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My Birthday Ticket

Last week, I wrote on Wander, Wonder, Ponder, Render … where I suggested that a four step process for exploring decisions for our lives moving forward might go like:

  • wander through your life from birth to now, walking through the life events as they have happened (I call it walking your life line).  Be deliberate and walk the journey.  That which we most remember, we do so for good reason.
  • be in a state of wonder in doing so, realizing this as an epic journey filled with trials and triumphs and everything in between.
  • ponder their most constructive lessons for you.  Ultimately, each trial and triumph is a teacher.
  • then render some form of decision on where you go from here.

Today, on the eve of my 59th birthday, and in part born of such a process this week, I both wrote this on Our Universal Three and created this “birthday ticket”.  The birthday ticket identifies a concise list of things to happen in this, my 60th year, and ahead of my 60th birthday next February 2020… yup, this time next year.  They include 9 milestones that will make my 60th my best birthday yet.

  • 36” waist, healthy and strong; best shape of life
  • master and lifelong student of character  and unity
  • speaker in English, Mandarin and French
  • student with The Ruhi Institute
  • lover, singer dancer, cartoonist, writer, archer and storyteller
  • simple man with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • business educator with CNA
  • Strategic Leader with Epic Engage™
  • financially capable contributor to the world.

This “ticket” is now present on my desktop at College, and at home.  It is on my phone.  It is concise and clear.  It is a one year bucket-grocery list of gifts to me, in becoming and being.  It represents my 20022020 Vision of:

  • It is 20022020, and I am a master and lifelong student of the global body of work around character leadership and unity building. I work with noble minded and hearted leaducators, communitrepreneurs and emergents in advancing same. In so doing, I have learned conversational Mandarin and French to bring that work more global. I have also engaged a deepened level of spiritual studies and practice through The Ruhi Institute, and more. I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery and more of what and who I love. My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda is by my side in enjoying it all. I am teaching business leadership at College of the North Atlantic, in class and online; and doing my global work of Epic Engage™. I am loving it! I am 110K in weight (slim for my body structure) and benching same; healthy and strong. And, I am financially ready, willing and able to support special projects in which I deeply want to invest and contribute.

It is served by my 90 day strategic plans… and I have aimed and claimed my way to this clarity.  All of this is to say that I highly recommend the process of identifying your gifts to you this year.  They can end up being gifts to the world.  In my case, these 9 milestones above answer:

  • Remembering who I am and want to be as Barry Lewis Green
  • Readying myself by learning and developing in the areas that are most aligned for me.
  • Rising to serve as such where I best can.

So, how about you?  For your birthday, or any launch day, what might you set aside as the gifts of gains in your life?  What gains can you lay claim to that will serve in you being your very best?

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

GREAT Goals and the HUNT

Last week, I shared in Homes Stretch, 3 Steps that, among other things, I am reminded there are three simple but hard steps working towards our own something cool … first, have the big picture clearly in mind and heart… second, establish mini 90-day snapshots to be the bricks in building that something cool, and, third, execute.  The hard part is to take the time in getting clear… and in the doing it.  Yes, clarity and commitment to follow through are simple and hard.  And, crucial.  This week, after an eventful, soul searching and eye opening week, I offer the following.

 

THE BIG PICTURE STAYS TRUE

If anything, this week confirmed for me that my big picture vision stands.  It is important to be clear… and clarity requires diligence in the reflection on same.  Clarity requires digging and questioning and observing and listening.  This week, I had numerous moments to do so and get sure.  My vision remains, and stronger for the reflection this week.

  • It is 20022020, and I am a master and lifelong student of the global body of work around character leadership and unity building.  I have learned conversational Mandarin and French to bring that work more global.  I have also engaged a deepened level of spiritual studies and practice through The Ruhi Institute, and more.  I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, boxing and more of what and who I love.  My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda is by my side in enjoying it all.  I am teaching business leadership at College of the North Atlantic, in class and online; and doing my global work of Epic Engage™. I am loving it!  I am 110K in weight (slim for my body structure) and benching same; healthy and strong. And, I am financially ready, willing and able to support special projects in which I deeply want to invest and contribute.

