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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Wayfarer 1.1

First, off … I invite you to check out a post called Wayfarer: Ground Zero?  In it, among many other things, I offered this…

Back on October 15, I offered this on 77 Days and Beyond.  Then, on October 18, I shared on GREAT and SLOWER Health.  Since then, I have continued to live, reflect and learn.  This past week, I got rid of 4 pairs of 46″ waist pants; an act of burning my boats, if you will.  I have fortified my home with good food… in taste and sustenance.  I have witnessed a slimming, even today.  And all of that is to say that this journey continues… and, starting in November… weekly on Wednesdays… I will be checking in on my journey around the application and practice of character in this area of greatest and most present challenge; my very own health.  I do invite you to join me as the lessons learned and shared will be applicable across many areas of life, I humbly expect, suggest and contend.

Then last week, I offered Wayfarer 1.0… as a first update.  In it, I said…

For those who might not know, on August 20, 2015… I experienced a stroke that, while “minor”, has left me with what I call “remnants”.   One of those is a tiredness that extends beyond being sleepy.  What I have been able to piece together is that a stroke can have an effect on the brain such that it requires much more rest and sleep.  Indeed, sleep is the brain’s friend in health… among others, as I am finding in my own research…

That stroke, while not debilitating in any “major” sense, took much from me… in the way of my “tornado” style of energy and living.  My life still has moments of great energy but with much longer moments of rest.  It is now more like thunder and lighting, with great pauses in between the thunder and the lightning.  The AND is bigger; so much bigger.  Indeed, my energy requires a more strategic approach. That was a very difficult realization.  Very.

That being said, I am also aware that, given this new “culture of tiredness” around which I have to adapt, my weight is a factor in alleviating at least part of the impact.  While all of my tests over these past two years or so have shown no issues with blood pressure, cholesterol or other influential factors for stroke (it has left medical experts shaking their heads, for sure), I have come to understand the stroke as a shot across the bow and my weight is part of the inventory check; to repair and heal.

With that in kind, I posted this just this morning on Facebook.  Yes, after throwing out my 46″ pants (actually sent to a bin for recycling used clothes)… I woke this morning to realize that I can now fit into 42″ pants.  As I have said, my high was 316 pounds (144 kilos)… and 48″ waist… and I am now down to 275 pounds (126 kilos)… and a 42″ waist.  I intend to keep going. 

The feeling from this moment this morning… was gratitude.  I am grateful for that spark within me that has never given up.  I am grateful for the capacity and willingness to learn and discern and earn the right to keep going.  I am grateful for my study and application of character as it applies to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.  I am grateful for resilience and trust and faith.  I am grateful for that “shot across the bow” and the “reminders” along the way.  I am grateful for the “remnants” of the stroke that continuously teach me.  I am grateful for my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda who teaches me daily.  I am grateful for those who have taught me, whether they realize it or not… that my health matters.  I am grateful for persistence and determination and fortitude.  I am grateful for flexibility too.  All have empowered this spirit to keep going.  I am grateful.

My intent is to continue exploring character as the foundation for making better decisions in terms of my own health and wellness.  How about you?  In what area of your life do you need to advance strength of character right now?  Health?  Finances?  Business?  Relationships?

Whatever goal you might have for health, wealth, personal or professional… the matters of character we explore on this journey should be of value.

So, I invite you…

Until next time,

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

Some other reads, of note…

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.

AND an invitation…

Wayfarer 1.0

This weekend, we shared a post called Wayfarer: Ground Zero?  In it, among many other things, I offered…

Back on October 15, I offered this on 77 Days and Beyond.  Then, on October 18, I shared on GREAT and SLOWER Health.  Since then, I have continued to live, reflect and learn.  This past week, I got rid of 4 pairs of 46″ waist pants; an act of burning my boats, if you will.  I have fortified my home with good food… in taste and sustenance.  I have witnessed a slimming, even today.  And all of that is to say that this journey continues… and, starting in November… weekly on Wednesdays… I will be checking in on my journey around the application and practice of character in this area of greatest and most present challenge; my very own health.  I do invite you to join me as the lessons learned and shared will be applicable across many areas of life, I humbly expect, suggest and contend.

