This is where you’ll hear all the off-topic, rant-worthy discussions including but not limited to topics on relationships, politics, sex, sports and rock n’ roll. Keep in mind, this is all opinion and nothing should be taken personal.

I’m not here to preach to the choir. Most of you that read my stuff get it. This is an outlet though, and I’m human… not everything is peachy. This stems from a bit of frustration I have had over the past well.. years, really. However, I had a good conversation with a really good friend today all about how authenticity and being absolutely vulnerable is a superpower that people fear taking ownership of. Not this guy.

I’m one that – I dunno – just feel it’s easier and way more cool being honest. Especially in consideration of the role I am in, typically looked up to as a source of knowledge, wisdom and the answers on how to pull through, be strong and stay positive – I’ll be the first to admit, I’m right there with you on seeking answers. I’m wicked human. I’m often in just as much of a tailspin as the next person. Often finding myself selling off things to make rent, buy groceries and dog food for my dog. Why? Series of poor financial decisions, poor judgement, poor financial education, poor control. I’m a disaster in some areas of my life. However, I’m proud of my mindset. Perspective changes outcomes. I’m an eternal optimist. And I’ll never change that. I will achieve big things.

I don’t confine myself to lanes. I read a quote from George Stroumboulopoulos the other day, check it out… follow this human on twitter and IG @strombo

Dawg2HrVwAAHqYj.jpg A lot of people, some, who feel they’re very close to me, just do not understand that part of my brain. My mind works in a special way, maybe some of you can relate to it. This is how I experience the thought process, my experience so don’t get hung up on the little things. These are just a few ways I live. Deemed successful or not, this is my creative mind and an explanation as to why I operate in the way that I do. Unfortunately, it’s ironic that the people that should read this won’t… but for those of you who do… pass it along. It’s helpful in understanding people that consider themselves artists, creators, musicians, authors or otherwise artsy and dreaming. Often times, these “dreamers” are the once that change the world.

  1. Say yes and then figure it out
    • Yup. This has definitely gotten me in a lot of shit financially speaking. However if I hadn’t taken risks without knowing the full outcome I wouldn’t be where I am today, good or bad. Rich or poor, I’m on a mission to improve the quality of life of the professionals in the music industry.
  2. Try everything at least once (with some exceptions. Don’t do drugs. We are talking experiences… and this flows into the next point)
    • Again, I tend to get distracted with things and find other things to move me further away from the end goal. As a creative, the fear of success is actually a reality. I don’t want to actually finish that song, finish that poem, finish that book… because then what? You know? From a creative’s mindset, the journey is what I really enjoy. Not the final project. That part sucks. That just means I have to face the music. It’s so much easier to just talk about the things I’m up to… you know? However, if you try a bunch of things, sure you’ll take some time… but much alike dating, you figure out what you’re meant to do. I’d rather do what I’m supposed to do in the world than hate my life waking up each day waiting for Friday, the vacation or bedtime.
  3. Do something that scares you!
    • If you’re only doing things that are in your wheelhouse, you’re only limiting yourself. Experience stuff that’ll expand your mind, expand your physical ability, expand your borders. Reach out and positively change some one else’s life.
  4. Absolutely own everything you do, good or bad.
    • You’ll feel empowered when you take control of your life. For example, let’s take your financial situation (believe me, I know… I’m working on turning that ship around). When you look at every situation you find yourself in and saying ” How is this situation completely 100% my fault?” good or bad.
  5. Say what you feel
    • Cut the passive aggressive BS out of your life and be direct. If you expect me to understand you better do a damn good job of explaining said thing. Otherwise, – well… what do they say about assuming things…

 

Thank you for reading. Please share this message. The more understanding and tolerance we give to others, the greater amount of respect between each other we’ll start to see. The funny thing about respect is that with generation gaps and value systems in the modern first world, older populations have a famed affinity with unconditional respect, regardless of whether or not it’s reciprocated. That’s right, respect your elders – even if they treat you like shit. They’re invincible. Well, I’m here to piss a few folks off, because they’re not invincible. They’re human. Just like me. Just like all of us, regardless of age, status, ethnicity, colour, gender, orientation… anything…

Let’s all just listen a little more and this world will fill up with love and respect in no time.

