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
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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.

 

So we’re coming up to the close down of 2017.

All things come back full-circle.

Past predicts the future.

It’s all just information.

 

Remember these points.

 

I’ve had some incredible opportunities this past year. Started the year with a huge accomplishment. I wrote my first book. It’s called “The Musician’s Guide To Surviving The Rock Star Lifestyle”. Start reading it for free: http://a.co/a8zSHGB

I did that in prep to a huge opportunity I received to be a part of the Mentor’s Cafe at Canadian Music Week.

And that went incredibly well.

Around the same time as I was locking that down, I landed a position with a company that provided an amazing perspective on a multitude of levels of my career and development and essentially my calling in life. It confirmed I was in my own lane, and this was the outside lane. The fast lane.

Not to sound conceded, however, not too many people can keep up with my pace. That isn’t always an advantage, as I’m often met with disappointment because of high, high hopes falling flat.

Fast forward to June – round two of some serious depression.

And everything I just wrote relates back to those three points.

  1. All things come back full-circle.
  2. Past predicts the future.
  3. It’s all just information.

 

I could have smelled the mental instability coming from a mile away. However, I buried it like I’ve done in the past. See? It came back full-circle. (However – I had another bout recently and figured out how to nip it in the bud… so I’m learning.)

MusicFit has launched. Almost officially.

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We have a wicked fun launch party January 13, 2018. Aptly timed. As it marks one year exactly that I was confirmed for the delegates pass at Canadian Music Week.

Check out the official press release…

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Get your tickets here –

https://www.eventbrite.ca/edit?eid=41293466871

Oh, I wrote an album of music. It’s in most of my promo music in my instagram videos or the early episodes of my podcast. Oh yeah… and I started a rad podcast. Check it out here if you haven’t already. ——> Podcast

And I started doing drum covers. I love music. Check it. 

Also. I think this is Sweet.

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The original group is back for the balance of 2017. wearethesweets.com

I really believe this group will make it. I want to make it with them. It’s just a different place I go when we’re playing. A buddy of mine said this the first time he ever saw me play drums for The Sweets, “You look like you’re having so much fun.”

And I am.

Amazing how so much can happen in just one year.

Full-circle. Put it out there. It will happen. Don’t take things personally. Don’t take them as wins or losses. Take them as just simple information on how to improve 1% the next time you’re faced with a similar situation.

Oh, also – Darwin is doing great. He says hello.

Here’s what the whole point of the Coles notes of my life in 2017 is.

I’m going to put forward a challenge for anyone that feels up for changing their lives for the better. You really can draw the things you want closer to you and make them more accessible. I won’t say that you can just think positive thoughts and they happen, you still gotta do the pushups… but envision what you want and it’ll happen. The universe is funny like that.

So here’s my 2018 goals. Publicly announced for you all to check in next year.

  • Start writing my 4th book, topic: a Mother Mother biography focusing on their rise, challenges with abuse, relationships and emotions. Working title “Climbing the Monkey Tree”.
  • CMW Panel Presentation and book signing
  • Yoga certification in June in India
  • Record with Garth
  • Learn to art
  • write another album
  • publish book 3 – the diary compilation of the depressed creative
  • Long-McQuade Store Tour
  • BreakOut West
  • Get office space/partnership with NMC
  • Have the band house
  • Australian Music Week presentation and panel

That should do, right?

So whoever is up for the challenge, post your goals. There can be one, three or ten. Whatever is good for you. Whatever is going to push you. I’m by no means perfect. I have slipped up. I also know that if I don’t write down what I want, I haven’t even given myself the chance to reach for it.

So – reach.

Manifest that shit.

Thanks for reading.

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As I stand here, warming up in the bomby -2.5C Calgarian November morning, I look around to see nothing but open park, glorious cityscape and a few tourists over the stairs at Crescent Heights. The same stairs that the team and I meet every Sunday, at 11:07.

Not this Sunday though. I was the lone wolf.

I heard lots of inquiries, lots of interest, some were unfortunately sick and others had previous engagements and that’s all fine. I’m okay if you don’t show up. I have zero influence on what people prioritize until they see what health and wellness will do for them.

Ironic because most of the excuses I hear revolve around “I’m tired, I’m gonna sleep in, I’ve been working nights, I’m getting sick, I have no time for that…” which all stem from the root of why you should be joining me every Sunday at 11:07!

I don’t do this because I like it all the time. I do it because I know the alternative of depression, anxiety, poor conditioning, sickness, lethargy, zero motivation, ambition and the feeling of insecurity far outweighs the shitty 35:07 of a little hard breathing, muscle soreness and pounding heart. Yeah. I show up.

