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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I have a question for you lovelies:

I want to know… what does the word Team mean to you?

 

To me, the Team is a collective of sorts.

A united force that has a common goal.

Not just on the ice,

on the pitch,

or defined by the crest on the front of the jersey.

No, a Team goes beyond the letters on the back too.

Beyond the locker room,

The Team is with you on the grind.

The workhorse hours,

The endless assault on your mind, body and soul.

When you have the brothers and sisters of your purpose aligned

You are unstoppable.

That is Team.

 

Well it has been quite some time between posts for me and I’d like to apologize. Busy is good though, right?

Here’s the scoop

  1. I’m on The Sweet’s EP! In a totally unexpected turn of events we had the opportunity to re-record one of our tunes “The Beast” with Pat Pallardy of Public Lunch Studios for our upcoming fall debut EP titled “Wild” on Tuesday. We laid down the drums in a little under an hour and also got the bass taken care of. So when Mitch and Claudia get back in town from a little vacation in Cuba, they can lay guitars and vocals down and we’re all good in the hood. If you want to get to know what you can expect from the EP, check out the video from the single, “Wild” here! It’s going to be a rad summer of touring and writing and then a big release in the fall. So. Much. Excite. Please feel free to Like us on Facebook too to stay in the sweetest loop!
  2. I’m going to CMW! That’s right, Canadian Music Week! I am actually spearheading a really interesting initiative that will study life on the road of the Canadian rockers Matt Blais and the Heartbeat. Matt is a beauty, one of my closest friends and a true warrior of the music scene. To be a part of his gang is an absolute privilege. I’m documenting Matt’s tour to CMW in Toronto as part of my study of the relationship between the road life of a rock band and the lifestyle that goes with the territory. I will also be implementing strategies to keep health and performance in the forefront despite the challenges the road poses. As I said, I’m going under the guise of a music journalist of sorts, looking to video and interview and get an up close and personal look into the (sometimes dark) lifestyle of working Canadian musicians. Why? Well, I am a musician myself, and since working very hard to gain the title of “The Music Industry’s Health and Performance Coach” I want to build awareness amongst the community that there is another way. We don’t have to abuse substances or abandon our health and nutrition. In the words of the great poet Ludacris, [we can still] have a good time and enjoy [our] Jack. But I want to introduce health in order to promote longevity. There’s some serious talent out there amongst Alberta’s independent music scene, it’d be a shame if the world couldn’t hear it.
  3. I’m running a 21- Fitness Challenge and only have about 6 spots not spoken for. Want in? Click here! Guaranteed results, but unfortunately as this is semi-private programming you either need to live in the Calgary, AB region or have a bomb-diggity teleportation device on hand. We need to talk if you have the latter. I wanna bucket list a Led Zeppelin concert, pre “In Through The Out Door”. Did you hear they’re finally moving forward with that lawsuit now…? Crazy!

If you’d like to stay in the know on the offers I do have for online programming or just get some sweet info on how to safely exercise and understand things like your 1 rep max, please visit here!

Alright, that’s it for now. Get up and make the most of your Friday. I’m going for a nice ride.

‘Til next time!

#TeamSchwartz

It’s quite remarkable how fast things can be flipped around in your own little fantasy dream land.

Ten days ago my life had a lifeline. A safety net. Something I was going to fall back into in the event that none of what I wanted worked out. That’s key. What I wanted.
The more I’m away from it, the more I’ve found that I was trying to fill a void that had happened who knows when. Again, that’s key. I was filling a void back then.
Moving forward, I’m excited for no safety net. No rules. I’m going to focus hard on my training, focus hard on earning more money so I can put more into my skating. I want to treat that more like my life than ever as it’s all I got right now!
I have the support now. It’s too bad she’s across the pond right now… I shed the dead weight and negativity without even realizing it. Again, filling the void before all of this.
It’s amazing how something like life can take such an awesome, drastic turn for the best when you thought you had it all figured out already.
See you soon!

To be the best that you can be is paramount to success. To  be the best it comes down to two undeniable parts:

  1. Attaining the highest quality resources in training and performance; and
  2. The pursuit of passion

To sit here and write on which one is more important would be taxing and not an effective use of my time. They both clearly go hand in hand. I am going to write about the third, not so talked about key, support and belief.

This dream of mine Pyeong Chang, 2018 started as a fun idea that’d at the very least, increase my fitness into a whole new world. It’s seen a few smaller transformations as the months have gone on and this has provided me with a real reason as to “why” I am indeed following through and “what” it exactly is that I am pursuing.