MY STORY, TO DATE

For those who might not know, on August 20, 2015… I experienced a stroke that, while “minor”, has left me with what I call “remnants”.   One of those is a tiredness that extends beyond being sleepy.  What I have been able to piece together is that a stroke can have an effect on the brain such that it requires much more rest and sleep.  Indeed, sleep is the brain’s friend in health… among others, as I am finding in my own research…

That stroke, while not debilitating in any “major” sense, took much from me… in the way of my “tornado” style of energy and living.  My life still has moments of great energy but with much longer moments of rest.  It is now more like thunder and lighting, with great pauses in between the thunder and the lightning.  The AND is bigger; so much bigger.  Indeed, my energy requires a more strategic approach. That was a very difficult realization.  Very.

That being said, I am also aware that, given this new “culture of tiredness” around which I have to adapt, my weight is a factor in alleviating at least part of the impact.  While all of my tests over these past two years or so have shown no issues with blood pressure, cholesterol or other influential factors for stroke (it has left medical experts shaking their heads, for sure), I have come to understand the stroke as a shot across the bow and my weight is part of the inventory check; to repair and heal.

I have been blessed to have had relatively few remnants… and to be as relatively healthy as I am, at my weight and age.  In 1996, I was in the best shape of my life, teaching dance 4-5 nights a week, while teaching business day time.  I was active, healthy and strong.  I was 220 pounds (100 kilos) of lean muscle… not ripped but strong.  After several years of teaching dance, it became like a job and I stopped… but my heavy carb diet (nothing wrong with carbs if you are working it out) continued and I ballooned 70 pounds within a year… up to some 290 pounds (132 kilos).  That weight has not seriously affected my health as yet, it seems.  Still, it has not helped.  And, it is time to get back to optimal health… for my work and play and life… going forward.

AND NOW, GOING FORWARD

That being said, my high was 316 pounds (144 kilos), and I am now down to 276 pounds (126 kilos); a drop of 40 pounds.  My intent is to reach 242 pounds (110 kilos) … another 34 pound drop… by my 58th birthday on February 20, 2018… essentially 34 pounds over 17 weeks… or 2 pounds a week.  I intend to do so using the SLOWER approach I alluded to in my post on GREAT and SLOWER Health

After that, and into my 58th year, I still intend on reaching what I call 100K Be and Lift… meaning weighing 100 kilos (220 pounds) and being able to bench same.

All of this is to say, I invite you to follow or join me.  This is not about an expert sharing their wisdom.  It is about a student learning and sharing the ups and downs (more ups than downs).  And, I will be learning… chatting with various people in the know… and sharing here.  Ultimately, it will be a journey of exploring character and personal leadership as the basis for making better decisions.

Today is the continuation of the 77 Days and BeyondBut, it is also the beginning of those 17 weeks to 242.  Whatever goal you might have for health, wealth, personal or professional… the matters of character we explore on this journey should be of value.

So, I invite you…

Until next time,

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

Some other reads, of note…

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.

Wayfarer: Ground Zero?

Just yesterday, on LinkedIn, I posted this on Three Thrusts we are introducing in November via LinkedIn, Facebook and You Tube… and going forward.  What I did not note was that… there is more.  As well, and here on our EPIC Blog, we will be offering several additional initiatives.

The Wayfarer Journal™

On Wednesdays and weekly, this will be more of a personal blog; with a personal and professional slant.  For a taste, see more below and shortly.

The Leaducator Experience™

Back on July 4 of this year, Trent Langdon and I published our first teaser on The Leaducator Experience™ …  our Volume 1.   Then, came our second edition in September…. and our third in October.  As essentially noted in that very first offering… The Experience is not simply a newsletter.  It’s intent is to serve educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders who hold a world embracing vision.  It is about offering resources to advance peace, passion and prosperity, locally and globally… at school, work, business and community; and we will be doing so one Friday a month.

We invite you to sign up to receive The Leaducator Experience™ directly and monthly.  Go to the right and see the side bar… and you can SIGN UP TODAY… 

Good Business

Here on our EPIC Blog going forward, and monthly one Friday a month, we offer a business-centric blog post around practical aspects of character and leadership connecting to matters of current interest and impact.  Yes, one Friday a month, we will examine matters of business and facets of character leadership important to consider.  It will be real and relevant.

