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Get Out, Have Fun, Be Happy… But be Prepared!

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All last week I was running from fast approaching deadlines. After frantically typing on my computer hours on end, I finally reached a stopping point. I got up from my desk and headed into the other room for something. But only steps from my office- I stopped. What had I gotten up for? After a few moments of standing like a deer in headlights, I gave up and returned to my desk. However, I could not concentrate. The fact that in less than ten seconds my mind wandered off so far that it could not find its way back was bothering me. Before I could say “how could this happen,” I looked down at my desk. Spread out In front of me were three completely different projects, at my right was two full page “to do” lists and in the distance a radio was playing, dogs were barking and there was a maddening banging next door as my neighbors were getting their house re-roofed. My mind was cluttered with all that I was doing, as well as pressured with all that I needed to be doing. It was no wonder the smallest additional distraction could cause a mini mental meltdown. I needed a break.

My favorite break is to spend a little time hiking, biking or running on a trail with mother nature. As a professional speaker on work/life balance, stress and wellness, I live what I present.  Even when traveling and Keynoting for corporation and association meetings and conventions, I will search out local trails.

On the trail, when the conditions are right, I feel like I am moving through the woods like a predator on the hunt. When the conditions are right, Mother Nature’s sights, sounds and smells can force me to hum the soundtrack to “What A Wonderful Life.” When the conditions are right, even dodging my way through the strollers and skaters at the local park can be the best part of a good day. However, if the conditions are not right, time on the trail can quickly go from energizing and fun to frustrating and painful.

Last year, preparing for my usual Wednesday trail run, a cool breeze persuaded me to wear my favorite cotton pullover. Now cozy warm, I started down the trail on this beautiful, brisk fall afternoon and I felt totally energized. What I did not know was that this was as fun as this run would get. Only five minutes into the run I started warming up and realized I had made a typical early fall mistake. I overdressed. I pulled off the pullover and tied it to around my waist. But as soon as I started cooling off it started to sprinkle. This sprinkle quickly turned into the perfect storm. In moments, endless sheets of rain left me soaked and very cold. In an attempt to stay warm I put my pullover back on. The upside of this was I felt a little warmer, but the downside was the rain quickly enlarged this cotton garment to the size of a small circus tent. My shoes, now also soaked, started feeling a little “floppy.” This floppiness allowed my feet to move around in my shoes, which was producing a loud squeak with each step. This squeaking soon was joined by a burning sensation as blisters started to form on my heels and toes. As I limped back to the car, flopping, squeaking and trying not to step on my now six-foot sleeves, I felt like a demented trail running Bozo the Clown.

Being prepared for outdoor activity is only smart. Below are two simple, achievable actions that will help you be better prepared so you can get the most from your time with Mother Nature.

Step 1: Check the weather
I don’t know about your part of the world, but in Arkansas the weather can change quickly, especially in the spring and fall. With advances in technology and the Internet you can get up to the minute forecasts. I point my browser to my favorite weather site: http://www.wunderground.com.

Step 2: Wear “Wicking” Base Layer Clothing
The type of clothing you need can vary depending on the weather. However, wearing good base layer clothing is one thing that will help you no matter what the conditions. Base layer clothing is whatever you wear that is in direct contact with your skin; including shirts, underwear, shorts, socks, etc. Technology has helped us here as well. New man-made fabrics, such as Cool-Max and other performance fabrics, are fantastic for outdoor activities because they are very light, comfortable and retain their shape when wet. But the most important function of these fabrics is that they move (wick) sweat away from your body to the surface of the material where it can evaporate. Wicking moisture away from your skin will help your body better regulate its temperature in either hot or cold climates, reduce your chance of blisters and chaffing and increase your enjoyment immensely.

The next time your mind becomes cluttered with the responsibilities of daily life, be prepared, GET OUT! and let Mother Nature take the pain away.

 

There is Power in Your Attitude

Positive thinking can only benefit you

Positive thinking can only benefit you

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Every person is equipped with the power to bring change. If you believe something will happen, be it positive or negative, it will happen. This power is known as intention. It’s a choice and we all control that choice with our attitude.

It all boils down to how you think. Scientists have proven that our minds get into a habit of producing thoughts with a certain mindset. If you usually see life through a negative lens, the chemical produced will be familiar to your brain. The same is true with positve thought.

This perspective will create a chain reaction that starts with the emotions we store and generate on a daily basis.If we learn to nurture the good feelings and discard the negative, then our energy will attract positive energy from others. A smile does wonders to create a better day, a better reaction, and a better life.

