A big push

Less than 30 days to go in 2018 and what a year it has been.  A quick review will tell us that we have had a great THPL journey with much accomplished and much to be proud of.  And this extends beyond what each of us did individually into how we supported each other to achieve our goals. When we work as a community we perform better.  So, as we finish up the year let’s perform in a strong and purposeful way.  First with a review our 2018 goals and a hard push to get them all done.  Then a reach out to members of our community and see how they did with their goals. Is there something that we can do to help them with their big push?  We can make the offer and then follow through.  So much more gets done with this kind of year end focus for ourselves and our community.  Here’s to a strong finish, which happens when we focus and execute.  A good plan for sure.

Loving life when I focus and execute. 

 

Encourage each other

We love the THPL journey.  It gives us so much.  We are so thankful for all that we can do and it is so important for us to think about what else it is that we can do or what we can do for each other.  Sometimes all that we need is a bit of support, a bit of encouragement that will keep us going so that we can get to that next level.  It really is a great feeling to both give and get support, especially when the journey gets harder or we don’t know what it is we should be doing.  Our community is principled and the idea of supporting others integral to all that we do.  Let’s make sure we are there to support others as there is nothing better than we can do than that.

Loving life when I encourage others.

 

Go

Do not stop, do not hesitate, just go.  Seems to be a good mantra on our THPL journey.  Go -- to move, to take action.  It has the right feeling.  When someone tells us Go – we know what to do.  We are instantly propelled forward.  Such a simple word, and such a powerful result.  All we have to do is to feel it in our heart and live it in our lives.  We are made to move, not to be still, so Go is indeed core to who we are.  Ready, set, go…...    

Loving life when I go

The struggle within

It is said, and we grow to believe, that anything is possible on our THPL journey.  It is a mantra that we use to keep us from quitting before we start.  That if we choose to do something, we put in the work, give ourselves enough time, that indeed we will get to the goal that we set for ourselves.  This does work, and it works in almost all of the circumstances that we can imagine.  Yet, as we go down this path it is good for us to embrace our insecurities, to do so even when we are at our best.  It is important to do this because the darkness that can get in our way can be dealt with when we find self-control amidst the hardship that can come during a challenge.  We hear it again and again, even the best grapple with the prospect of failure and what we think about ourselves.  And from there is where the possibilities do open up, we are free to embrace the feeling that is inside us that pushes us forward, that makes us unwilling to quit, that feels on the inside what it looks like on the outside – that we are indeed living our version of the high performance life.  Indeed it does

Loving life when I overcome the struggle

 

Inspired to act

We know that there are amazing people on their own THPL journey and from each example we can learn and be inspired by the decisions that they make and the actions that they take it.  And today Outdoor clothing company Patagonia inc. took their commitment to be earth friendly to a new level.  Patagonia, has committed the $10 million it saved from federal tax cuts championed by President Donald Trump to nonprofit groups who work on conservation and climate issues, according to a LinkedIn post by Chief Executive Officer Rose Marcario.   The release last week of the fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment gave urgency to the decision and for this we are all beneficiaries.  From this amazing move we should all feel inspired to think about how we can contribute in our own way to saving the planet.  It is after all our responsibility to take care of it and this is a very good time to move in this direction.   

Loving life when I can take care of the planet

 

Making the best of it

It is not unlikely that while on our THPL journey that things might not always go as expected.  It could be circumstances that we do not control like crazy weather, a canceled meeting, some disappointing news or other conditions that are unexpected.  What we decide to do next is what is defining of our journey.  There were a few ultra-racers whose race was canceled a few weeks ago – they took all of their preparation and training and turned it into an opportunity to set a Fastest Known Time at the Rim to Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon.  So, instead of perceived disappointment or failure they had amazing success and results.  The next time any of us have something not go our way let’s think about how we make it into an opportunity and have some fun and great results doing it.       

Loving life when I make the best of circumstances

 

Giving Tuesday

On our THPL journey, we look forward to days like today - #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.  Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season and encourages us to focus on our holidays and end-of-year giving as well.  There are so many ways of getting involved and one great way is to do our part in our own community, so this should be really simple. Let’s make a point to get out and help and today is the day to take a moment and participate and of course to tell others about #GivingTuesday and how they can make it even more special by participating.

Loving life when I can give to others

PS – if you are looking for a way to get involved here is a way to get a small donation to a charity that you support

If you have twitter (or if you don't, what a time to make one, right?) this is the request:

1. visit Benevity on Twitter

2. retweet the video (it's a nice video about being a good person)

3. @your fav charity. The Greenway Foundation (@gnwyfoundation) is a great option, but really just choose your favorite. maybe a small one that would really feel the $10.

4. Include the hashtag #BeTheGood

 THE END. That's all you have to do to donate $10! Magic, right?