That being said, this week also suggested that I might boil it down to:

  • It is 20022020, and I am The Unity Guy™; student and educator around leadership grounded in character, unity, and spirit… delivering in English, Mandarin and French.   I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, boxing and all of what and who I love.  I am healthy and strong, and wealthy enough to do the work I choose; living as a happy and joyful man.

That is my gift to me on 20022020.  And, it is best manifested by understanding it as reality now.  Michelangelo himself suggested that he carved the angel out of the stone, implying it was already in there.  Getting clear on that pre-existing condition of reality matters and should not be avoided as something warm and fuzzy.  It is bedrock.

So, the big picture is confirmed, and in hand.  Indeed, over the years, I have developed a system I call GREAT™ Vision.  To have a powerful vision, you set your GOAL with specifics, then get abundantly clear on its RELEVANCE for you.  You figure out how you will EVALUATE your progress.  You determine your ACTIONS necessary, and you set your TIMETABLE.  The above around which I have articulated these past few days and weeks meets the needs on goal, relevance and timetable.  Let us consider execution and evaluation.  Enter, the other two steps previously noted.

  • establish mini 90-day snapshots to be the bricks in building that something cool, and
  • execute. 

MY 90 DAY SNAPSHOTS

To manifest the vision, I had noted last week that:

  • I will walk as a student of character
  • I will learn the very basics of conversational Mandarin
  • I will prayerfully engage in my Ruhi studies
  • I will sing, write, and live with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • I will teach business leadership at college and do my thing with Epic Engage™
  • I will eat “more than right” and walk daily.

I now suggest, with tweaks and as part of my 90-day snapshots…

SNAPSHOT 1: November 15, 2018 through February 12, 2019… 90 days.

  • I am walking as a daily student of the practice of character, unity and spirit
  • I am learning the first basics of conversational Mandarin and French
  • I am continuing my education studies, completing my current course
  • I am prayerfully engaged in my Ruhi studies, Books 1 through 7
  • I am singing, writing and living daily, with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • I have re-launched the new Epic Engage™ in January, with:
    • Project Black Wing™ for launch January 1, 2019
    • DELIVER™ sessions November 2018 and January 2019
    • Thinking CAPS™ national chats December 2018, and January and February 2019
    • NLAWS™ and Speakernet officially launched January 1, 2019
    • new blog-comic strip called Aukwords™ launched in January 2019
    • momondays St. John`s December 10, 2018
    • Speakeasies™ starting in January 2019
  • I am sharing epic stories, via video and momondays
  • I have strong connections with the business development community, including:
    • MBO
    • Futurpreneur, and
    • NLOWE
  • I have successfully completed the Fall term, teaching business leadership at college
  • I have a 38 inch waist, eating “more than right”, walking daily
  • I have completed and constructed my 20022020 462-day W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.

February 13-20, 2019: Reflection, Reset and 59th Birthday

SNAPSHOT 2: February 21 through May 21, 2019… 90 days

  • I am developing my own institute course load around character, unity and spirit
  • I am weekly practicing my conversational Mandarin and French
  • I am advancing my studies with The Ruhi Institute, with Book 8
  • I am continuing my education studies, with completion of 1 new course
  • I am Salsa dancing weekly; oh and singing weekly too
  • I am voraciously writing and cartooning my Aukwords™ blog monthly
  • I am continuing the monthly work of epic stories, on video and through momondays
  • I am boxing in the basement weekly
  • I am spending beautiful time with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda, daily
  • I am winding down my 18th year of my love of teaching with College of the North Atlantic
  • I am continuing to advance my global work with the new Epic Engage™
  • I am a 36 inch waist, first time in 25 years
  • I am on top of my W.E.A.L.T.H.™ plan, holding true to its expectations.