Being positive can only lead to good things in your life. Don’t accept defeat and never let negativity stand in your way. Don’t even let it effect your thoughts. Obviously this can be difficult at times. But if you are able to welcome the challenges that face you and take pride in what you have achieved, it will motivate you and energize you to continue this flow of good energy.

Only you can decide what your attitude will be. If you make the daily choice to have a positive attitude your positivity will rub off onto others and begin to change the world. Literally, your attitude and belief can change the world.

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Take Advantage of Your Strengths

Learn what your strengths are

Learn what your strengths are

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

We all have our own innate strengths. Some strength you may only discover in times of crisis. Other strengths you discover as you progress through life and pay attention to your skills.

You never know what you can achieve through your strengths and how you may actually help other people unless you apply them. The key is to stay focused on your goals and ignore the negativity of others. This is, of course, assuming you have goals. Not to be negative, but many people struggle to do what is required of them on a daily basis, much less dream bigger. Many may be overwhelmed with negativity and not even believe they can get better. If this is the case, read this.

Once you’ve changed your perspective and decided your goals (potentially the most important step), you can move onto applying your strengths and passions on a daily basis.

As a professional speaker, I work to motivate my audience through positive advice as well as the encouragement that anyone can improve their life. I didn’t start out this way. I was once a student wondering what to do with me life. It wasn’t until later that I realized what I loved to do- help others help themselves.

You will get much more satisfaction out of your work if you’re able to do something you are good at and actually enjoy doing. I know this might seem far fetched, but if you support your skills with a positive perspective, the right job will come to you.  At the same time, remember that everything takes work. Very few of us will just be that good at something without training. You may have an innate skill within you, but you still have to train it. This takes intention, consistency and passion. The right job isn’t going to fall in your lap, you have to develop your skills on a regular basis and put yourself into the world with the belief that something good will work.

As you develop your skills, you will grow confident and motivated at work.  and soon you will feel good in other areas of your life too. The secret to work life balance is simple once you get to this step because if you’ve successfully integrated your passions and strengths with your work, your life will be ideal. More on the logistics of this later.

 

 

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Put Your Thoughts into Action

Thoughts only have impact when put into action

Thoughts only have impact when put into action

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Your actions, not your thoughts, impact others. Good intentions mean nothing without action.

Especially in the social media realm, many people proclaim their opinions without needing to support what they say. We all have the power to say whatever we want with the tap of our thumbs, but the key to helping people and solving problems isn’t saying something that sounds good. Instead we should be intentional with personal relationships, listen and help when they’re ready for it.

Believe me, as a motivational speaker, listening and waiting is often really hard. Sometimes I’d love to change a person’s behavior if I could. But my job is to inspire change, not force it. I give others the tools to help themselves, and when I get to see the transformation, it’s incredibly encouraging.

The key to helping others is to be sincere and helpful. I really care about helping people becoming the best version of themselves. I’m by no means perfect, but I have a passion for coaching others that translates to action, and I believe in the words I say. I’ve seen people’s lives changed after they’ve applied my advice and it feels great to be a part of genuine change based on actions rather than just words.

Anyone can resolve to do something, but until they believe they can, set up goals to change their day and actually get started doing them, words mean nothing. Saying you’re going to quit smoking or exercise doesn’t make you change. Believing that you can change and planning how you will followed by taking the first step does.

The hardest part is getting started. The rest is just overcoming inertia.
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Questioning Leads to Understanding

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance. 

child questionSome of the greatest minds in the world make a habit of doing the same thing- asking questions. We have a short time on this earth, and if we aren’t constantly curious, then we aren’t truly engaged. With so many viewpoints, cultures and ways of understanding the world, to assume that we have conquered understanding is to severely limit our development.

I try to treat every day as an adventure and appreciate the opportunities I have to explore. I’ve found that this has given me a more meaningful, interesting and fun life.

Especially as I’ve watched my children grow, I have a fresh appreciation for maintaining a childlike sense of wonder. Imagination is the heart of innovation and invention comes from asking questions.

So get in the habit of indulging your curiosity and trying to learn as much as we can to achieve success and know ourselves.

You will never achieve success if you don’t ask questions every step of the way. If you don’t question your actions you won’t know if you are on the right track until it is too late and that could prove to be costly to your ambitions. Questioning your actions and motives will also give you a better understanding of yourself.

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