The broadCAST™

We continue our long running broadCAST™, but with changes in format and delivery… following on the heels of our last edition in October around perspectives on fear and lifeThe 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…. again one Friday a month. 

Leader ToC™

Leader ToC™ (Thoughts on Character) is our monthly series engaging leaders around the world on character, leadership and more.  To date, we have delivered on 13 perspectives including:

We are now gearing up for another round starting in November 2017… yup, one Friday a month.

All of this is to say that we invite and encourage you to join us on Fridays, and check out matters around business, leadership and life.  And to that end, this is ultimately Ground Zero for Wayfarer.  Or is it?

The WAYFARER Journal™, 1st Edition

I am a Baha’i.  I say that not with any pride or claim to truth.  My Faith is my very personal owner manual; with my own personal focus on my own path.  I say this as my Faith speaks to me of a journey, not a destination.  A favorite quote of mine in the Baha’i Writings speaks of…

O wayfarer in the path of God! Take thou thy portion of the ocean of His grace, and deprive not thyself of the things that lie hidden in its depths.

This says to me that life is a path; and our lessons come in the living and reflecting upon same.  There is no instantaneous magic bullet event; IMHO.  Faith and Strength and Wisdom are earned, in living… every day.  Perfection is not the goal; but perfecting.  Indeed, if you want to know more about my own motivation and grounding, I invite you to experience this video.  It is not offered to convince or persuade or even influence, but to share the grounding of my own living and working and service… however imperfect it might be.

Why Do I Share?

Why do I share this?  I have been working in leadership development for some 30+ years now, mentored by many talented people across Canada, the USA and indeed the world.  I have been blessed to meet, connect with and learn from people of diverse wisdom over those years.  And with that, I now have:

  • 20+ years in business education and coaching
  • 15,000+ contact hours in speaking, training and facilitating
  • 35+ years in speaking, educating, managing and leading
  • coached 1500+ clients to date
  • delivered to audiences as large as 4,000
  • presented and performed in front of over 200,000 people of all ages and backgrounds
  • been honored to be a Master Facilitator with the Virtues Project™
  • been equally honored to be a Facilitator with Personality Dimension®

This is not a boast; but a deep sense of Gratitude.  All that being said, I continue to learn.  The being of the student is the path to learning, growth and excellence.  It is the process of perfecting over perfection.  My latest and largest area of learning these days is my personal health; and this is the true subject of this first and next leg of The Wayfarer Journal™.

Getting Down to It

Back on October 15, I offered this on 77 Days and Beyond.  Then, on October 18, I shared on GREAT and SLOWER Health.  Since then, I have continued to live, reflect and learn.  This past week, I got rid of 4 pairs of 46″ waist pants; an act of burning my boats, if you will.  I have fortified my home with good food… in taste and sustenance.  I have witnessed a slimming, even today.

And all of that is to say that this journey continues… and, starting in November… weekly on Wednesdays… I will be checking in on my journey around the application and practice of character in this area of greatest and most present challenge; my very own health.  I do invite you to join me as the lessons learned and shared will be applicable across many areas of life, I humbly expect, suggest and contend.

Certainly, I am no health expert but I am a good student, and I will dare to share any learnings here.  Still, Wayfarer will be a continuing journey around the practice of personal and self leadership, grounded in the practice of character strengths.  As noted earlier, it will be a personal blog with a personal and professional focus… and I do sincerely invite you to join me.

On our Home Page, I state that…

In every arena of endeavor, the world is increasingly challenged.  In the face of that, we fiercely and unapologetically believe in the nobility and strength of the human spirit; and its ability to move us forward together at school, work, business and community.  Indeed, we help advance it.  

The Wayfarer Journal™ will be a process of documenting my own experience with this belief and path.  It would be an honor to have you join me here, or with any of our new initiatives.

Until next time,

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

Some other reads, of note…

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 par

 

 

GREAT and SLOWER Health

First, I dedicate this post to the spirit of Gord Downie, who passed this very morning. News of his passing triggers thoughts of his poetry and spirit, including:

First thing we’d climb a tree and maybe then we’d talk
Or sit silently and listen to our thoughts
With illusions of someday casting a golden light
No dress rehearsal, this is our life

Ahead By a Century

This is our life, indeed and in deed.  As far as any of us know, we get one.  And, we know not for how long.   That makes this life a gift, most precious.  It is our very own responsibility to live it as best we can and know how, with the presence and occasional help of those who love us best.

