This thought brought to you by nearly 12 years of hardship, trials and tribulations and a ton of goofing up along the way and figuring shit out the hard way. Think about this one for a hot minute. Our social support system is critical to determining whether or not we keep on pushing through with goals and aspirations or if we give up. Do you really want it? Do you like the idea of wanting it? I’ll use my experience as an example, please let me know if you can relate…

I have spent so much time in my own space, developing my craft, fighting to be heard, struggling – really struggling. Some people, often closest to me have told me to give up. Others call me stubborn, or even just plain stupid. It’s not like that to me. It’s not a choice. I would rather wonder where my paycheque was and continue to make positive impact in the lives of others than go work for some company and build their dream. I truly don’t know what I’d be doing if I was not a catalyst for lifestyle change in others’ lives.

I’ve had a lot of time to think about the next thing, the next way to inspire to the masses, another promotional strategy to communicate my message …the list goes on and on… it’s really quite a thing for me. My overactive mind still sometimes gets the best of me and I find myself reeling these extravagant thoughts and dreams of creativity and purpose in so that it’s fuel to the fire. But at times, it goes unnoticed. Actually, I feel like most often it goes unnoticed. That’s okay though, except for when it crosses a certain line. I am human and emotions do play a role.

More often than not, I’m the butt of most insensitive jokes. What’s batshit crazy about that, is that the jokes come from people you wouldn’t expect. Just little shots from those on the sidelines, not really sure what I’m doing behind the scenes and clearly not in tune with how the words they speak may affect others around them.

“Will you pay me in exposure.”

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This is a real example from a real person in my life. A person I would have in the past called a friend. Harmless or not, the demeaning nature of this comment temporarily derailed my train from the tracks of my greater purpose. It was like a callous shot in the arm. A sting from a wasp. Albeit temporary, I’m not going to die (thank the heavens I learned this past summer that I’m not allergic to stings!) it still hurts like hell.

Why?

Because it’s from the perspective of an individual closer to me (although now that could be argued) than a random person. A person that knows (some of) my story and has seen my growth, seen my shortcomings and been there on the path for some of it. They were not alongside me shoulder to shoulder, but ironically enough I met this person and had a positive impact on their lifestyle. Typical me, years ago we met and  I provided my professional services to incorporate wellness into a lifestyle darkened by poor nutrition, alcoholism and inactivity, stress and so on and so forth…. So the comment itself bamboozles me. And feel free to use that word when given the opportunity this week. It’s under-utilized. Anyway, I know my value and was miffed by the lack of discretion. I felt like calling them out with something like:

“Hello, we got on so well because we learned from each other in times of critical need. Now you want to dismiss the work that I do because of whatever insecurities or predisposed commentary you have about my business practices…”

I did throw fire back, unapologetically – as this wasn’t the first time this individual made the exact same discerning comment. I laughed it off the first time, something like 6 months ago… but once the knife is in and turned a couple times around it’s hard to not take things personally… you know?

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However, today as I look back on it, I have let that shit go. It was not a personal attack against me. Who knows what the people around us are going through. They could be just reacting and projecting a story they have in their head about you. And that brings me finally, to my main point. Ta da! See? Full circle…

The people we hold closest to us in our personal lives have a story they’ve built up about us. So no matter what you accomplish professionally, no matter how much experience you gain in your field, you’ll always be “sonny”, “baby brother” or “one of the boys”, “daddy’s girl” the “party girl” or “wild child” or whoever you were to them when they met you.

You’ll only become a prophet once you leave your hometown.

 


 

Now, for those of you wondering what the heck I was getting flack on Facebook about anyway, I actually made a calling for an IT/Web design tech savvy person to bounce some ideas and see what they would recommend for a project I’ve been working at for a while; my new online store. I am prepared to hire the right person as web design, though I can do it – is not a great use of my time. I’d prefer to have someone much more in love with it and proficient to get it done right and with the same kind of passion as I bring to my clients.

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This is what the comment above was in response to… the backstory is that in our industry trades of services and “promises of fame” often act in lieu of monetary compensation. So I felt that comment delegitimized my credibility and assumes I wouldn’t flat out hire someone to do the job. Not the case at all. Se la vie… 

Turns out for the time being anyway I don’t need to hire anyone on. I was able to figure things out and get the coding done DIY style so now all of you can check out the products and services I offer to musicians, via remote coaching, webinars and soon to be released, E-Programs.

