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

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Have you ever held on to something and felt like you were out of control? Like it was just out of reach… Ever so slowly, slipping out of your hands?

I thought I would feel that for the first time last week as I held on to my Omi’s hand as she lay motionless, helpless in her hospital bed in Cold Lake, Alberta. I did my best to pull out the golden-boy grandson routine of sheer comedic relief, but truth be told it was all a defence mechanism for me. I’ve never really experienced an up-close and personal encounter with the imminent signs of death and a loved one before. I mean, kind of back in 2010 when my dad ended up in the hospital over night from an aortic aneurysm. But hell, my now ex and I just showed up that Sunday morning by his bedside as he came to from the anaesthesia of post-surgery. It wasn’t as real as holding on to a hand that you’ve known all your life to give you all the support and love you could handle as a child. To hold on to that and to fear the moment when that grip finally slipped away… that was real. That, ironically is life.

However, I didn’t experience it.

My apparent good-willed humour and the presence of other loved ones such as my mother must have given Omi a renewed lease on life. A reminder as to why she was still kickin’. At 86 years old, she’s had one helluva time through the thick and the thin alongside my Opa, who is quite possibly the greatest man on this planet. Sure, they squabble, as any married couple will, but their undying love for one another was grossly magnified during the last week. A week I hadn’t prepared for and certainly didn’t expect to come out much wiser, stronger and empowered from.

I learned that the healing power of touch is awesomely underestimated. We went up to Cold Lake on Monday expecting to say farewell to my mother’s mother. Instead, our thoughtfulness, our compassion and our love incited a passion in Omi to hold on and stick around until next time we get to visit (which for my folks looks like about a month). And that’s okay. At this time, mini goals are all it takes. One step at a time. Day by day. One hospital meal of crushed ice and orange antibiotics at a time…

Make a plan. It’s there for you to use as a guide if nothing else. Clearly my Omi’s plan changed when we got there this past week. Eff, was she ever surprised. When you make a plan at least you can go off the grid a bit when you want to. Shake things up and understand the power of your presence around everyone, loved or not in your day to day interactions. The impact you have with the silliest things such as touch goes a really long way.

Thanks for hearing me out. And thanks for sharing

 

I’m back!

Hey everyone! If you’ve never taken a breather, I highly recommend it. Be it from social media, the phone and emails or just from the daily hustle and grind – it all adds up and sometimes it’s nice to just recharge and breathe.

I spent May doing just that. I’m refocused, energized and have realigned my vision, got a few projects really rockin’ and rollin’ and most importantly, I’m the fittest I’ve ever been.
I find that I have more energy than ever! I’m waking up with the sun every day, going for a jog with Dar or doing some yoga in my living room and then heading in to either volunteer at Ronald McDonald House or down to INLIV to work with an all-star personal training team to inspire some amazing lives! I even bike almost 200 kilometres every week for fun!
I can’t say it was all me. I owe a lot of it to resetting my mindset and that only really started to kick in about 6 months ago when I started getting coached through the same system I teach my coaching clients, Precision Nutrition’s Pro-Coach.

Between volunteering, creating, coaching, catching live music events around town, hosting two shows; one on TV and the other, my very own radio show (now available on iTunes!), entertaining (or more like being entertained by) my pup Darwin, it seems like there should be a lot fewer hours in my day, right? It’s all in how you manage your time, I s’pose.
I’ve attached some links for you to take a peek at some of the things I’ve been up to. I hope you enjoy it, share it and remember the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, burnt out or out of control – take a step back and breathe. Reach out if you would like some help or even just an ear to vent to.

SoundScape

Check out the TV show I host, SoundScape YYCTanner James plays some tunes, talks about the upcoming release of his debut novel and chats with me about the changing landscape of Calgary’s music scene and how he’s thriving as an artist in the wake of the gunslingers and oil barons of the wild, wild west. It’s a real doozy. Tune in.

PPLSKLZ RADIO

The first episode is out! Be sure to tune in on that commute to work or over lunch break for your hour-long dose of local music-fused with real discussion on proactive healthcare for musicians and music lovers. Chalked full of value, this episode includes the first part of a new gender series “What Is A Man” I’m unrolling this month, some great local artists including Jo-Jo O’ and the Woods and The Heirlooms and tips and tricks to help keep you moving and feeling great! Check it out below.