With his spirit and poetry in mind… I am reminded that this past Sunday, I wrote on LinkedIn on 77 Days.  It was a very personal blog post in which I stated…

  • I am going to be taking a journey of 77 days. Yup, 77 days… from today October 15, 2017 through to December 30, 2017. Eleven weeks of pure and utter and fierce focus on finding my best and healthy balance; for going forward. These will be weeks of Honor; a virtue needed to take best care for the longer road.

Amongst other things, I have been reading more on the myriad paths after stroke.  I am constantly reminded that my shot across the bow was just that… but it was a shot; and there are remnants.  Those remnants remind me not that I am not so much limited but that my needs are different.  They are redirecting and re-strategizing my use of personal energy.  Indeed, I am excited to be sharing some thoughts on same at the next CAPS Cares event November 16 at The Learning Commons of the College of the North Atlantic.

With that in mind, I am going back to a process I researched myself some years back when I was dabbling in a road back to slimmer.  In my own reading, I found that there were essentially 6 important factors in any road to health.  Indeed, I wrote a small and free e-book addressing same that you can find right here… called SLOWER and BIGGGER Living that covered points on both health and wealth. I invite you to download it.

Still, everything is in execution; and execution relies heavily on motivation.  All systems will work, if genuinely motivated.  So, today I offer up two learnings that I strongly suggest are of value on any path to health, wealth or elsewhere.

SET A G.R.E.A.T. Goal

S.M.A.R.T. is the oft recognized acronym for goal setting but I have two major concern with it.  The R is too often referred to as meaning Realistic and it’s order in the placement is out of sync, to me.  Let me suggest that a G.R.E.A.T.™ Goal includes:

The GOAL, specific and well articulated.  You can actually see it by naming it.  My goal is not to lose some weight or get healthier.  Right now, my goal is to be 245 pounds (I like the number :-), lean and strong.

RELEVANCE, not realism, is the R.  Relevance is the motivation and needs to be up front.  It is the leverage and it has to be palpable.  For me, the relevance is (a) being on the main stage singing and speaking at CAPS Convention in Ottawa in early December, healthy and strong… and the deep and passionate desire to fend off the chances of another stroke… to valianly defend against same.

Then one must identify how you will EVALUATE or measure your progress.  My me, I have opted for mirror, pant size and weigh scales… plus comments made.  Reflecting on each measurement each day and week… will continue the motivation and momentum.  Evaluation is akin to setting up mini milestones of motivation… steps on your ladder.

The ACTIONS are essentially 3-5 consistent and daily actions you can take to make sure it happens.  This is where my S.L.O.W.E.R.™ acronym comes in… those 6 factors for health.  I will get at least 8 hours SLEEP a day (sleep is one of the best lines of defense for the brain and body, I gather).  I will find time to LAUGH each day by doing one thing in which I find great joy (laughter is one of the best medicines, indeed).  I will breathe more deeply with daily breathing exercises to get more OXYGEN (oxygen is used by the body to burn calories, among other things).  I will drink 1 litre of WATER a day.  I will do one form of EXERCISE of my body each day for at least 15-30 minutes; but it will be something I enjoy.  And, I will only stock REAL food in the house… bye-bye-bye to junk, retraining my the little gang I affectionately call The Taste Buds and that beast I affectionately call Jabba the Gut.  🙂

The T is TIME.  For this leg of my journey, my deadline is December 30.  I gather deadline, the term, was derived from a time when, if a servant did not achieve the task by a certain time, they were killed.  So, I will choose LIFELINE.  🙂

THUS FAR, MY STORY

I have been on this journey for a while.  23 years ago I was in the best shape of my life, 220 pounds of strength and muscle and health; teaching business and dance.  After stopping teaching dance 5 nights a week (it became more like a job), I continued with my high carb diet (nothing wrong with carbs in moderation) and I ballooned up some 70 pounds within a year or so.  Then, after many somewhat successful (in the short term) attempts over the years, I increased another 26 pounds to 316 pounds as my life highest prior to the stroke.