May 21-24: Reflection

SNAPSHOT 3: May 25 through August 22, 2019… 90 days

  • I am preparing to launch my new institute for character leadership and unity building
  • I am functionally and basically conversant in Mandarin and French
  • I have completed an additional course in The Ruhi Institute, Book 9
  • I am continuing my education studies, with completion of 2 courses
  • I am in a wonderful cool and loving relationship; yes, yip, yup, uh-huh 🙂
  • I am living a life filled with love, song, and dance.
  • I am cartooning and writing, and sharing those epic stories through video and momondays
  • I am back at practicing archery, and still boxing
  • I am living with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda by my side, everywhere
  • I am concluding my 18th year of teaching business leadership at College of the North Atlantic
  • I am growing my global work, reach and service with Epic Engage™
  • I am still a 36 inch waist and have reached my 110K in weight (slim for my body structure)
  • I am healthy and strong
  • I am enjoying a vacation, oh yes I am
  • I am staying on my W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan

August 23-24: Reflection

August 25 through November 22, 2019… 90 days

  • I am delivering on the institute for character leadership and unity building
  • I am sound in conversational Mandarin and French
  • I have completed another course in The Ruhi Institute, Book 10
  • I am continuing my education studies
  • I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, boxing and more of what and who I love
  • My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda is by my side in enjoying it all
  • I am teaching my 19th year of business leadership at College of the North Atlantic
  • I am globally serving with Epic Engage™
  • I am loving it!
  • I am 110K in weight (slim for my body structure) and benching same; healthy and strong
  • I am financially ready, willing and able to support special projects in which I deeply want to invest and contribute.

November 23, 2019 through February 20, 2020… 90 days

  • The Traig`hen Institute™ in Character Leadership and Unity Building has launched
  • I am conversant in Mandarin and French
  • I have completed the full course load of The Ruhi Institute
  • I am preparing for my second Pilgrimage to Haifa
  • I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, boxing and more of what and who I love.
  • My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda is by my side in enjoying it all.
  • I am teaching my 19th year in business leadership at College of the North Atlantic
  • I am thriving in my service and work with Epic Engage™
  • I am soooooooo loving it!
  • I am still that 110K in weight (slim for my body structure) and benching same; healthy and strong
  • And, yes, I am financially ready, willing and able to support special projects in which I deeply want to invest and contribute.

First, I had a dream.  Then, I had a vision.  It was deliberated on and articulated, and reflected upon and crafted.  THEN, and now, I have a plan with a checklist for measurement.  Now, it is about the execution.

RELEVANCE MATTERS

With that in mind, I am a strong believer that relevance fuels execution.  Knowing THE WHY is vital.  I know my why.  I am approaching 60.  I am young.  My stroke taught me that life is not given; it is appreciated.  The best way we can appreciate it is to live it.  The best way to live it is to live it as you.  In the Baha’ì Faith there are several Writings that even more deeply;y speak to me at this time.

From Bahá’u’lláh

  • Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created. These words speak to me of the idea that we all are created noble but yet we sell ourselves much too short, forget who we are and are expected to rise to who we always have been.
  • 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 therefrom. This speaks to me of the vital and noble nature of education, for the betterment of the world. Speaking of which…
  • The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds, through commendable and seemly conduct.  These words speak to me of a simple power we all have; character.
  • Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.  This speaks for itself; action… execution.

They all speak to me of relevance, for me.  My humble suggestion is to get clear on what is deeply important for you.  Know your big picture, however simple it might be.  Get clear on your snapshot milestones.  Then, execute.

Therein lies the GREAT hunt.  Therein, the way to live up to our heroes.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

13 GREAT Days Ahead

Last week, I posted on Promoting Healthy Minds and Wellness.  In it, I noted…

“… on Wednesday, February 21 (one day after my 58th birthday and a time I intend to be approaching a 40″ waist), I am excited to say CAPS will be offering a public event at the College of the North Atlantic… and I will be sharing on my own thoughts and perspectives and experience around healthy minds and wellness.  The event will be in the L201 Lecture Theater of the Prince Phillip Drive Campus of the College, running 7:00-8:00 pm.  More details to follow, but admission is FREE, and you can reserve a seat by emailing here.  Ultimately you will walk away with five simple but powerful strategies for advancing healthy minds and wellness; strategies I use personally on my own road.”

As I approach my 58th birthday, 13 days from now, I have been particularly focusing on my own state of mind and body, and I am looking forward to sharing my own hard won and well earned thoughts on same; and I hope you join me.  I think I have something to say that will add value and joy.

