a good example for those around you – A friend of mine inspired me to get into running eight years ago, and I’ve gone on to inspire others as well. Let’s plant the seeds of health all around us and motivate each other.
  7. It will motivate you to improve other areas of your life as well – “The way we do one thing, is the way we do everything”, a wise person once said. When we invest in ourselves from one angle, we are more likely to make other positive changes as well.
  8. It will add years to your life, and life to your years – A recent study showed that running 2.5 hours per week will increase average life expectancy by 5-6 years
  9. Fit people garner greater respect – Now this may sound a little shallow, and we shouldn’t judge people for their appearance, but we do respect when people make the personal commitment to take care of themselves and invest in their health. I look up to my fit friends!
  10. You will bounce back faster from illness and injury – A strong healthy body will recover faster from injury or surgery.

I hope you enjoyed these ten solid reasons for devoting a little more time to exercise and fitness. Now that the days are longer, brighter and warmer, what better time is there to get moving?  For me, this article is part of a new series on health and fitness for EPIC Engage™. Look for motivating articles from me in the coming months!  Thanks.

Liz Burt is about real and healthy results.  She is a master motivator. She is also a marathoner and marketing specialist living in Calgary, AB. She holds a three-year diploma in Business Management and Marketing, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and will begin her MA at the University of Alberta this spring. In addition to being wild about learning and running, Liz is also an avid traveller and has backpacked through twenty countries in the last few years. In her professional life she loves working with small businesses to develop simple and effective marketing and communications plans that achieve real results. She is creative, a bit of a health nut and loves to share her healthy passions in her blog. Liz is a goal setter and risk taker. She loves coffee, cooking, and great conversations. She gets huge joy in helping people and small businesses achieve their goals and are always ready to lend an ear and share advice. www.soundbodysoundmind.wordpress.com

 

MARK BLACK SAYS

What if life is supposed to be hard? What if trying to avoid all adversity, only creates more problems? What if the best things in life are on the other side of discomfort, and sometimes, even pain?  Embrace challenge. Face adversity and walk bravely through it. On the other side is where greatness awaits.

Mark Black, CSP is all about wellness and resilience.  He is a Heart blackand Double-Lung Transplant Recipient, 4-time marathoner, resilience expert, speaker, and coach. Mark helps people “Thrive in Challenging Times”. A Certified Speaking Professional, Mark has inspired more than 100,000 people in more than 350 presentations. At 23 Mark faced an unimaginable challenge. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing. Without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant he would not see his 25th birthday. Three years later, after receiving his second chance at life, Mark ran his first marathon. Mark spends his free time with his beautiful wife and two kids.  www.markblack.ca

SHEENA GROBB SAYS

Here’s a tip I’ve used to spur tremendous growth in my business and personal life: Do the thing that scares you.  Look deeply towards the task you most avoid… and give it your full attention this month.  Try it out.  Whereas in most cases it’s helpful to start with simpler or more enjoyable tasks, this approach asks you to cultivate your ability to transcend fear and avoidant behaviour.   Have a conversation or face a situation that you’ve been shying away from.  Target your “To Do” list from the perspective of what you would normally pass by.  There is often a great opportunity to stretch and grow with this practice.  Cultivate your capacity to go towards the things you avoid yet instinctively know will be for your greatest benefit, and soon there will be nothing holding you back.

Sheena Grobb Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… is humbly amazing. “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, Sheenaand over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers. www.sheenagrobb.com

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS


Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and Joel-Sweeney-291x300writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers. www.JoelSweeney.com

TRENT LANGDON SAYS

My submission for the May broadCAST™ is a reflection upon roles/identities and how we are defined (each and every moment) by the same.

This weekend, a provincial GSA (Gender & Sexuality Alliance) Conference #GSANL2017  is being held at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts. That means high school students coming together to celebrate diversity and acceptance, while acknowledging minorities that continue to be marginalized throughout the world.

A huge congratulations to the organizers for their progressive thinking and fight for equality. And to the attendees, your strength and willingness to stand up is so valuable. We cannot complacently accept the traditional stereotypes and narrow mindsets that still exist in many ‘nooks and crannies’ of this province and country… as well as blatantly on the international scene. The students I work with on a daily basis from the LGBTQ+ community are a great source of strength and hope for me.