Peace and love, friends.

xoI am trying to hear you, but your actions are deafening

 

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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Ahhh. I know it’s out of schedule for me, but I JUST HAD TO TELL YOU!

My first episode is up. And damn, that was a thrill. I got over my fear of talking to myself in a room and just let things subconsciously flow. Check it out below.

Episode 1 “Thoughts + Action = Reality”

Here’s what we have on the PPLSKLZ Radio feature I’ve dubbed “The Symposium”:

Expect a new topic that’ll keep you a “dope soul” every Monday night.

Then, you can also expect every second Thursday starting up in February a new guest in studio. Not just anyone. These are individuals that are pure magic. I will be hosting athletes, musicians, entrepreneurs, artists and anyone else that is next level shit. These people light me up and inspire the room they’re in to a totally different world. These are true rock stars and my aim is to bring to the forefront these inspiring stories of adversity, challenge and success so we can have a collective of badassery and solid PPLSKLZ.

Again, here’s the pilot…

Episode 1 “Thoughts + Action = Reality”

Check it out! Let me know if you have any particular topics you’d like to discuss or if you have any impactful people in your life that I can get on the show to help others become better humans.

Use the form below or just tag me on social media @coach_schwartzy

 

Always Be Closing.

The phrase made famous by good ol’ Alec Baldwin (THE GREATEST ACTOR EVER!) in 1992’s classic, Glengarry Glen Ross might hold some weight still with regards to my recent revelations in mindset theory and how it plays on building a team.

First off, what team, right? I can’t just hear you now…”Mike, You’re self-employed. Sole proprietor. Let’s not get crazy here.” Well, I consider the folks I train, my athletes per se, as my team. I have worked incredibly hard at building a specific culture around the practices I teach to develop a consistent branding and foundational value system that is deeply rooted in my heart. Find it, own it and give it back. I am a man that wakes up each day with purpose in finding and serving myself and then my community and others around me to help them become the best versions of themselves and I am proud to say I have attracted a team of individuals that do the same. We are called Team Schwartz.

My aim in the post is to communicate how “closing” relates to the mission that Team Schwartz instils and hopefully in doing so, start to make you think a little bit about what your mission is and what steps you can be making right now in order to see it through.

I want to break this thing down to 3 key points to keep things from going off the rails…

  1. We’re all “snowballs”
  2. Our greatest obstacles are our own creative desires
  3. Taking action is the most important step

All right, let’s get into it.

Firstly, we’re all “snowballs…”

For my fellow Canadian readership, we know exactly what this is all about, but for those of you who have never had the opportunity to make a snowball, here’s the gist. Generally as a kid growing up in the balls-cold, sub-zero hellish winter that’s known to grace the beautiful province of Alberta, the one wintertime activity we’d all risk frostbite and hypothermia for was building snow forts and having snowball wars with our little tribe of friends. Pack a bunch of snow up in a ball and hurl it in the face of an unsuspecting sibling or adult and then duck and cover in the snow fort and hope like hell they didn’t see you. It was exhilarating! The greatest challenge came when you were asked to build an impressive, sizeable ball that could still be thrown accurately. Hence, my comparison to our human condition.

How could one just take snow, a inanimate piece of nature and wildly construct something that could be perceived as an agent of war. It had undergone alterations, embraced change and was now an instrument of war, on a blindside mission from your grip to that big, smug smiley target of your older sister’s face. How could one possibly dream that shit up?

We’re all on that mission. It just takes someone to come along and start to roll us up. As, Wes Knight states and I paraphrase him – “push that snowball up to the top of the hill, and then let gravity do the rest. (Wes is a former favourite professional MLS player turned favourite mindset/influencer/health & wellness podcaster I’ve recently immersed many listening hours into… find him here @WesleyTKnight)

It’s my belief that the first step to “closing” anything in life, is finding your big, bad “why”. Sometimes it takes something or someone, bigger to help you up that hill.

Second up.

Creative resistance is a bitch.

