Growth 101: Then & Now

Growth 101: Then & Now

Who is this guy?

What was, was. What is, is. I’m the best version of myself. While continuing to grow. Watch out, ‘CAUSE HERE WE GO!

The time has come to update everyone. I spent quite a lot of time writing about my trials and tribulations to success. More so, becoming the best version of myself. One year ago, I started that journey in Huntsville. So where are we now?

Taking a moment to reflect and be grateful for the experience is mandatory and a part of my routine. How could it not be. I left everyone I knew, everything I knew. It was a monumental decision. One of the hardest decisions of my life, but it was something I was meant to do. I had too.

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Waking up early, putting on my shorts (rain or shine) and then hoping on my bike to take the trip to Deerhurst; a mere 7 km away. Then there were the days where I had to run in. This was my life, this was how I began my transformation. It was the best investment I’ve ever made. It was an investment in myself.

From some of my earlier blogs you’d know that I was at the lowest point in my life. I didn’t know what my purpose was, why I’m here and who I was? I made some poor choices and ultimately put myself into a downward spiral. It was a dark, dark place. There were loved ones who I pushed far, far away. There were points when I didn’t think there was a reason to continue.

However, something deep down kept telling me…there’s more!

Those’s words had a profound affect on me. I knew that if I wanted change…I had to change.

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What Did I Do at the Resort

Working in about 10 different positions, anything from Golf Pro Shop to Bartender, Rec Team to Corporate Team Building; I did it all. When the horizon of my departure was approaching, I interviewed for a job there. Thinking I’d be a slam-dunk, I thought, well I guess I’m here to stay.

Sadly Mistaken

I didn’t get the job. That being said, the universe has a funny way of telling you that this isn’t for you. There’s more.

I made the trip southbound on Hwy. 11, then to Hwy. 400 and then home to Toronto.

I was a new person. With an incredibly clear mind, a fit body (I f****** worked for it, I love it), a new mental attitude and a new found perspective on life. How could anyone stop me now?

Taking time between Deerhurst and what I’m doing now, was a very introspective time. I had to dive deep down and understand what I loved, where I bring value and where I can accelerate. I spent 8 months running to work, I have some f’n momentum.

People don’t really understand true sacrifice until it’s made. It’s easy to ride the escalator; try the stairs. Once you get to the top, you’ll always appreciate the things you had to work hard for.

So, What Do I DO?

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Well ladies and gentleman, I’m now an Agent at the National Speakers Bureau. I represent the best and brightest in the world. I sell motivation, inspiration and ‘aha‘ moments. I sell IDEAS.

This whole blog was a means to stay connected with my friends, but more so I’ve realized it’s a means to inspire and motivate. I hope I’ve even given you a couple ‘aha‘ moments too.

This is what I’m meant to do. 

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I did it!

I went north to change, to truly increase my range. With what I now know, I will continue to grow.

Dream it, imagine it, believe it. Write it down, make a plan, put WORK behind. Without work, it is merely a dream. With calculated work, it becomes reality.

Now go out there, change your life. This is the motivational speech that got me through SO much. It inspired me to change. So go out and do it NOW.

Dan out.

 

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Growth 101: So, what next?

Growth 101: So, what next?

Much time has passed since I’ve last posted. A couple months if I’m not mistaken. Why? Well I didn’t know what to write about, I wasn’t sure where to take this. I was at a blockade. I’m speaking to you honestly when I say that I’m not sure what I’m doing.

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I made the big change, moving up north to Muskoka, yet I see the summer slowly winding down. The thought of then next season is something I’m not sure about. Yet, I’ve had a hell of a time.

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I want to be somewhere where I can continue to grow, is this the place for me, who knows. What I know is that the people I’ve met and friends that I’ve made will be treasured for a lifetime.

There are so many great people here with a story to tell, a reason why they’re here. Whether it be for good or bad; question remains, why am I here?

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Taking a moment to reflect, I realized that I’ve changed since arriving. I’m more relaxed, in the best shape of my life, my golf handicap is to a single digit, I’m ridiculously tan; but what else?

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In terms of where I want to take my life from is uncertain. What I do know is that following my passion and doing what I love has given me incredible satisfaction.

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So is that what life is all about? Doing what you love and enjoying life? I still feel as though there’s much I need to do and give back.

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I’m lucky enough that I love to write and I feel as though I’m pretty fucking good at it. What can I say, my vocabulary is vast, however sometimes those words really help enunciate the point.

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Any who, if you’re reading this and wondering, what’s his next move. Well confession, I don’t know. I’ve become quite comfortable with change and risk. The fact I took it, makes it easier to make the jump again. Where I’ll land, well that’s the million dollar question.