That being said,  I had no high blood pressure or cholesterol; and the reasons for the stroke remain a mystery.  But, what I am realizing is (a) I have not done myself any favors with the excess weight and (b) the problem has been in the motivation and execution, to sustain weight loss and health gain.

No More 

Yes… no more.  I am motivated, like never before.  It is a fierce focus now.  That is the leverage.  These first few days of the 77, I feel good.  I feel good for the deep motivation; the need.  I feel good for practicing Honor, Respect, Detachment and Discernment… and Discipline.  Character matters in any endeavor.  My intent is to be 265 pounds by end of October.  Then 255 by end of December and 245 by December 30.  That would be 71 pounds down from my life high.  That will feel magnificent; healthier, stronger and more.  The Force is with me.  🙂

Yes, I have been making solid choices; but it is the motivation and relevance that matters.  I humbly invite you to follow or join me on your own journey.  Maybe we can help motivate one another; but get connected to your own motivation… and I will see you along the way.

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

Some other reads, of note…

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.

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broadCAST October 2017: Fear and LIFE

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

October 2017

As we head deeper into the Fall… back at school or work… the overarching theme for The CAST™ in October is about fear, facing it and/or living our best lives.  So, let’s get at it.

Engage and enjoy. 🙂

 

JOEL SWEENEY SAYS

See and hear what Joel has to say on fear, in video…

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

LIZ BURT SAYS

I see fear as a motivator.  Lululemon is famous for printing on their shopping bags, “Do one thing every day that scares you”.  I think that this is a great message from this brand. Doing that which we fear can help us grow, and step outside our comfort zones to where the magic happens.  Are we afraid to fail? Afraid to try? Afraid it will be too hard? Afraid of who we will become in the process?

I remember when I was challenged to sign up for the Tely Ten road race for the first time. As a very un-athletic person up until that point, you bet your ass I was afraid. But through the pain that ensued, and the following years of challenging myself through the sport of running, I can honestly say that facing that fear was one of the best decisions I ever made. I learned that through grit, effort, discipline, and consistency, I could accomplish almost anything. One ten mile race lead to another, then a half marathon and then a full marathon and another, and now running is just a part of who I am, a daily practice for body and mind.

When I put my career on hold to go back to school and be a full-time student a few years ago, I was afraid. I was afraid I made the wrong decision; afraid of financial hardships; afraid I wouldn’t get the grades that I thought I deserved. But, yet again, I grew. I not only learned and soaked up knowledge like a sponge, but I grew as a person, more than I ever imagined and in ways I had no idea I needed to grow. I got the grades I needed and I decided to apply for graduate school. I remember crying when I got accepted into a communications program at one of the top universities in Canada.

My examples may have taken a really long time and a hell of a lot of tenacity to finally conquer, but you don’t have to start with the biggest craziest goal first.  It may be easier to start small and let the momentum build. If you start with a small goal, the fulfillment you get from achieving that goal or challenge will propel you forward to the next slightly bigger goal. You will grow, you will gain new confidence and you may even become addicted to challenging yourself.

So, if there’s something you want in life, don’t let fear prevent you from going for it, even if it will take a long time. A wise friend once told me, “Don’t be afraid of the time it will take to get you there, the time is going to pass anyways”. So, with that in mind, what will you do with your time?

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. lizburt.wordpress.com

RAY HOLLISTER SAYS

Ray is busy assisting with relief efforts in Puerto Rico this month; a work of true and ultimate service.  So, I thought to offer a contribution from last year… from Ray… on fear.  Quite the read.

After a horrific auto accident, I was facing an uncertain future and total paralysis. I had a deep seeded fear that I would not only never walk again, but I also feared I would never have a normal relationship – or any relationship – for the rest of my life. At first, I faced this fear quite poorly. I sank into a world of “what if’s” that were all worst case scenarios. I imagined the horrible things that other people were thinking about me or what they might say when confronted by my situation. After two particularly powerful visits by a psychiatrist and a priest, I then changed my view and outlook with one simple twist: I changed all my “what if’s” to be about the absolute best case scenario. I changed all my guesses about what people were thinking about me to be only the most outrageously positive outlooks.