I’m going to Coles Notes this one for y’all. When “closing”, i.e.. getting something you have worked extremely hard for – in sales, it could be that big deal. In life, the man or woman of your dreams… it’s most often the damn thing that you want to attain that puts up the biggest amount of resistance in you achieving it. And what’s worse, it’s all your own doing! We as humans are not afraid to fail. Well, maybe sometimes we are. If we believe in failure. Which is a whole other debate I’ll get into next week maybe. No no, I challenge that position. We as humans are innately fearful of our own success. This principle is addressed in depth in one of my most favourite reads “The War Of Art”. (Please go read it here if you haven’t had the chance yet… it’s worth every penny if you’re into becoming the best version of yourself) Basically what I mean is that if our greatest accomplishment is to finish writing that novel one day, that one day theory will plague our minds and build a huge amount of resistance up to prevent us from completing that task! The task itself is its own Berlin Wall. And much like that wall, we need to deconstruct our theory of success and resistance and tackle our greatest fears head on.

Leading me to my final point…

Just jump.

You can worry about where you fall next time. If you don’t take action on your opportunity, if you sit on the sidelines and wait for the perfect play instead of just getting in there and mucking it up, you’ll never ever close. I’d much rather be in the game, injured, broken, bruised and hell, maybe even lose that game rather than sitting in the stands watching. Wouldn’t you?

Once you know your purpose, snowball , let go of your fears and roll with it. Taking action is the most important part of the process. It could literally make or break your shot at the gig, that beautiful waitress, that six figure contract… You’ll spend all your life screwing things up, so you might as well embrace that and just literally roll with it. You’ll have experiences when you commit. They might be great for you, they might challenge you. They might really piss you off and make you want to quit. But as I’ve learned, that entrepreneurial spirit in me that wants to Always Be Closing… well, persistence is in my blood and quit isn’t in my dictionary.

When God gives you lemons, you find a new God. Until then, Always Be Closing.

 

What the eff is up with New Years?

Too often I find that people can’t wait until the New Year to make changes. Be it, lifestyle – you know? Diet and exercise… “I’m going to work out!”… -cough, cough-

Or maybe they’re going to start a new ambition such as learning a new language or reading more or simply just devoting more of their time to friends. Whatever it is, I struggle to understand why the heck they need to wait for an arbitrary day in the calendar year to make the switch.

I am here to make one thing very, very clear.

Why wait to do what you can today, tomorrow?

People simply can’t wait for tomorrow, the new moon, next week, Friday…etc etc… and quite frankly, I’m sick of it. I’m certainly not saying I’m removed from it. I was that too, guilty as charged. However, over the course of some deep soul searching this season, reflective of my past two or three years, some friendships gained and strengthened, others completely written off, a thriving career in sport ripped away from me, forcing me into a ton of debt and sub-par living situations my health and my dog and a broken marriage and life that was completely flipped on its head – all these things due to events and circumstances out of my control. What have I learned? Well, even though things happen in life that may be completely out of your control, you’re in complete control of how you react to those situations. That mindset has been a game changer for me.

What’s this got to do with New Years? Well, if you’re still stuck on the “resolution” bus pay close attention. I have news – if you’re waiting for the new year, simply another day, an external force to help change your outcome, you’re being trolled along in the human condition.

Don’t fear failure… it’s only experience.

Set your own expectations each and every day. Build upon positive daily habits. Identify areas of weakness for you, address them, recognize them, but don’t focus energy on shit you’re no good at.Try hard at everything you do and don’t worry about missing the mark. Mistakes happen. Treat each one of them as a lesson, an area to learn and grow from. I believe that if you’re not making mistakes you’re not trying hard enough. Don’t fear being wrong. It’s okay. Basically nothing in life except driving into oncoming traffic is irreversible. And, whether you admit it or not, 9 times out of 10 you have a choice. Even when you think you don’t… you do. As my pops told me when I started playing some serious stick-puck, “don’t wait for things to happen, make them happen. That’s something I live by.

Be active, eat well and keep your head straight. Without all three in top performance you are not at your true maximum capability. And even then… you probably aren’t. That’s okay, because lifestyle is about progress. It’s not all about perfection.