On top of that, at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s on Friday and Saturday, February 16-17, I will be sharing some short thoughts and insights on matters similar… at an event being held by Enactus CNA; 15 minutes each evening.  I am looking forward to all three events.  And, I am taking this morning to sharpen the focus and the blades on running up to my birthday.

I intend to be a comfortable 42″ waist by then.  I am beginning (this weekend) with a 6 week program called the Beat Barry Challenge, where I will be walking the weekend warrior walks, racking up the steps and seeing who in Krista Walsh’s Fusion Winter Challenge can beat those steps. It will both engage my fierce but friendly sense of competition… and facilitate my own continued journey.  It fits for my mind and body; so very much.

Bottom line, I am setting a mini challenge for myself, setting a clear goal of a comfortable 42″ waist by February 20.  That is clear and specific.  It is important to me because I have so much I want and intend to do, going into my 59th year; powerfully and palpably so.  I will measure it by mirror and pants feel.  I will consistently work on it, by walking at least 30,000 steps each weekend… at least… and then 15,000 steps each day during the workweek.  I will drink water and herbal tea.  I will continue to eat responsibly as well.

How about you?  Want to set a short term 10-13 day challenge of your own… for health or whatever?  What specific goal would it be?  Why is it important and relevant?  How will you evaluate progress?  What consistent actions will you take?  What is your time frame (I am suggesting 10-13 days)?  I invite you to choose and follow through on a GREAT goal of your own, with me.

Are you with me?

We got this.

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

A small bunch of other possible 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.

 

Promoting Healthy Minds and Wellness

The last time I blogged here, I chatted on nightmarish classes.  Then, today on LinkedIn, I wrote on a deeper kind of cute.  The common thread is what goes on in our head, and how we foster and advance healthy minds and wellness.  I invite you to read both, and reflect upon same… hot on the heels of #BellLetsTalk.

These days, I am finding my work on my own physical health to be part of that process.  After plateauing, I am now at a 42″ waist and feeling stronger… and the journey continues.

That being said, on Wednesday, February 21 (one day after my 58th birthday and a time I intend to be approaching a 40″ waist), I am excited to say CAPS will be offering a public event at the College of the North Atlantic… and I will be sharing on my own thoughts and perspectives and experience around healthy minds and wellness.

The event will be in the L201 Lecture Theater of the Prince Phillip Drive Campus of the College, running 7:00-8:00 pm.  More details to follow, but admission is FREE, and you can reserve a seat by emailing here.  Ultimately you will walk away with five simple but powerful strategies for advancing healthy minds and wellness; strategies I use personally on my own road.

Then, going forward, CAPS will be offering monthly free events on Promoting Healthy Minds and Wellness.

Hoping you join us on the journey of talking and listening.

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

A bunch of other possible 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.

Nightmarish Classes

I do not often remember my dreams.  Yet, last week, I had two powerful and great dreams that reminded me both of what I love and that for which I dream of in the future.  They were solid reminders of who I am.

Even still and more so, I very rarely remember nightmares.  That being said, this week already, I have had 3 episodic nightmares with varying scenarios and themes.  Indeed two in one night, two nights ago, were two of the worst I can ever remember.

That being said, with reflection these past 48 hours, these 3 nightmares have been even more powerful teachers.  They have (a) revealed to me key fears, (b) helped me explore their cause and core and (c) offered me insights into how I face them fiercely and heroically.

Two calendar months from today, I have a date with a publicly acknowledged goal, and I will be in PEI for a weigh in and measurement and celebration of same.  My intent is to be approaching a 38″ waist line, down from a max of 48″.  The relevance of such an achievement is threefold.

  • First, it will be the slimmest I have been in some 20+ years.
  • Second, it will serve to heighten and return my strength and vitality to those levels to which my soul resonates.  Even at my heaviest, I had energy.  There is more returning. 🙂
  • Third, it serves up the physiology for the next leg of life and work, as I approach my 58th birthday February 20 and moving forward.

Indeed, there will be cause to celebrate.