It’s two-fold though – my dream is both tangible and intangible. I can touch, feel, live, smell and hear all the awesome that will come with winning races, making personal records and breaking them, training hard and skating fast. In my head that encompasses the tangible wins that translate to success. However, the intangibles are the reasons I can’t feel. Like the testing theory of overcoming physical barriers that I have always tried to break free of. This time, I’m doing it right. Not in a rebellious fashion but for the positive. Bringing awareness and hope to others in similar confining circumstances, be it physical limitations, psychological barriers or otherwise. Anything can be done, and I’m setting myself out there to prove this theory. It’s about damn time I give back to the folks that have helped me get to where I am today.

That brings me to my point; support.

Support is the third and most underrated key to success. The darkhorse, if you will…. No matter how hard I train, how great my equipment or coach or training is, no matter how much I develop my skills – none of that matters if I do not have the support of the fine folks around me.

That positive reinforcement and encouragement is sometimes all you need to truly understand you’re doing the right thing. And it doesn’t have to be constant. I have recently experienced little pumps of confidence in my journey from friends and family. They don’t even realize the power of their words or actions, but it really helps fuel my dream and put into perspective the “why” of this 4 year dream. I already feel successful and this ride has just begun.

I can’t wait to share my story with anyone that’ll listen. Here we go SOKO 2018 – dasDarkhorse

No matter how hard your train, how much you focus on strategy, skill, coordination… No matter how many times you roll through the movements, excite the race in your mind and envision winning.
No amount of training can fully prepare you for the competition. Embrace the nerves. Go out and be.

Why do we try to be everything to everyone?

As I sit here basking in the nostalgia of Everclear’s “So Much For The Afterglow” – one of the first albums I ever bought on my own, I am finding myself lost in the simpleness of imperfection. I don’t think the social code of modern times really caters towards imperfection. When I say this I really mean folks should be okay with making mistakes. It’s part of our code in how we learn for the better.

One of my heroes in the business and philanthropy world and frankly one of my most favourite human beings – Mr. W Brett Wilson keeps this mantra. In fact his book “Redefining Success: And Still Making Mistakes” takes this theory to the next level. You should read it! I really admire that man for everything he has been through, good and bad and his ability to not expect a certain outcome or result. He is clearly comfortable in his element and therefore has found incredible amounts of success, first in his professional life albeit with the sacrifice of his personal life and heath. Thankfully, he figured it out and has since got everything back on track. Not to spoil the book or anything, I’m just a really big fan of perseverance…. and apparently tangents…

Essentially what I am getting at is that we as humans are meant to make mistakes and be imperfect. It’s a uniqueness that we all have and should embrace. However cliche it may seem, we need to fail in order to find true success. You may have heard it before, but you don’t really know what it is like to win, until you have lost. And that is true heart.

The heart of a champion is one that has seen defeat. Some times repeated defeat. The difference in the heart of a champion is that it knows no rest. It will kick and kick and pump and pump and try again. Backwards or not. Against all odds. The heart will persevere.

How do we apply this positively to our lives now, though? Well in a world so caught up in social standards, I can understand where this becomes puzzling. I too, struggle at times with just being okay with the outcome. There’s so much pressure to climb the corporate ladder. Achieve the greatest amount of success. Provide for yourself and your family. But don’t do it that way! You need to do things this way. In the right order.

You know what? I am running on a theory I’ve had in my entire sports career. The more we build up the pressure to win, the pressure on having a perfect game, making the perfect play, perfecting our routine….. The more we fixate on that perfectly perfect rationale…. the more we lose sight of the actual outcome. We get pigeon-holed and subsequently stuck in the fear of losing and we ultimately choke. Look at any underdog. Why do you think the power of the people back the underdog in most cases? Everyone loves a good underdog story. Heck, I’m one of them! Even my story is one of them! If you’re reading this, you are likely just like me in that regard. But why?

There’s a good chance that the ones without the fear of losing will out perform the favourites. There’s nothing to lose, right? Just go out and have fun. Why doesn’t the same theory apply in all aspects of life?

I think for the sake of being cool with oneself in a given situation, knowledge of the proposed outcome limits our ability to succeed. I say just role with it. We are only in control of how we handle experiences at the end of the day anyways, right? Being okay with imperfection will slowly build character, integrity and a long withstanding respect. Example – I think it says a lot about the professional athlete that bifs as they step out on to the ice and has enough wit and humility to shake it off and understand that they alike the rest of us will make mistakes. Sometimes juvenile and silly mistakes. To me, that just adds to the appeal and is something I stand deeply for in truly understanding myself and being okay with where I am at as me. I want to strive for that. That to me is perpetually learning. That to me is unbound success. No comparisons. No judgement. Just continuing down my path, one step (or stride!) at a time.

Thank you for listening.