In this spirit, I felt I would share the pic to the side: A 1970’s insert intended for parents from LEGO. It was forward-thinking for its time and encouraged parents to let kids be themselves. I hope LEGO continues to use the same insert… still lots of work to be done.

Trent Langdon is all about building legacy through character education and development. He is a junior high school counselor for 650+ adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities.  Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; currently completing his 2nd term as a member of the Provincial Executive Council of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) and now as the incoming NLTA Vice-President for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and serves as a member of the CCPA Ethics Committee (Complaints Division).  And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage team. www.epicengage.com

JAMIE McCABE SAYS

My big TIP for this month is to not forget to enjoy life. After a busy week of Easter Break, all our new sessions for after school starting and having our kiln not work for 5 days, I was in a bit of a whirlwind these past few weeks of utter rush… and in the mindset of “not enough time”. It was go go until I can’t go anymore; mind rushing at all hours of the day and night.

I decided I couldn’t keep up this pace and needed a break. I went out for supper last night with my husband, I can’t remember the last time that happened. It was relaxing and I was attentive (I think haha). I really enjoyed our time together and the distraction from the daily race, which I realized, I was the only one running in.  I had to slow down to see all the sights along the way.

Since I slowed down, I went to visit a friend, I was attentive enough to also see when another friend really needed my help and reached out to a few people. And do you know what? It felt amazing. It’s human nature to connect. We aren’t machines.  This got me wondering why I don’t do this more often.  You know life is short and we are here to live a little.

My advice is take those breaks you need and try not to wait until you REALLY NEED them. Be sure to take some time for you to really enjoy the things that make you happy and truly matter the most in life.

JM2Jamie McCabe is all about creativity and connection. She is on a mission to bring people together through art and exploring their creative side at Clay Café Avalon. Jamie became an entrepreneur and opened the paint-your-own pottery studio in 2008 and has seen many memories painted there since then. She works with children and schools where she provides after school art programs. She believes we should color outside the lines more and embrace our inner artist. At Clay Café, it’s not about painting the perfect piece, it’s about painting the perfect memory.  www.claycafeavalon.ca

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS

blg-singBarry Lewis Green is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness.  His book Human Being Being Being Human speaks to that.  and that is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday. www.epicengage.com

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Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. — Steve Jobs

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Anger and Accountability

Earlier this week, we shared this post on The Sure Step of Accountability on LinkedIn.  Tuesday evening, we shared this Mobile Eyes Facebook Live video on Anger is an Energy.  We invite you to consider them in tandem.  Then, we invite you to explore your own irritations, frustrations and anger to discern:

  • their surface source… what actual incidents have caused you such feelings?
  • their deeper source… in other words, what virtues lines in the sand do these incidents transgress?
  • the constructive actions to address the sources

Taking responsibility for our choices, with the humility to face our mistakes and the willingness to make amends… that is Accountability. Being a lifelong learner, proactively and reactively… weighing positive and negative outcomes; that is Accountability. It is about living up to our own sense of humanity.

For example, knowing that a certain driving habit annoys us is one thing.  Knowing what strengths of character (virtues) that behaviour crosses the line on gives us a better sense of our core.  We call them your Guardian Virtues™.  They are the sentinels that sound the alarm when you perceive an injustice.  Maybe tailgating crosses the line on Caring and Responsibility for you.  Knowing this can help direct us to actions that are more constructive in the long term.  We call these the Hunter Virtues™… those that they help remedy our reactions or the situation itself.  Maybe we call upon Patience or even greater Vigilance for ourselves.  These are but suggestions as examples; but identifying our Guardian Virtues™ (our lines in the sand) and our Hunter Virtues™ (those called upon to address or redress) are powerful and sustaining tasks in light of anger, frustration and more.

Ultimately, it is about being accountable to ourselves; to take best care of ourselves.  That being said and given that this is Mental Health Week, we also invite you to watch the movie Inside Out.  It is something to both enjoy and munch on.  All of our emotions matter; as does how we process and act upon them.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. That is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

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