You see, the truth is that it is just as easy to fantasize about the positive outcomes of our fears as it is to imagine the worst case scenario. But that is how fear sucks you in – it allows you to believe that the worst case is more likely than the best case. This is simply not true. I offer as my proof a simple exercise. Try for one moment to face the ‘fear’ of winning a jackpot lottery of $500,000,000. Is that difficult to do? Why? Just remember that it IS just as easy (and just as ridiculous) to dwell on the most fantastic and outrageously good outcomes of the challenges you face. This one small change in how I face my fears and challenges in my daily life has been the root of my ability to consistently feel joy and happiness in even the most trying circumstances. I encourage you to join me and start ‘worrying’ about all the great things that are bound to happen to you this week, this month, and this year!

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 shares a little, big life lesson… 🙂

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

MARK BLACK SAYS

Starting next month, Mark will be offering motivating thoughts in visual form… going to be cool.  For now, Mark has offered…

Have you had a hard day? A tough week? Take heart. You are not experiencing anything to be concerned about. It’s normal. That may come as little consolation, but it should.  Life is supposed to be hard. If your life is always smooth and easy, you are probably playing it too safe.  If you can learn to accept the fact that your life is supposed to be difficult, and stop resisting adversity, your life will be much better. Ironically, by straining to make our lives easier, we make them even harder. So rather than striving for easy, learn to thrive amidst adversity.

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

JAMIE McCABE SAYS

Jamie writes on fear…

I have faced the fear of coming into my own scary world of technology. We implemented a POS and an online booking system recently for Clay Cafe. I can’t say, looking back now, what exactly I was fearful of, perhaps the unknown? How does it work and how long will it take to learn?  Well, that’s always going to be scary. Maybe because the system wasn’t broke, then did we really need to fix it?

What I learned is that it didn’t have to be broken at all to make it BETTER. I let the excitement of growth, far outweigh my fear and that my friend, was worth all the reward.

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

TRENT LANGDON SAYS

Fear and obstacles often dominate the minds of my students. It is subsequently my role to assist them with forward movement by exploring unused opportunities and challenging current mindsets. It continues to amaze me how this journey can vary with each individual student. The most significant feature however is their willingness (with time) to tackle the challenge at hand and build an offensive strategy. My message is therefore this; utilize your connections (close friends, confidantes, a counselor, a therapist) to process your concerns, bounce ideas off of them, have them challenge your thinking, and have them call your bluff. Progress (to any degree) has a way of breeding progress and reprieve may be around the corner.

Trent Langdon is all about finding identity & building ‘life legacy’ through character education, integrity-based living, and social-emotional development. He is a junior high school counselor for nearly 700 adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities. In addition, Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; he is serving as Vice-President of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).  And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage™ team and co-author of The Leaducator Experience™.  Check out Trent’s blog.

 

SHEENA GROBB SINGS

Going forward, Sheena shares in song, and message; and I am personally thankful.  This month is one of my fave songs of all time.  Yes, Sheena it is.  🙂  I find such solace and strength in The Breakless Heart.  What a way to face our fears.  Thank you for this gift Sheena.  — BLG

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

BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS

I share some thoughts around my deepest fear.

Barry 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

QUOTES of the MONTH

  • You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. — Nelson Mandela
  • The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. — Mark Twain
  • We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. — Plato
  • Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. — Steve Jobs
  • Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. — Marie Curie
  • If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. — Dale Carnegie

VIDEOS for the MONTH

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The Leaducator Experience: October 2017

Way back on July 4 of this year, we published our first teaser on The Leaducator Experience™ …  our Volume 1.   Then, came our second edition in September.  As essentially noted in that very first offering… The Experience is not simply a newsletter.  Well, it is less of a newsletter; and more of one.  It’s sole intent is to serve educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders who hold a world embracing vision.  It is about offering resources to advance peace, passion and prosperity, locally and globally… at school, work, business and community.  It is about offering thoughts and resources that might just make life simpler, better and cooler as educators and leaders.   We invite you to have a read of our first two editions.

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FROM BARRY

INESTIMABLE VALUE

September 17 was Character Day. .. and we spoke to same in our last edition.  October 5, was World Teachers’ Day… advanced by UNESCO.  Excerpted from the site:

Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which celebrated its 50th anniversary during last year’s edition. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.