That’s right, I’ve got a few introductory exercise workout programs and stretch techniques that I’ve built and can’t wait to release to help people conveniently take care of themselves at home with proper instruction!

For now, online coaching services and free weekly webinars – if you’re interested in checking it out, please head to the MusicFit Collective New Online Store at

—–> musicfit.yondo.com

The first webinar is set to help explain what kind of exercises are best for you in The Musician’s Guide To Working Out and I’d love to see you there.

Until next time,

Namaste sweet!

M

 

Featured image by Joshua Alfaro on Unsplash

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Learn to shut shit down. Just because Bob wasted his weekend and ran short on meeting the deadline for the teams proposal does not mean you have to stay late or come in early to accommodate his flounder.

How many of us have been there before?

The challenge with more and more decent human beings is not taking on other people’s shit before taking care of ourselves. I’ve done that. I’ve had clients screw up their schedule and then catch myself saying it’s cool and I’ll come in on their convenience the following day.

But I’m here to tell you flat out that when you play the long game, that doesn’t work out. You will not be successful when you put everyone else first before you. So effin’ stop already.

Here are 3 Pro Tips To Get More of What You Want

  1. Become a “yes” man or woman – Saying no, and nah, and all these negative things not only hurts your shots at getting asked things, but it’s also super emotionally draining. Learn to say “yes” to everything. It’s just a conditional “yes”. (i.e.. Boss asks you to stay late to finish up a project.. rather than saying no because eff that noise you have plans and like hell you’re going to be caught dead staying working a minute later.. use it as ammo; “Yes, but I’ll have to take Monday morning off next week…”) This way you stay positive by not using conflict language (see Procabulary.org for more on that), you please your boss and you usually get something rad out of it. It’s negotiation skills 101 and you should learn those stat.
  2. The art of saying “Not right now…” (i.e.: Friend has a project you told them you would edit before submitting it to work, but they ask you to edit it Sunday night when you have family plans insisting it’s due in the morning. You say, not right now because you’re with family and had previous engagements and you specifically asked for it by Saturday…it’s not your problem they couldn’t get the punctuality down… “Not right now” eases the pressure off of you and allows them to choose the next action. Wait until you can actually help ( yes that means take care of your shit first) or let them have a go at it themselves.
  3. Surround yourself with awesome. You’re the product of the 5 people you’re around the most. If you’re the brightest bulb in the room, find a new room.

Alright, short and sweet. That takes care of things again. I’m going to leave you all with a quick survey that I’m conducting for the music industry and if things like this success coaching kind of stuff (blogs, videos and the like – education) in the areas of health and wellness typically forgotten about the music industry are actually in demand. So if you happen to play music, or know someone who does, please share this link with them https://goo.gl/forms/8DIJO1ozziah04y82

I am collecting data for my new online platform that will reach musicians worldwide and give them full access to tons of world-class information and education from experts in the health and wellness industry across the world. I just need to know what kinda things I should be gathering and what kind of services to offer for the collective.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated,

Until next time,

Namaste sweet!

 

Especially when we have it right in the palm of our hands, everything just happens so quickly. But I’m firm in my belief (which has no correlation to truth) that if you’re feeling comfortable… you can move faster.

This weekend I made great strides and I’d like to talk briefly about how I set my intentions since I last wrote in an effort to help you use the next 7 days of 2018 to shape the remainder of the year for yourself. Let’s add more depth to the vision. More tangible goals to reach and most importantly, let’s identify the key players of your team. I call this, process “trimming the fat”.

What is “the fat”? (in business and success coaching, that is)

Fat is extra energy (sometime useless) energy. It can be good for a burst of distraction in the right setting, but generally speaking, fat will slow you down. It can be full of energy, but that energy typically pulls you away from your end goals. Distractions.

Fat also houses a metric shit tonne of toxins. Bad energy. No nutrients. Just cancer-ridden tissue that will ultimately poison you, slowly.