I’d encourage you to do the same the next time you say you will. Physically and mentally. At the end of the day, you’re only letting yourself down.

I did my reps.

Attention all drummers!

Try this one out before your next rehearsal and unglue your shitty forearms.

Here’s what to do.

1. Grab a LAX ball, or a tennis ball to start cause this can get NASTY.

2. Hang you wrist off of a counter or over your snare.

3. Roll the ball over your forearm, up close to the elbow.

4. Find the spot that sings like Shakira and hold it!

5. Make a fist. Try not to cry. 👶

6. Relax, open your fist and repeat all the way down closer to the wrist.

HIYA! Take that, wrist pain.

I’ve got some more books to help you on the road with exercise and nutrition if you’re the career-minded musician. First three to comment below and tag their band get a FREE e-copy. 🤘

🎶 by The Heist – “Let it Go”

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeP8bF4NNmv_HqkcHfrtNgA

‘Til next time, stay sweet.

Seriously. I want you to imagine what exactly it is that’d define you as a broken mess. A friend of mine described her 20% as the Enterprise after a crippling fight and all auxiliary power has been diverted to the life support systems. So what’s 20% worse than that?

If you’re feeling like you have no time, feeling overwhelmed, feeling like everything is coming down on you at once you are one of many that I would strongly encourage away from the “scarcity-mindset”. The feeling that you “have not”. Rather, lets get abundant and “have a lot”.

Scarcity is bullshit. And I will not apologize for that. We are completely capable of two streams – positive or negative. Every reaction is going to fall under one of those two.

Let’s check this theory out. I’m going to use the example I see most often in the gym, kitchen and generally with regards to goal setting and personal development. I see a lot of folks quit before they even start. It’s too far away. “It” being their ideal world. Ideal body. Ideal look…etc..etc… Unfortunately, we don’t consider ideal mindset right off the hop.

I come back to the title. What’s your zero? What’s the absolute worst thing that you could possibly be? (asides from dead, or maybe.. that is your zero…) Once you figure that out, how much better you are right now? It could be 20% 5% 75%… anything. It’s your number. And it’s meant to be subjective. Base it off of your feelings, your energy, your strength and your vitality.

Get a number yet?

Good.

Now, focus on better yourself 1% each day.

Even if you’re 20%, hell – 10%. That’s only 90 days away. A little less intimidating, right?

Give yourself the time to build things on a daily basis. Be gentle on yourself. Focus on the behaviours. Don’t worry about the end game. It’ll happen if you put the work in each day and work to improve yourself by just 1% each day. Progress. Not perfection.

Focus on one step at a time rather than that whole staircase. You got it.

 

So I guess I have a bit of a series going on here about booze and its (possibly negative) effects on lifestyle. This week I have heard one recurring statement from numerous people close to me in my life. “I’m just going to relax with [insert name and quantity of choice alcohol] and stay in tonight/watch TV/forget about the day. But how much of that statement is truth? I am going to put forth a question to all of you readers out there tonight. What is the deal with our societal acceptance that alcohol will help us to relax?

Fact: Alcohol has both stimulant and sedative properties. However, it can be argued that the aggression, increased heart rate, motor slowing and cognitive impairment are all tied to the stimulant side of things¹. So if the science shows us that the alcohol is stimulating, why do we still “relax with a bottle of wine?” A million people can’t all be wrong, right?There must be some truth to this and I’m going to argue that the sedative effects of alcohol are a more of a subjective finding, in that – we have “feelings” and “emotions” tied to our use of booze. Before all you haters jump me in the alley for saying you’re crazy for thinking that booze is making you relax, I am certainly not taking away from the legitimacy of subjective perspectives. Hell, as some of you may recall, I’m in the middle of conducting a research project that is actually studying the subjective worth of exercise. (Check that out here!)

I do see the value in how our thoughts shape our actions in the simple fact that what we think can become our reality.. however, we also need to recognize that the science doesn’t lie. That stuff isn’t subjective. It’s a cold hard fact that alcohols stimulant properties will actually increase your heart rate and causes vasoconstriction, the narrowing of blood vessels. So no, you’re not relaxing because you are physically putting your body under stress. Stress is something that will keep you up and not let you sleep. or relax. End of story.

But alas, society will continue to unwind with booze. Maybe the mind is more powerful than we let ourselves believe..? Until the next episode… have a cup of herbal tea to relax. That shit is science. Make it hibiscus and grape so you get the wine feel… you know, cause it’s the grapes that are good for your heart anyways. 😉

 

¹http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21560041