This year, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel. Teaching personnel at institutions of higher education are often overlooked in discussions concerning the status of teachers. Like teachers at pre-primary, primary, and secondary levels, teaching in higher education is a profession requiring expert knowledge, specialized skills, and pedagogical competence.

It goes on…

World Teachers’ Day 2017 will be celebrated under the theme “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”, echoing the 2015 theme that followed the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) (link is external) in September 2015, when teacher empowerment was reaffirmed as a top priority in all education and development strategies.

And offers a link to a Joint message on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day 2017 in Arabic ChineseEnglishFrenchRussian and  Spanish .

I am a college educator.  I have been for some 23 years now.  One of my favorite spiritual quotes goes “Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit there from.”  This speaks to me of the ultimate value of education.  It is the most noble of work, and advances civilization.  At its core, it is about growth and development.  Teaching passes on not only knowledge but progress… and the opportunity for wisdom.  Education at school, work, business and community is vital for peace and prosperity, locally and globally.

With that in mind, I am also a Master Facilitator for The Virtues Project™, globally.  The Project focuses on character education and leadership in over 100 countries across the planet.  For 27 years and counting its focus has been to be “a global grassroots initiative to inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life, sparking a global revolution of kindness, justice, and integrity in more than 100 countries through Facilitators, Master Facilitators, Champions and Virtues Connections.”  It engages and “empowers individuals to live more authentic meaningful lives, families to raise children of compassion and integrity, educators to create safe, caring, and high performing learning communities, and leaders to encourage excellence and ethics in the work place.”

The Virtues Project™ was founded in Canada in 1991 by Linda Kavelin-Popov, Dr. Dan Popov and John Kavelin and has been honored by the United Nations during the International Year of the Family as a “model global program for families of all cultures”.  This is all to say that, as we honor World Teachers’ Day and going forward, our work continues to be about character leadership at school, work, business and community.  Character is an everyday matter and the stuff of leadership.  So, in that spirit, we offer the following resources to advance conversations around character in the classroom and on campus especially; or simply as a source of self care and acknowledgement. 🙂

Plus individual and group coaching services…

I hope these serve.  I also hope you had a wonderful World Teachers’ DayAnd, I hope you took or take some time to reflect on the noble nature of education and the powerful potential for legacy, in delivering great education.  Remember that great education is great leadership and great leadership is great education.  Teachers matter.  Teaching matters.  When we realize that, students benefit.   It makes a difference.

Oh, and a wonderful little Teachers’ Day song… after the fact, but good to go forward.

AND, how could I almost forget?  Some thoughts from me and my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda… on teaching.  If you cannot read it, email me to get a copy.  Hope you like. 🙂

Well, that’s it for me… for this month.  I personally and sincerely encourage you to sign up to receive The Leaducator Experience™ directly and monthly.  You just go to the right and see the side bar… and you can SIGN UP TODAY.  Then we can send it directly each month.

Now, onto my good friend Trent…

 

FROM TRENT

STABILITY and FEAR

Anyone who has spent any amount of time within the social media realm has experienced the tornado of historic quotes, touchy-feely messages, and deep thoughts that stream across your screen of choice. In a matter of seconds, your thought processes shift from appreciating the forward-thinking of Abraham Lincoln, to saving an endangered species, to stopping and enjoying a kitten sleeping in a mug.  Prior to utilizing social media, I very much valued stumbling upon that special quote or idea that grabbed my attention and motivated for days to come. Now with the search of one key word, your screen is flooded with a vast array of options for your perusing pleasure. I now find that my thoughts can often be scattered and fleeting with any amount of time spent online.  Thanks for sticking with me on this one… here is my line of thinking. 🙂

It is important to intentionally stabilize our thinking patterns as a way of controlling stress, ‘tornado thinking’, and preventing anxiety; an online presence can sometimes become invasive to your well-being.  In terms of your own personal mission statement, choose to hold true to those perspectives and ideas that represent your values. Your online footprint can become quite blurry with overuse of that ‘share’ button.  In addition, fear and obstacles (frequently due to online activity) often dominate the minds of my students. It is subsequently my role to assist them with forward movement by exploring unused opportunities and challenging current mindsets.