Top 5 Fats to Trim From Your Life If You’re Serious About Success

  1. Facebook, Instagram and the rest of the social media gamut – Put your phone away and listen up. Actually make an effort to designate particular hours to be on your social media accounts checking the latest tweets. Otherwise, invest in self-control or look into a focus app (like Stay Focused for Chrome users, or Hey Focus for safari users). There’s a bunch of stuff out there and research shows productivity in the workplace is at an all time low, so don’t become a statistic. Stay driven!
  2. Poor diet – If you’re feeling lethargic it’s likely a by product of your poor lifestyle. Carefully examine the fuel you’re putting into yourself and see how much of it is “real”. Your first clue is does it have a label? If your answer’s yes, you’d better start connecting the dots… Eating real food will help you get the right nutrients to the body and mind and keep your energy up and uselessness down. Boom. However, it’s also important to know how much to eat. Without getting too picky, this is a great way to measure out food. If you need a little help with how much of what you need on your plate, I can help you with that as part of my Precision Nutrition Coaching. Here’s a rad diagram for you to keep when you wanna take that 10oz steak down. Keep in mind you’re not a lion. Unless you are. Then carry on and feed the pride.  screen-shot-2017-01-16-at-12-47-36-pm
  3. Relationships – AKA “Energy Vampires”. These people suck – quite literally – the life of you. Ever had a conversation with someone and you leave feeling exhausted? I have. Yeah, they need to go. Like, now. You are on your way to bigger and better things so you have to cut the dead weight that is holding you back and draining you of physical, emotional and psychological energy. Ever heard the expression “You’re the Sum of the 5 people you’re around the most?” While that’s pretty accurate, you’re also responsible to the beliefs that you hold. So the 5 beliefs you have (i.e.: you have to talk to so and so because they’re family/life-long friend/ girlfriend is a story you’ve been telling yourself. If that relationship only serves you in a negative headspace, you gotta cut ties.
  4. Your conflict language (victim/blame game) – Practice ownership of every situation you’re ever in. I just taught a Musician Wellness course based off of my first book “The Musician’s Guide To Surviving The Rock Star Lifestyle” last week and when we got to the mindset section on the third night, the biggest takeaway for the class was that they’re usually completely responsible for all the shittiest things in their life and when they thought about it, they were also in complete control of how to rectify that situation and get the ship back on course. It starts with owning your language. Listen to a  two part chat I had with Mark England, Co-Founder of Procabulary in Season 2 of the SchwartzCast if you’re interested in the power of words —> behaviour —> action. Listen here. Subscribe to my Podcast on iTunes or Google Play.
  5. Sitting – Seriously one of the most cancerous fats you could possible exist in your world. If you’re sitting for more than 60% of your day, you’re slowly committing suicide. The compression of your spine, tendency to roll shoulders, slouch, tip your head forward, disengage your muscles in your back, butt and legs etc… The list goes on… are all huge factors that seriously cramp your postural style and thus need to go. Stat. Try getting up every 15 minutes or so and having a little stretch or meet Bob at the water cooler every 30 min for a high five. You know he’s good for it. Bob loves high fives. Check out a personal favourite of mine, Kelly Starrett at www.mobilitywod.com for a hundred more reasons why you shouldn’t be sitting. If you are right now, get up and walk around a bit. Seriously… I’ll wait….

still waiting….

You good?

Get a stretch in?

Good.

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So I took a serious look at these areas in my list on Thursday night and set an intention (with help from a major player in my life, Janis Isaman – check her out) to earn money every day. Since setting that and affirming it, and having Janis message me her grand successes, kept me on the straight and narrow each day since.

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Another major help was a new friend, Mr. Mike Little, Producer, Songwriter and Studio Musician. Now, this dude is a heavyweight in the Canadian music scene. He’s probably played on more records than you’ve even listened to.

He’s a monster.

He’s been so kind to really add some business acumen to my company’s vision as well, and I’d like to close with that and how you could be a part of helping to create great music.

I’m in phase one of research. If you are a musician, even just dabble away at guitar, weekend warrior, used to sing, want to get back at it, I’m asking for your help.

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I’m setting up a platform that will connect all musicians with unlimited, tailored access to world-class resources from leaders in the health and wellness world. We’re talking content, services, information, education, remote coaching, live events.. you name it… all to help bring to life musician wellness.

I’m just working out the kinks, because I am going to do this right. So here’s where you come in.  I’d really appreciate it if you shared this link with every musician you know. Music has no borders and neither does MusicFit Collective: a resource pool of health and wellness service providers aimed to educate the entire music industry in all things proactive health. Please take a peek and share, share, share. It’s a dream of mine to make health education accessible to my music industry peers. Your support is appreciated.

here’s the link: https://goo.gl/forms/7TjjP1WBMW80ypjc2

If you’re down, please share the shit out of that.