What I do know for certain is that I want a way to continue the lifestyle that I’ve enjoyed, but I need a variation or else I fall in the perpetual lifestyle of comfort (I’ll avoid that, thanks).

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I missed writing this blog, but where shall we go from here. I have a few plans in the works. Time will reveal them, actions will show and words will be few.

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The world is a big place, I want to experience it. I want to continue to inspire and motivate people, while at the same time growing as a person. My spiritual, mental and physical aspects of my person have grown drastically.  Where shall we take these new found skills?

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Ladies and gents, we’ll get back together soon. I’ve changed, so my blog should reflect it.

Changes are coming. Here we go!

Thanks for stopping by, peace and love!

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Growth 101: Committing to Change

Growth 101: Committing to Change

Before we get started.

For this post, I’m trying something new. I’d like you to please play this song while you read my post. Allow it to pump you up, while at the same time creating an immersive atmosphere for the post itself.

Committing to Change

Change; a word that for some is impossible. However, others view it as means of growing and ultimately creating a new life for themselves. Nothing changes over night, but commitment to change allows ourselves an opportunity to become more.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

George Bernard Shaw

I’ve been committed to some major changes in my life. Before I committed to my changes, I was fearful of what could happen, rather than what would happen. What was scarier was that I could be in the exact same place next year.

I had to formulate a plan, a means of setting myself up for success.

The major changes I laid out for myself were:

  1. Get in shape
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  2. Genuinely connect with people 
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  3. Create my own happiness
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  4. Spread positivity and inspire people
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I had these four ideas as a means of changing my life. The question remains, how?

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

Robin Williams

For my first goal of getting in shape, I decided to get rid of my car and bike/run everywhere. As well as incorporate other activities into my daily routine. Not only has this physically and mentally transformed me, the energy I have now is incredible. I feel like I’m accelerating. Faster and faster, growing and improving myself. I can say that I’m in the best shape of my life, but it’s only getting better. I balance this with a very healthy diet of veggies and meats, very little carbs, cutting sugar (except the odd treat from time to time) and lots of water. My body loves me back, I can feel it.

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The second, by disconnecting my cell phone I’m now more genuinely engaged in the interactions I have on a daily basis. There’s no longer a superficial “Hey, what’s up?” digital interaction, there’s a heartfelt conversation with people. It’s quite powerful. I’d forgotten what it’s like to be in the moment.

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Third, by doing more of what I love. I now everyday go for a paddle-board, golf, bike, run, meditate, play tennis, write, read, cook healthy delicious food and connect with more people. At work I give everything I have to add value to everything I do. No matter who you are, what you do or where you’re from; everyone is treated accordingly, the same.

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Finally, my goal for spreading love and positivity, along with inspiration. I had to find a way to utilise my abilities to help build people up. My talents lay in both the verbal sense and written word. I have a skill in speaking, I’m also a strong(ish) writer. I have these means to spread my message. I have a responsibility to use the talents I was gifted with to engage, inspire, motivate and ultimately get you to follow your dreams. There’s nothing more exciting than people pursuing their dreams and a life they’ve dreamed of. You can do whatever you’d like. Just make that change.

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What’s stopping you? Think about it.

The ability to commit to change is like a muscle, work it out. The more changes you make, the more comfortable you get with change. Furthermore, the more often you make changes, the better chances you have of following through with them.

I can say this from a first person perspective. Now from the outside looking in, I’ve made the changes. I’m committing and reaping the benefits.

The bell has struck midnight, a new day has began. Make the changes you know are necessary for your success. The video below is a spot on visualization for change and the motivation you need to improve. Enjoy.

 

Continue to grow, love each other and become more.

A pleasure as always, thank you for stopping by. Have a a great day.

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Growth 101: Life after Risk

Growth 101: Life after Risk

UPDATE: My Progress as I Invest in Myself.

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Good day my fine friends. It’s been quite sometime since I’ve posted. This is no reflection of my state of mind, however it’s more relevant to my life. As you’ll read below.

I wake up, happy, I’m excited for the day. What can I do next, how can I make the most of each day.

My day starts with  10km bike ride, however recently moving to a new place has my bike ride to only 2.5km…so I run instead. (Oddly, I’m upset it’s not further).

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I arrive at work, wide awake and ready to hit the ground running. A stark contrast to my daily life before the move. As a matter of perspective, my days before consisted of a drive to work, sitting at my desk, driving home and sitting at home.

It’s quite a difference now, as I ride to work, workout, swim, paddle board, say hello to everyone at work, just spread the joy that I’m currently in possession of.

