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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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.

We all live in patterns. It’s been brought to my attention a few times this week so I figure I should address the importance of recognizing these patterns, good or bad and then having the ability to channel them in your best interest, so here it goes.

Consistency is something we tend to talk a lot about but rarely deliver, or at least I know it’s a constant conversation I’ve had with myself over the past few years. It’s good now though that I recognize that I don’t always deliver (ironic seeing as though it’s a vital part of my job to make sure my clients deliver…) sometimes it’s just easier to not have to dig in… not be accountable… to grow up and blow away.

Here’s what I noticed about myself. And I was talking with my friend, and hairstylist about this trend. When I undergo or at least crave change, I alter my appearance.

Easiest and most common through the years was the hairstyle, and as I you can tell – here we are. Another big change, another change in hair. It’s a trend of my reinvention of myself. Cleansing myself of the impurities of my old self, and opening myself up for a new challenge. Personally I love the idea of change. I embrace it, and I’d encourage you to, too.

Here’s a snapshot of a few of my hairstyles and corresponding life events that played a role in the reinvention.

“The Sick Flow” 2005 (Found drums)

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“The Workin’ Man” 2007 (Discovered my career, my passion for life)

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“Hairodynamic” 2014 (started speed skating, became a full time athlete)

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The “JD” 2015 (reinvented myself in single life)

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“Straight Up” 2015 (rediscovered music)

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“The Clark” 2016 (joined The Sweets)

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“Change of Shade: Violet Undertones” 2016 (Started writing my book)

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Hair Massacure “Dope Soul” 2017 (Started working at INLIV; NMC + CMW connection)

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“Mull-Hawk” 2017 (MusicFit, Monkey Tree, The Sweets, more writing)

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As you can see, I welcome change and manifest my reinvention through physical appearance. Adapt. Change. Learn. Grow. Darwin. Moral of the story is I tend to manifest positive change, showing that you can too. Most recently, I dumped the old me. Battling depression, sadness, fear and embraced optimism, vibrance, empowerment and confidence – all represented through a haircut. Just like I did before speed skating, after high school and right before I joined The Sweets. See the trend?

I’m back with The Sweets, MusicFit is taking off and as luck would have it, I just had my hair did by an old bestie… weird how the universe works, right?

If you change your environment, you can change the outcome.

Thanks for listening,

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I don’t expect anyone to understand.

But support is more than just providing a bailout, or your infinite wisdom and sagely advice… it’s about having the courage to drop your own values and encourage the crazy, even if deep down you might doubt it. Don’t let them hear that doubt… Their crazy is what’s going to change the world. You don’t realize how powerful the removal of all doubt can be in that. So let them know that they have got this. They’re crazy. But you believe in them.

For some reason Florence + The Machine’s “Shake It Out” popped into my head and I was carefully cycling home tonight from work. I mean, yeah – I’m a little crazy for biking in -20. But today it’s out of necessity. And cycling is fucking therapeutic. Movement and motion is fucking therapy. I mean, I would have done it anyway if I did have gas in the Tiguan, but today wasn’t by choice because it was a nice day for a ride.

The line “It’s always darkest before the dawn” really echoes with me today.

I had $3 in change to pay for groceries today, thankfully I had $20 to redeem but I had to get crafty to hit just over $20 to be able to use that reward. $23.74. Thank God.

That’s how close to poverty I am right now. I just spent the weekend riddled with another bought of depression, triggered by memories of certain places within Calgary I hadn’t been to since my time with my now ex-wife, and former friends and family of mine. It was very abrupt. It was very cruel. And depression doesn’t give two shits if you’re ready to deal with it or not, it comes in waves. I truly felt like I was drowning.

However, the bike ride taught me a few things.

No matter how slow the go is, you just focus on one pedal stroke at a time and you’ll get there. Don’t focus on the result, focus on the process.

Being physically fit to ride across the city at any given time in any given season is fucking rad. I’m grateful for my physical ability and health.

Also, much like overcoming the darkness of mental health, even the most seemingly insignificant victories go a long, long way to the betterment of ones psyche. And you need to close down those past traumas and reinvent yourself.

So while to some the thought of biking home in the cold, dark winter of Calgary in November is just silly… to me it means a lot more.

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

Thanks for listening. If you feel compelled, please consider helping to bring awareness to mens mental health issues in the music industry. I’m very proud to be a part of Mo Music. I’m fundraising for Movember and representing the men in the local music industry. Depression is a fickle bitch, anxiety is running rampant and the stats on men committing suicide are ridiculous. Help keep our music industry men healthy and let them get treatment and have the resources to stay away from the darkness.

After my bought last week I remember all too well how cold that darkness is. -20 on a bike in the dark at 9pm in Calgary has nothing on the deep freeze anxiety and depression has put on me. But I am working on that. I want others to know that they’re not alone.

Please support me and my homies of Mo Music here ———> https://mobro.co/coachschwartzy?mc=1

Every single dollar helps.

Thanks for listening,

 

 

It can feel like shit when you don’t get the results you were expecting. It can if you let it.

A loss is black and white though, right? As in, you win or you lose, correct?

I believe the loss on the scoreboard is only part of the picture. How you determine wins and losses is entirely up to you. I can tell you that matter-of-factly.

I’ve been a part of championship teams. I’ve worked with next level athletes and I kid you not, the scoreboard oftentimes reflects an entirely different story than what is going on in their head. Their team came out on top, but they focus on only the worst parts of their game. Perfection. It can cripple careers…

Sure, it stings for a brief moment. It stung me. I came in expecting to have something that the whole membership would be in total support of. And I’m sure they are. I mean, I took a shot and stepped up to represent what I’ve been doing for the past two years, specifically with the music industry. I was met with nothing but respect from everyone. I was shaking hands and being congratulated by living legends in the industry (some of which asked for a signed copy of my book, an ordeal in which I’m still fan-boying over…).

This year’s Alberta Music AGM was a huge success. Both for me, but also for our music community. I delivered the best speech of my life, met a dozen incredible people that foster a relentless spirit of growth and development – individuals that give so much back to our music community in Alberta – and I had my voice heard on a platform that spans our whole membership. For me, my message is loud and clear. I’m the health coach of the business. If our industry didn’t know who I was before, they know who I am now and what my vision is within the scene. And that in and of itself got people talking and thinking all things health and wellness.

And the membership came out winners. We have a united front of directors orchestrating a community of growth and opportunity. As for me, I’m taking this as a sign that my time is best spent on helping the musicians get well, stay well and provide direction to individuals interested in what I do.

Congratulations to all of the newly appointed directors, I’m excited to see what 2017 has in store for our membership. I’m excited to be a part of it in any way I can. It was an honour to see my name alongside the other nominees. They’re truly remarkable leaders and Alberta Music is going to thrive under their guidance.

While the game may reflect a certain score, it’s up to you to choose how to lose. The numbers are purely a reflection of the outcome. It’s your attitude towards that outcome that I call the art of losing.

Thanks for reading. ‘Til next time, stay sweet!

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There no secret. Alliterations aside, my friends are few, fucking and fantastic.

When you have a crew that’s got your back, a crew that invites you inside their world, inside their dreams… you just feel safe.

I owe a lot to my friends. “A lot” in the sense of the man I’ve become. Without the love, support and patience, especially the patience – I would be lost in the woods.

And oftentimes I feel that I still am.

But you know what, it’s a helluva lot more fun to get lost together.

Thanks for reading,