Until next time, stay sweet,

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Ps. If you’d like to check my book out, you can start reading it for free on amazon.ca here

I guess I was “too busy”, hyper active with productivity to notice the energy shift.

It came when I was teaching a Musician Wellness course at Long-McQuade. I was teaching energy work, and how to focus your thoughts and channel an “energy ball”. This is typically only something you can do when you have an abundance of energy that needs to release. Clearly, I had that…. I felt like I had a basketball between my hands…

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The result?

Back in my lane. Full throttle.

The Power of Ownership, Positivity and The Greater Good

What a way to wrap things up tonight. Mindset: The True Power of Ownership, Attitude and the Greater Good. There is so much to this topic it was super challenging to fit it into two hours! Huge shout out to @longandmcquade Calgary North for the awesome venue and support for the music community, and to all those that attended, thank you. It was great to get to know each of you and I’m very excited to stay in the loop and see how you implement your key takeaways. If you are feeling bold and took the course (or even if you didn’t) I’d encourage you to comment one key action you’re going to implement RIGHT NOW to start to turn around the one thing that’s limiting you from your best self. I know, heavy. We got this! Tag a friend that needs the kick too. We are a collective, after all @musicfithq • • • #lifecoach #musicfit #nutrition #mindset #movement #longandmcquade #musicianwellnessyyc #life #love #live #laugh #attitude #rad #raditude #groove #movement #groovement #pineappleguacamole #yoga #bodhitreeyoga #stretch #relax #fitness #drums #speaker #guitar #whiplash #calgary #yyc #localmusic #fitnessyyc

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You see, our bodies harbour emotional turmoil, negative stressors and physiological trauma in the weirdest ways. We bury them, deep within our thoughts and until we allow ourselves to visit these thoughts, we don’t truly get well. Oftentimes, I’ve helped to guide people that were so numb from the emotional wreckage they’d put on themselves (usually from years of self-neglect couple with traumatic experiences) that they didn’t even feel anything until days after. Like a car wreck. Or legs day with me. 😉

I’ve been fortunate enough to have around me a world-class support system, and I encourage you to pick and choose who you are around. And more importantly, what you believe. While most of us have heard the cliche saying “you’re the product of the 5 people you’re around the most”, I challenge you (and heard reiterated by a mentor of mine, JP Sears, that it’s even more powerful to recognize that you’re the sum of the 5 beliefs you’re around the most.

What a whirlwind of expression, abundance and gratitude. That’s only the first 48 hours of the MFHQ (check the Collective out here as we are going through some major changes to bring to you, the music industry an unbelievable service that’s been laying dormant for quite some time). We can all write, we can all train, we can all know “that guy”. I’m just the host of the party.

I said it tonight. it doesn’t so much matter who you know. Rather, I have found in my experience (which counts for a lot these days) “who knows you” matters much, much more.

Authenticity shines and someday we’ll find it.

Keep being real. Keep being silly. Keep the fire warm. Keep your stick on the ice.

2 Pro Tips to Create Space

  1. Let go of anything physical or emotional that’s holding you back – you must release. Forgive yourself for the past, let go of your thoughts and belief systems that chain you to a ball. Anything that devalues you, part ways with. Sometimes this can be represented by physical moments, memories, gifts and things that connote negative energy just by being around you. These things must leave. Bye bye.
  2. Same with relationships. These are sometimes the hardest parts to cut because your belief system has triggered an auto-response. Fun Fact – Beliefs are completely non truthful. Eat your hat.

Food For Thought

What’s one action you can take right now to change something in your life that only brings you down?

Write it down. Do it.

Thanks for reading,

Namaste sweet!

-M

Ps.

If you’re ready to get started and address the demons send me a note and we’ll set up a 15 minute Skype Life Coaching call, complimentary. You can also pre-register here for my next Online Coaching Webinar on the topic of Goalsetting to save 20%.

I’ll be doing that Sunday, January 21 at 7pm MST – save the date…

Let’s get some positive vibes riding those waves… mike@mikeschwartz.ca

…Where are you in terms of your ideal self? Think lifestyle-wise: fitness, nutritional habits, physical appearance, sleep patterns, energy through out the day…etc.

Where are you on that scale?