Joy and happiness is a gift, share it constantly. My current state of mind is pure happiness and excitement. Life is really coming together. The fact that I made the choice to do what I love has given more opportunities than something that I ‘thought’ would makes me successful.

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I have the ability to make people happy, motivated, inspired and I require nothing more than your time. That’s all I require, leaving life better than I found it, that’s success.

Back to the comment I made before about life after risk. It’s just a stepping stone. I’m now MORE comfortable with taking even MORE risks. Because I’ve seen what’s on the other-side of fear and risk. There’s so much more for you there.

The universe is filled with abundance. Do not let a certain mindset limit you from reaching for the unlimited potential that is ever present. It’s there, you just have to find it within yourself.

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Know what you love, pursue it. I may sound like a broken record however, when you do what you love, you need to reset and start from a lower point. Do NOT let this discourage you. When you’re doing what you love, you’re able to accelerate your growth.

“Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don’t see what goes on underground – as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don’t see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree.”

Joyce Meyer

When a plant is in a dark room, with not much light, positivity and water; it grows very slowly, if at all. Consequently, that room can be a metaphor for life for some.

The antithesis to this is a plant in a room filled with windows, gathering an abundance of sunlight, with positivity in great supply. Watering constantly, the growth of that plant is exponential to it’s dark-roomed counterpart.

The sunlight we crave is happiness (as it warms us), the water is our career (our fuel for growth) and the positivity is how we feel about ourselves. One could call it a spiritual photosynthesis.

“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
Chinese Proverb

Find something that makes you happy, feed yourself with a daily life that’s fulfilling and refreshing. More importantly, do what is beneficial for you, push even more and the climb is magnificent and certain.

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In Conclusion

The more risk you take, the more comfortable we become with risk. The more risks taken, the greater the opportunity for success. The more opportunities for success, the more fulfilling life becomes. Look inward, reflect and put your efforts into something that makes you happy for each days experience. Once you are there, it’s merely another position to level up in life and grow again.

Change your Mind, Change Yourself. WATCH THIS! It will MOTIVATE YOU!!!

 

 

A pleasure as always. Thanks for stopping by.

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Growth 101: A New Chapter to be Written

Growth 101: A New Chapter to be Written

A New Beginning

It’s happened, I did it. I’ve taken the leap of faith and MY GOD does it feel good. I can say that I’m more excited than ever to wake up in the morning and see what the world has in store.

I’m happy and free from the bull. It’s empowering to say that this is exactly what I needed and I’m the happier than ever to be to be doing what I am.

I’m now living in Muskoka; living the dream.  I’m cycling every day, running, filming, connecting and GOLFING! I couldn’t be happier. When everything goes as planned I’ll be out on the water everyday either paddle-boarding, wake-boarding, wake-skating or wake-surfing. Plus some fly-boarding too.

Now I’m not doing this rant to humble brag or rub it in. I’m doing it to show you that you can take a chance at what you love and IT’S WORTH IT!

On the other side of fear is happiness. SO TAKE THAT CHANCE!

I love what I’m doing. Let me say that again, I LOVE WHAT I DO.

Plus I made sure to put myself in a situation where I can be the person I want to become. Growth is an absolute. Life is only getting better. Accelerating, momentum building, life becomes what I want it to be. I’M IN CONTROL!

Take Control

So take control of your life. Don’t just think that the way things are, will be the way life will continue. You control your destiny. SO MAKE IT INCREDIBLE. We only have so much time here. Don’t just be satisfied with your ‘job‘, do what you’re destined for. You know what that is, so pursue that dream and love each and everyday.

I’m so grateful for this opportunity, I have a responsibility to give back and try to improve life in anyway I can. No matter how big or small the gesture is, always try to leave life better than you found it!

What I’m really getting at is, only you set the restrictions of life upon yourself. Remove the invisible shackles of a stagnate life and embrace the power of your own potential. Follow your heart, go for it, do it! The only limitations are those that you set on yourself. REMOVE THEM!

Growth = Happiness, so GROW! Grow higher and faster than ever before. A mighty redwood must first start in the soil and below the ground. You have to start somewhere, but you will grow. With time and perseverance you rise from the ground and become so strong and solid that nothing will ever knock you down. The mightiest trees survive the mightiest winds, you can rise, grow and become something that you didn’t think was possible.

Please

Believe in yourself, believe in the impossible because only you can make it possible. You will. I believe in you. You will do it. Why not?

DO IT, TRY IT, LEARN and TRY AGAIN.