That being said, both my dreams last week and nightmares this week have caused me to better frame both the opportunities and challenges ahead… and help me to better understand what is required of me now, and going forward.  I feel better armed.

My thought to you, this day, is ” What loves and fears, manifested in your dreams, do you most need to take stock of at this time?”  Just remember the words of Dumbledore.

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

A bunch of other possible 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.

This Day One: The Journal Begins

On December 31, I posted this wish of Happy 2018!  Within it, I offered thoughts on 5 strategies for the incoming year.  I believe it worth a read and viewing… and reflection.  If making this an authentic and great year is important, I doubly suggest so.

The C.A.S.T.™ also, collectively, offered this post on 10 perspectives on goals and their achievement; and I humbly but strongly recommend the read as well.  There are views and thoughts worth the time, plus music and message that can add to your launch into 2018.

And then … two nights ago, I started.  I started on a video journal of this newly elevated road back to personal and optimal health … and what I am learning along the way.  I started to document the results from spending cool time in my FOXhole Gym, with my music and mementos and meaning all surrounding me.  I am calling it This is Day One, as each day is a new day.  Here are my first 3 installments.

Each is about 5 minutes.  In their totality they start to examine intention, habit, motivation, anchoring, focus and chasing a vision.  I offer them for your consideration; whatever your goals or desires for a better life at school, work, community or life might be.  As the next three months go, I will be sharing learnings on this journey and aspects of character that are crucial.  The intention is to practice, experience and observe character and behaviour in reaching for your goals.

It is offered in service.

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…

PPPS (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.

Wayfarer 1.7: Fit Bit Got My Back

Last week, there was this post on consistency.  Then tonight, I offered this on my new little friend Fit Bit.  And, over these past few days, I have been at #CAPS2017, learning, speaking and singing with my bandmates in Elevation.  The Fit Bit has been my buddy, getting me to take at least 10,000 steps every day.  This is so helpful in terms of going GREAT, for me.

  • GET … based on who you are and what you do, what do you need to GET done today.
  • RELEVANCE… how does that powerfully relate and have resonance for your one goal of BEING and DOING? This one is a fixed point, really. You are always relating your “get” to your natural BEING and DOING.
  • EXECUTE… what actions do you need to take on to go get it today?
  • ASSESS… on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being DONE), at the end of the day, measure your getting it done; and be prepared to reset.
  • TIMEFRAME… this is another fixed point… today… 24 hours. That is your time frame; those day tight compartments.

Also and over these past few days, I have discovered the coolness of one Earl St. Clair… and I find it moving in so many ways.  Then, I see this from my friend and colleague Michelle Cederburg on HELL YEAH.

SO WHAT…

So, here is my learning as I get on the next leg of this health journey.  First, having a clear vision and going GREAT is fundamental.  It is base line.  Second, consistency is vital and the Fit Bit helps me take the journey of consistency, one day at a time.  And third, each day, I need to make decisions that are HELL YEAH.

The vision is clear.  The HELL YEAH will help me answer the questions of going GREAT.  The Fit Bit and Earl will help me with the consistency of execution.

For us all…

  • KNOW your vision, clearly.
  • Prioritize your GREAT actions daily with a HELL YEAH Test.
  • Find the tools to support your execution.

Oh yeah, and BE OPEN.

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.

Wayfarer 1.5: Just One Goal

These past few weeks, what I am calling my Warfarer Journey towards optimal health has granted me some lessons indeed.  This week, the most powerful yet.

I invite you to check this post from LinkedIn on A New Kind of Great Day.

At core, and amidst a bunch of things learned, the shift has been to me seeing my goals as being narrowed down to one ultimate goal; a vision of who I am… and as if in the right now.  Everything I do, moving forward is in support of that vision.  I make decisions in alignment with that vision.   I get to define Barry and I ask myself each day, “what would Barry do?.

More specifically, I have only one real goal. To be that guy. Then, on a daily day tight compartment basis, I now ponder a new version of GREAT.