The Musician’s Guide To Surviving The Rock Star Lifestyle

Now available on amazon.ca, get your copy of my book in either old school paperback or fresh, like the kids these days – e-book. Order your copy today!

Thanks for reading, until next time… stay sweet!

 

Living proof that we as humans are meant to adapt and roll with change.

Please check out my interview with one, Josh Dech – local fitness professional and business savvy entrepreneur. He left his post as a paramedic – having to save lives that were on the brink to transitioning his health care skill set into that of preventative health – Personal Training. He’s now bettering quality of life so those individuals don’t see that brink for a real long time.

Josh just happened to call me while I was finishing up my opening segment tonight. Some things happen for a reason. I hadn’t lined up a guest for an interview for the show, but as luck would have it when I saw it was Josh calling me, I immediately thought “Sweet, I have a rad guest now.” As you can tell, he was happy to be a part of it.

My takeaway:

Learn structure, but be willing to adapt. Be wiling to learn. Life’s too short to take it seriously all the time. Dress in a onesie and walk around in public every now and again.

I also discuss the importance of revelling in your accomplishments, how to relieve your stress in just 21 seconds and an opportunity to support another amazing charity, Play It Forward. They’re holding an Online Media Auction until March 31st, 12:00 MST. Check it out here… https://www.32auctions.com/playitforward_auction2017

Gymtastics Play-it-Forward Projects is a charity that that helps underprivileged children grow through sport and play. To find out more please check out our website at  www.playitforward.ca  or our latest You Tube video at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyI8VzE–Wo&feature=youtu.be
I also dip back into the nostalgia in keeping with the theme of change and play one Calgary’s own, The Heist’s hits “Change”.
Don’t keep on climbing the mountain when you get to the top…
Stay sweet, folks. PAYCE!

I had the pleasure of sitting down with an old friend of mine who has been making waves in the local art scene here in Calgary, AB. I wanted to discuss with her the secret to her success, not just in her artistic and professional life, but in all aspects. Take a listen to what Renee Wehring has to say about the journey that mindfulness, exercise and nutrition has played in all aspects of her life.

How do you want to be remembered?

This post comes on the heels of some pretty emotional times for myself… and I am aware that it may strike a chord with you. I’m hoping for that. Because like I mentioned last week, Thoughts + Action will shape our Reality. Think of me as just being the guy pushing you, the snowball… up the hill. That’s my job.

And that’s what I’m here to discuss today. What the eff am I doing here?

Happy to say I figured it out. I am an influencer. I embrace change, adapt and thrive in otherwise stressful situations. Why? In order to stay engaged in what I’m doing. People are always changing, situations around us are always changing and if at the molecular level our body’s are meant to change, I believe our vision, our path our thoughts, feelings and course of direction can, and should, too.

I’m here for a greater good. To inspire others to become that absolute best that they can be. So, ask yourself. Why are you here? What is your calling?

If you don’t know, that’s totally okay. You’re allowed that. I actually think it’s better that you don’t just bullshit it and really dig in until you know. And you’ll know when you know. Just take that step and try things.

I was having this conversation (well, as much of a conversation one can have through text) with a friend and she happened to mention ” I have no idea what I want to do…” That, in my line of work as a trainer, health coach, motivational speaker etc is a fairly common response I get when asking “What are your goals…?” But for life? Actually, yeah. A lot of us don’t have a friggin’ clue…

So what do we end up doing? Tell me if this sounds like you:

In North America anyways, the prototypical youth is marked by graduating high school, applying immediately to college or university to establish a stable income from a highly accredited institution in hopes of landing that big pension after 25 years of service with a great company. Meanwhile, you’ve gotten married at 23, raised a family by the time you’re 30 and now you’re out of shape or worse, unhappy or worse and left wondering “where did my life go”.

Hamster wheel, much?

I challenge you to think clearly and pursue your “why”; your purpose and what really fills your heart with undeniable love and joy. Success is relative. for some it is the big cars, fancy watches and endless hours of rooftop pool parties (… I think)

For a strong majority of us, I’d argue it isn’t. I’d argue deep down we have a connection to do something in life that brings more meaning and more joy than words can describe.