Never stop, every time you fall, you have something to take away, learn and do it again! You got this! Your dreams are not merely in your head, take those ideas, formulate a plan and GO FOR IT!

In Conclusion

I say to you all, life’s too amazing to let slip by. Take your chance, go for it, you are in control. Quit that shitty job, find your propose and live the life you know you were meant for. Work hard, give back, love each other, a million small gestures change the world.

Change your world!

 

Thanks for stopping by. A pleasure as always.

 

 

Growth 101: My Leap of Faith

Growth 101: My Leap of Faith

Taking a Chance on What You Love –

I pose you this question: What the hell are you doing?

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Wh…Wh…What?

My life has always been an up and down ride, from different career choices, to decisions in my personal life; there’s been a common theme. What am I doing?

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Decisions, decisions.

I’ve worked in several industries; Airlines, Entertainment, Start-Up, Technology, Retail and Sports, just to name a few.

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 Jush pick one, you sch-un of a bish.

There comes a point where you have to decide, what is it that I enjoy most in life? Am I living?

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Are you?

So I seriously thought about it and came to a conclusion.

I love golf, I love Muskoka, I love being outdoors, I love helping people, I love different cultures around the world.

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I…..I love lamp.

This was the outline I needed for my plan. I began pushing ahead with a goal in mind.

To be able to live in Muskoka, to golf, help people, create, be in nature. To truly be excited for everyday I wake up. THIS IS LIVING!

The other half of my goal is to travel the world and learn from other cultures, that’s step two. I’ll update you on that later.

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Plan of attack.

I’m happy to say that I found somewhere that I get to do what I love, in stages. My first goal will be reached. My second goal is in the process of being reached. The ultimate goal is for personal growth beyond what I’ve experienced so far. Currently, I’m on track.

So I say, fuck it, do what you love. Take a leap of faith. I went for it. I got it. Now it’s your time.

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Barack’n it!

I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity and what the future holds. To be honest it’s odd to describe personal plans, especially to people whom I’ll never know if they’ve read this. But it excites me knowing that my  journey of growth and personal development holds value for others on their own journey to success. If someone is able to take something away from these words, gifs and sentences, then this whole initiative has succeeded.

If you’re inspired, motivated or even just having a change of perspective; this has served it’s purpose.

All in all

I get to wake up and not dread that alarm clock. I get to be around all things I love to do with a few other bonuses.

So what do I get to do more of. For one, wakeskate. Second, more golf. Third, waking up in Muskoka. Fourth, the ability to create (I’ll update you later on this one).

What do you want to do, what do you love? Well, go do it. Live your life, don’t just live a life. If I can do it, you certainly can too.

Below you’ll find Alan Watts, with an incredibly powerful video, posing the question, “What do you desire?” Take the time to enjoy this video. Reflect. It’s three (3) minutes long. Well worth it.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by, a pleasure as always.

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Growth 101: Comfortably Uncomfortable.

Growth 101: Comfortably Uncomfortable.

Comfort vs. Discomfort

Hello friends, hope you’re doing well. Toss on your swim suit because we’re diving in.

 

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Comfort-zone to discomfort-zone real quick.

There’s always change and flux in our lives that, in turn, we crave that safe feeling of comfort. When you take a moment to reflect on comfort versus discomfort, there are few thoughts that come to mind. In times of discomfort you’re forced to grow or learn in order to adapt to the situation.

Whether that’s learning how to socialise at networking events or even physically when you’re younger and experiencing growing pains. There is discomfort but from that discomfort comes strength, confidence and a distinct ability to endure. You’ve grown, you’ve become more.

“If you want something you’ve never had.
You must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”

-Thomas Jefferson

What does discomfort mean to you? Are you afraid of it?

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Anything that’s challenging the way you conduct yourself presently, forces you to adapt. You can choose to rise to the occasion or admit defeat and stay exactly where you are.

The choice is entirely yours.

The cliche comment is always to ‘step out side your comfort-zone.’

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I think the question is not whether we should step out, rather why aren’t we living outside of out. If you’re always uncomfortable, you’re growing. Like a tree, the faster you establish a firm foundation, your ability to rise will be greatly benefited.

“Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.”

Winston Churchill

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t have a place where you feel comfortable. I think it’s a balance, in my opinion having that comfort zone is equally important. Because if you’re always uncomfortable, it’s nice to have a place where you can reflect on what you’ve learned. If you’re going to be comfortable, make sure you’re using that time to reflect on the experiences of the uncomfortable. You’ll see more, know more and be more.

I leave you with this video. Enjoy. Reflect. Grow.

 

 

Thanks for dropping by, until next time. Cheers!