  • GET … based on who you are and what you do, what do you need to GET done today.
  • RELEVANCE… how does that powerfully relate and have resonance for your one goal of BEING and DOING? This one is a fixed point, really. You are always relating your “get” to your natural BEING and DOING.
  • EXECUTE… what actions do you need to take on to go get it today?
  • ASSESS… on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being DONE), at the end of the day, measure your getting it done; and be prepared to reset.
  • TIMEFRAME… this is another fixed point… today… 24 hours. That is your time frame; those day tight compartments.

This speaks to me of Simplicity.  I am no longer juggling what I perceive as multiple goals in various arenas of my life.  Those multiple goal concepts served me well overall with a health say 75-80% completion rate I am estimating.  But there are significant gaps.  My road to health is really now about daily actions in terms of the Barry I envision.  What would Barry do becomes a daily question of guidance, using the GREAT action model.

As to my weight loss, I am 46 pounds down, plateauing a tad… but I am getting there.  I no longer have arbitrary goals of outcome, but daily goals of task and effort… that support my true goal.  I am 46 pounds down, and I am doing the daily action that will inevitably witness the results.  And I am feeling focused.

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.

Wayfarer 1.3: The Power of Consolidation

First, off … and finally… to get truly grounded on this journey, I invite you to check out 4 earlier posts called Wayfarer: Ground Zero?  and Wayfarer 1.0 and Wayfarer 1.1and Wayfarer 1.2.   While this will be the last recap of sorts, I think it somewhat necessary to note that, in and throughout them, 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.

With all of that in mind…

I had my weigh in.  43 pounds down.  From the high of 316.  Still, this has been a plateau kind of week.  My weight has pretty much hung tight.  I am 43 pounds down… 2 pant sizes reduced.  But, it has also been a time of both encouragement and consolidation, before the next big push.

Over the weekend, I posted this pic, humbly but enthusiastically.  The resulting response of encouragement was positively overwhelming.

203 responses and counting, of kindness and encouragement.  That kind of response helps to generate Confidence and Accountability.  The outpouring of constructive response serves to further strengthen resolve.  And, I am thankful… humbly so.  Indeed and in deed, such feedback helps to advance Confidence, Accountability, Responsibility, Strength, Resolution, Gratitude and Humility… and more.  All virtues; all strengths of character.  Appreciation, in itself, is a virtue.  The Appreciation expressed by so many, is returned for such expression.   The point, for me, is the importance that character plays in such a journey and the willingness of people to be kind and supportive… all strengths of character.  It is not lost on me.

Now, as to consolidation… goals are great, and I am achieving mine.  43 pounds and two pant sizes down.  Yup.  🙂  Another 30-40 to go.  Goals are important.

Still, at this time of plateau, juncture and consolidation… it is more apparent even now…  execution is daily.  As I noted in my last Wayfarer post, “Coming from a masonry contracting family, strong buildings are built one brick at a time.  Each brick, well laid, supports the next.  That requires the virtues of Discipline, Diligence and Devotion; being wholly committed to execution each day. It requires treating each day as a well laid brick, and understanding that the results will take care of themselves so long as one executes with Excellence, another virtue.  In other words… while setting effective goals is vital, it is the execution that makes it happen.  That execution requires a daily approach of Discipline, Diligence and Devotion.  It requires it one day a time.”

Consolidation is a daily practice… to look back and ahead, and assess where you are.  That is strategic.  The process of strategic planning involves 4 steps:

  • Analyze the Situation (Consolidation)
  • Formulate a Strategy
  • Implement the Strategy
  • Evaluate the Strategy

… and each of these can be done daily.  At the end of each day, take account of the day, and CONSOLIDATE.  From there strategize for the next day, implement that strategy, and evaluate again at day’s end.  Dale Carnegie would say “Live in Day Tight Compartments.”  Baha’ullah would say “Bring thyself to account each day…”

For me and for now… I am starting again, but this day 43 pounds lighter and 4 inches slimmer.  But, I am starting again.  And, each day, I will.

SO…

Where in your work or life do you need to more greatly practice daily Discipline, Diligence and Devotion to start again, each day?  Where in your life… do you need to understand that goals achieved are goals maintained, and that requires daily attention?

I invite you to do that.

I also invite you to THIS EVENT TOMORROW.

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.

 

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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…

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