What burns you up? What makes you so filled with raw, anger you can’t take it anymore? That’s a good sign that your mission is to fix that particular thing, or bring some sort of justice at least so you don’t wanna burn your house down just thinking about it.

For me, that answer was that I just strongly dislike negativity. I don’t believe or subscribe to the bullshit “I don’t have time’s”, “I can’t’s” or “”my _____ won’t let me..” or whatever the eff all excuses are out there. I wouldn’t be here if I leaned that way, and my mission is to help others see that they can change that too, if they want.

Back to passion….

Think of it this way. Have you ever said “I can’t wait for Friday?”

And for you may say that for whatever reason, I’m not here to judge – maybe it’s cause you can’t wait to get out and hike that trail, or get to the mountains to snap beautiful photos or sit down and learn that song on guitar… whatever it is. Stop and consider… could that possibly lead you to success? Think about how amazing that would be…

Instead of thinking of it in this light “What do you have to lose…”

Think…

“Look at how much I have to gain!”

Chase your passions. Live free of regret. There’s one thing I know and it’s this:

Whether you can or you can’t do something, that’s for sure. I challenge you to take that step today.

SCHWARTZ

PS. Join in the conversation! I’m going to reference this post tonight on my Facebook LIVE Series The Symposium which goes live at 8:15pm (MST) tonight HERE where I will continue the discussion on “Legacy”, how I want to be remembered. I’ll also share my experience and an inspiring story from a 16 year I learned so much from in such a short amount of time, my buddy, no longer here, but with me forever – Karsten Huth.

My memory of Karsten and his legacy will forever be engrained by these words:

“Have fun and be silly. Try new things.” -KH

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Miss you, buddy.

OK, so you’re probably wondering “what is this coffee bit all about?”

So…… I guess I should probably tell you.

Find out what people like in their coffee. Write it down.  They don’t drink coffee? Cool – find out what they drink instead – write that down! That shit comes back tenfold.

Here’s how:

It all started when I was back at Goodlife Fitness in 2011. I was the Western Canadian Personal Training Recruiter, I hired trainers all over the country. It was sweet. I got to see people on their absolute best (and surprisingly worst) behaviour. I was still pretty fresh on the job, so there were tons of things I was struggling with. The biggest was probably how to have a crucial conversation – you know, when you and a friend have an argument and you have to go in to lay down the law. Yeah, that conversation. I am just a happy dude and not into reprimanding people, I always feel terrible. But my role had that element. when other hiring managers weren’t following protocol.

I forget who told me at the time, probably my team lead, April but they recommended this coffee trick as part of my relationship building with key stakeholders. Saved me hundreds of hours and millions of tears, I’m sure. First off, the whole idea is to calm the person with a simple, yet authentic act of service or kindness. With my job particularly I was dealing with stressed out, behind budget middle level managers in an industry that’s notorious for high turnover. I need to calm people down if I was going to have any influence over their decision making and get them focused on getting the right people on their team again. I was responsible for half of the hiring of all the personal trainers for every single club in Western Canada. I was only half of the equation though. The hiring manager of the department of personal training in each club was equally responsible for the hiring of those trainers and their success at the job.

As you can imagine, differences in preference as to what candidates were selected came up, and this some times lead to tension between myself (home office) and the manager (club). Sometimes, the hiring manager and I did not see eye to eye, but it was very important we made the right decision for the prospective employee, the club, and the company. I learned quickly that you didn’t have to get along, you just had to work together!

The trick April taught me about coffee, isn’t about coffee at all. I could’ve brought these people socks… the effect would’ve been the same. The whole point of knowing what somebody takes in their coffee is something for you to carry forward with all of the relationships you have. It’s the fact that you listened that matters, not the fact that they drink coffee or not or what they drink in it if they do. When I had to sit down and have a hard conversation with another hiring manager about why I didn’t feel that that employee was a good fit it made everything less dramatic if we could just talk over a coffee. Remove “work” from it for a moment and just be reasonable people. When I showed up with their coffee in hand (they could never believe I remembered…), it immediately set a tone that I was here and ready to fight for them. We were on the same team.

You’ve gotta be authentic or else others will see right through your shit… so go out and learn about people. Find out what they dig and treat them well. Business is about relationships and in my experience, the longer lasting ones are the best for both sides.

So, how do you take your coffee?