With all of that in mind…

It continues to amaze me how this journey can vary with each individual student. The most significant feature however is their willingness (with time) to tackle the challenge at hand and build an offensive strategy. My message is therefore this; utilize your connections (close friends, confidantes, a counselor, a therapist) to process your concerns, bounce ideas off of them, have them challenge your thinking, and have them call your bluff.

Progress (to any degree) has a way of breeding progress and reprieve may be around the corner.

With that in mind, here are some suggested Resources:

Until next time, take care of yourself.

CONTRIBUTORS and AUTHORS

Trent Langdon is all about finding identity & building ‘life legacy’ through character education, integrity-based living, and social-emotional development. He is a junior high school counselor for nearly 700 adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities. In addition, Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; he is serving as Vice-President of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).  And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage™ team and co-author of The Leaducator Experience™.  Check out Trent’s blog.

Barry Lewis Green is all about heroic character leadership and its impact on building cultures of strength, unity, resourcefulness and what he calls joyful excellence.  He 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.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  Barry’s 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.  Barry is humbly proud to advance this work with Trent and The Leaducator Experience™. Find Barry @ epicengage.com.

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POST SCRIPT RESOURCES

And, given this month is also about focusing on the issue of bullying… here is a video series to advance conversation around the issue…

 

 

 

 

A Decisive Wrap Up

This week, we have been looking at Decisiveness, and Accountability.  First and before going further, to frame the spirit up a bit… I invite you to consider these tunes.

For me, they sing and speak to me of Decisiveness and Accountability and the questions and answers that accompany such considerations.

Now, I invite you to consider these posts from the week.

On LinkedIn

In Our Epic Blog

In so doing, we challenge you to identify the top focuses of your own accountability.  For me, it is my concept of God and my soul… however I understand that to be.  That is where my life must source itself… for health and happiness.  How about you?

Then, consider how you can best decide, with those accountabilities in mind and heart.  What must be your litmus test in charting your course at work and in life?

See where that takes 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.

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Petty Decisions

Earlier this evening, there was this news.  In immediate reaction and response, I posted on Facebook, the following:  Wow, are you kidding me? LIVE your life. Live YOUR life. Live your LIFE. Somehow. Fly Mr. Petty fly.

Then, some hours later, there was this… an update.

As we collectively await word, some things occur to me.

First, I sincerely honor the attention to craft that Tom Petty has brought to his music.  He is a musician in the best sense of the word.  Specifically, I posted on LinkedIn this week… the following post on Creativity, Choice and Decision.  Within that posting, I suggested that:

The courage to decide… confidence in one’s choices… this does not imply perfection or arrogance. Courage and Confidence here implies that we will try and that we know we will learn and grow, regardless of initial success or not. Discerning and being willing to act in the moment does not imply you know what will happen. It implies that you trust you can respond and learn from whatever outcome. There is true Confidence… not simply bravado. We run with our decisions, knowing we can change direction in our running… if need be.

All of this is to suggest that Decisiveness is a strength of character needed to live a life of integrity; true to one’s best self.  Having never met Tom Petty, I cannot say for sure… but, it seems to me he has made his choices… real and authentic.  Like John Mellencamp, he never wanted to be a pop singer.  If you want to be one great; but that was not his choice.  His music, was his to choose.  He was free to choose; and he chose.

So, with this in mind and heart, the news of Tom Petty speaks to me of both the potential “loss” of an artist that impacted millions and the reality that we only have control over our choices in life and profession… not in how long we enjoy both.

Then… what can we learn, in honor?

What are the decisions you need to make for true alignment and integrity?  What decisions require your courage right now?  What decisions will bring you the most confidence in their making? With discernment and deepest truths in mind, what decisions require your action?  It is time.

As an educator or leader; how can you advance the conversation with your students and teams and communities… to get to making the decisions that count?  Can you offer up examples of people who have chosen the courageous decisions… people with whom your students, teams and communities can identify?  Can you facilitate great conversations about what those decisions took and the impacts they had on the lives of those who decided and those they affected?  It is time.  It is indeed and in deed… time.

I think Tom Petty has already lived a life true… to himself and his craft.  I believe this to be so.  Whatever our time, if we were to be so bold and courageous; there is life.

That is the strength of character that is Decisiveness.  Decisions… make them.  Take them.  indeed, it is how we learn to fly.

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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