While my holidays have been a rather difficult time, managing the past and doing my absolute best to quell the depression and maintain some sense of inner peace, I have got one thing to be incredibly thankful for: my health. Without an able body I wouldn’t had the ability to help my friends move. Without proper fuel in the machine I wouldn’t be able to get up with energy to think of ways to afford life and drive forward though all the adversity, and without time to myself each morning and evening I wouldn’t have had the strength in my mind to persist. It’s amazing to have a few close friends and family stick by my side, many people don’t know what it’s like to battle mental illness and hell, often times we don’t even know we are waging that war ourselves! I’m happy to say I’ve conquered it, but little bits this time of year seep back in like when a shitty ex-girlfriend’s CD she lent you 4 years ago pops up on shuffle just when you were over it… that’s basically where I’m at right now.

-spoiler alert, cryptic spoiler alert…-

Sure, I might have to sacrifice a little in order to help grow an empire behind the scenes, but I figure that’s a small price to pay short-term in the long-term game of life. There’s always a choice and I’m choosing to do things the right way in order to be able to come back to my goals as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Takeaway – keep your health as your priority. At the end of the day, it’s the only thing you’re taking with you when you leave this place so make sure it’s a finely tuned machine. Sure, I have a ton of cool things that are happening in the upcoming few months, but they wouldn’t have been there had I told myself “Tomorrow”. I was proactive. I encourage you to be proactive too and toss the resolution mantra aside in favour of just building on what you’ve got and progressing daily. One step at a time. So, hi 2017 – you’re nothing special. You’re another day. I’m still going to work just as hard each and every day, and you’re not the reason I’m going to be successful. I am.

On that note. I want to take my puppy, Darwin for a walk. We stayed in ate pizza and a beer and watched the Flames for New Years. Today we walk and hang out. He’s my bud. Do what you love and love what you do. Puppies are great examples…

Make today your absolute best! Become a better human, TODAY!

K, sweet, good chat.

SCHWARTZ

The perfect cup starts out the same for everyone. Empty. It’s then up to you to choose how you fill it, if you choose to fill it at all. I choose to fill mine with a cocktail of sorts: Love, laughter, support, confidence, and conversation. 

Tonight was one of the best nights of my life, let alone one of the best Christmas Eves ever. Tonight I got to feed and comfort my wee niece, Brielle, and laughed, high-fived, played hockey, smiled and made goofy faces with my 2 year old kid nephew “Zaneroo”. I smiled harder more tonight than I think I have ever done in my life. I got to help my mom with dinner and then after gifts, (we are German … it’s tradition to open gifts on Christmas Eve) I was able to help to set up my dads work station ergonomically so his posture can start to be addressed. All of this solidified two things: one – I want to be a father for sure. Two – I want to be there for my kids every step of the way. 

Love, laughter & support

What I mean by being here for ’em comes back to the cup. I’m don’t have a lot of money, but I’m certainly not poor by any means. When you get to play hockey with your nephew while he runs around like a wild man and you can see the love for life in his eyes and then you get to hold his baby sister and she just stares at you with unbelievable trust and love… you just forget about all of your problems, you know? You never get to experience that kinda shit again. It’s nice to be a part of it. If not for you, for them. 
Confidence

So I guess the lesson here is that. Set your shit aside, and understand that you are completely able to overcome all obstacles in your way of achieving happiness. Yes, some have more obstacles than others, and I won’t deny that. But it all comes down to choice. 

Conversation

I wouldn’t miss these years and these moments with family for the world. You only get Christmas Eve once a year, and you only get so many years before it’s all gone anyways. Sure, new traditions can work too.. I’m all for forward thinking, but I remember how great it was to look at both my father and my mother and tell them “Santa got my list!!” It was just complete with everyone there, you know? 

I am the proudest uncle ever tonight. I really connected with both my niece and my nephew. I am so glad I decided to leave work at home, drive out to the farm, and spend quality time with amazing little humans and part of my family. 

When it comes to family, there’s no such things as being “too motivating”, laughing too much, or having “me time”. I seriously can’t wait to have a family of my own and be able to take in all the little things. I want to be a part of their tender years. 

I fill my cup to the brim! What are you going to do? What’s your perfect cup?

Call me Santa.

Christmas has come early – I am happy to announce my gift to you  – pick your program, your place and your price. Online, in person, doesn’t matter, you pick the price. Whatever you feel it’s worth, whatever you feel you can manage. But I’m only taken on the most eager to take charge of their health.

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