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This is a cool practice I like to take with people that are new to my coaching to help put some perspective in their lives. Here’s the thing; a lot of people I start working with come to me to fix their problems. To shut off their mind and just do. And while I get that, that really doesn’t hold a lot of weight long-term. It’s not addressing the behaviours that got them to the point on the scale in the first place. If we truly want to correct lifestyle issues, we need to start at the source.

So, what number are you?

To borrow a practice I picked up in Precision Nutrition coaching curriculum, take that number and subtract it from 100.

There.

Now you only have ______ days until you’re at your ideal self if you focus only on improving 1% each day.

Perspective is interesting, isn’t it?


If you’re interested in learning more about how you can help change your mindset, attitude and behaviours to help increase your quality of life I have a couple options for you:

  1. For those of you in Calgary, Alberta – I’m hosting an interactive 3-day workshop geared specifically to help you improve your quality of life. While this workshop is geared to musicians and the music industry, it is an open invite to anyone to come and learn. The stuff I teach is applicable in just about anyone’s day to day livelihood. Here’s the link if you’re interested. ——> https://www.long-mcquade.com/news/3081 $149 for all three nights. Movement on Tuesday, Nutrition on Wednesday and Thursday we tackle Mindset. You get a copy of my first book as the text and you save $149 on any coaching with me upon registration. It’s a pretty sweet deal and you’ll be able to do so many more high kicks per performance.
  2. If you’re not in the Calgary area but would still like to work on curbing poor lifestyle habits and bringing that number up on the scale, check into my online coaching services. You get a comprehensive exercise and nutrition program that I tailor to your goals with the help of Precision Nutrition. Sleep better, have more energy to play with the kids and feel more confident every day with the year long curriculum. Make 2018 the year to become the greatest version of yourself yet. Just email me at mike@mikeschwartz.ca and we’ll get some more info and the specifics of what you’re looking to do.

I’d love to field some more questions and help direct you to some of my favourite resources and other health professionals so reach out and share this read with your friends and family if it resonates with you.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, namaste sweet!

 

“I dunno.”

The only words to escape my empty mind at the time. Fast forward to a couple nights ago. Similar in approach to a tee.

“I dunno.”

See, human beings are fascinating creatures. Oftentimes we tend to think about all the things at the end of the road. Meanwhile, we have missed the beauty of the turns, the hills and the coastal view all along the way.

It’s right in front of you.

But only when you’re ready will your eyes clear the fog and let you see for yourself.

And that’s okay.

We’ve got all the time in the world. It just likes to chase us.

Thanks for listening, namaste sweet.

Goodnight. 😚

-ms

Let’s revisit a favourite theory of mine…

Step by step, progress over perfection, how ever you want to think about it – the basic theory is the same. Behaviours translate to results, good or bad.

Outcome Versus Behaviour

Let’s examine New Years and the classic resolution. Let’s say you want to lose 15 pounds. Okay. That’s an awesome outcome based goal. However, it’s unattainable without measurable steps to take week in, week out.

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Instead of just hoping and wishing the weight away, here’s how you would ensure those 15 pounds disappear.

Three measurable behaviour goals to ensure successful outcomes:

  • Try to have vegetables with at least 2 meals per day
  • Eat your meals slowly
  • Be mindful when you’re eating, as in – think about your food, how it tastes, textures, have a conversation with the people around you. And for God sakes put the cell phone down.

Check in at the end of two weeks. Track these three goals daily and see how many days in a row you can do them. Don’t worry if you’re not batting .1000 – what did we say about progress at the top of it all?

The goal of losing weight is just one easy outcome based goal that’s quite popular in my line of work, however, you can take this model to just about everything you do in order to set and achieve bigger and way more badass goals. Remember these key points and you’re ready to rock any obstacle:

Set an outcome: What you want to do, get, lose, accomplish…

(ex. Quit drinking)

POSITIVELY AFFIRM IT…

(ex. “I WILL quit drinking.”)

Set behaviours that will set you up to succeed…

(ex. Offer to be the designated driver when your friends go out to the bar)

Continue to repeat the positive affirmations and you’ll find that it gets easier to put yourself in situations and carry out positive behaviours that affect the outcome.

Win-win-win.

Okay, now you gotta go out and set something up for today. Why wait for tomorrow?

If you’re interested and in the YYC, I’m holding a clinic for musicians that will address goal setting and stress management. Get all the details here – https://www.long-mcquade.com/news/3081

Thanks for listening.’Til next time, stay sweet.