 

Keep going

When on the journey there are a lot of signals that we get that tell us of our progress, the strain we are under and the progress we are making.  And it is important for us to build up a way of thinking about each of the signals, whether they be positive or negative.  For example, when boredom sets in because we have been working on a project or a goal for a long time, we might think about quitting when we need to be thinking about how to stay the course.  For big hard problems, we need to develop skills that enable us to work strenuously toward challenges, maintaining effort and interest over time despite, adversity, and plateaus.  The key is knowing that we can train ourselves to work through these moments and challenges, we just have to be willing to put in the time that will give us the skills to be adaptive and resilient.  So, lets’ stay the course and keep working it – it is after all what the THPL journey is about.

Loving life when I keep going

Share the love

The holiday season is upon us and with it an opportunity to make the next five weeks even more impactful than would be ordinary for our any of us on our THPL journey.  We carry with us an understanding that we are supposed to take care of others and not just ourselves.  And at this time of year when there is a lot of buying and gifting it is important for us to make sure that we share the love with those who are less fortunate, the ones who might be forgotten, and in truth the people who would most benefit from anything we can give them and share with them.  If we are not sure exactly how to do this then there are a lot of great organizations that facilitate the giving process.   So, let’s make some time to take care of others this holiday season, share the love, whether it be, a hug, a donation, some assistance offered they will all have a positive impact. Here’s to a wonderful holiday season – sharing the love, again and again.

Loving life when I share the love!

Black Friday

It’s hard to think about how Black Friday fits in the THPL journey but then again, we are not here to judge others and we believe strongly that, each of us, should all do the things that fit the way that we want to live.  Life is after all about the choices that we make and the decisions that we take.  So, then it is important to cut through the hype that is ever present, especially on days like Black Friday, and think more about our journey and how we can accomplish our goals, and then ask ourselves, does a day like this one get us closer to our goals, does it fit our needs or of those  who defined this day as important to the stores and shops.  It is worth asking the question… that is for sure.

Loving life when I reconcile the role of Black Friday in my life

A most interesting time

As we pass through the 2018 and we press forward there are different times of the year that have themes that influence us and how our journey shows itself.   We are entering the holiday season, one of those times, that is a fun and exciting time.  It might feel, however, that we cannot avoid the challenges of the holiday season.  And it is at this time that we have to build a plan that will carry us through and helps us stick to the goals and objectives that we set for ourselves.  We can combine our THPL discipline with our passion for enjoying the holidays and create a synergy that makes it all feel good.  No reason to make compromises, let’s just make it work, we know how to do this

Loving life when I build a good plan for the holiday season

Happy Thanksgiving!

There are some days while along on our THPL journey that have special meaning and Thanksgiving is one of them.  It is a day of tradition, of thanks, of family, and caring.  It really is good for us to have days like this that we can count on.  A day that allows us a momentary break from all that is pushing us and pulling us along our journey.  So, let’s appreciate that we have at least one Thanksgiving Day a year.  First and foremost, let’s be thankful, let’s share all that we can and be good to others who are in need and then let’s see if we can carry all of the goodness from today into all of the days that follow.  We are after all the same people – if we can do it right one day, we can do it right on many more days.  Happy Thanksgiving to all! 

Loving life when I can celebrate Thanksgiving and all that it represents

Defending our position

It is possible that along the way on our THPL journey that we will be challenged or questioned about the choices that we make on our journey. It is not that what we are doing is not ok to be doing – it could be that others just do not understand our choices.  It does, after all, require some level of context and connection with our goals and the purpose of the journey.  When we find that there is some question it is best for us to take a moment and describe to those who ask “why” our reasons.  They usually appreciate the explanation and sometimes even want to know more about the journey for themselves.  So, let’s keep an open mind about why we are doing what we are doing and be ready to help others understand – it really is a good way to go about living.  For sure!

Loving life when I get the opportunity to explain THPL

We may never go there…

Yes, for a long as we are on our THPL journey, and for as many places as we can get to, there may be some places that for one reason or another we are unable to get to, regardless of will or intention.  This, however, should not make us lack in curiosity, or interest in those places that don’t make the bucket list.  Antarctica, for sure, is one of them.  It is remote, it is costly, it takes a lot of time and it is really, really cold there.  It is good, though, to get connected to what Antarctica is like, through the camera lens and the storytelling of some amazing climbing videographers.   In just a bit more than a minute, the North Face sponsored team has captured the essence of what it would be like to climb in Antarctica.  And while we will never truly feel what they climbers felt on their 17-day trip it is a good approximation and worth every second of the trailer here…..   https://youtu.be/XyZE7n5wu74

Loving life when I am experiencing other lands

Never alone

We do a lot to make it through the journey.  Planning, practicing, evaluating, modifying and more.  And if we are not careful we can miss one of the best things on the journey, that is spending time with others, helping, learning, just enjoying each other’s company.  So, let’s remind ourselves to be in a position to be with others.  It is what the journey should be about – sharing it with others and loving every bit of that.

Loving life when I am with others

Inclusivity

For all of us who have taken the decision to go on the THPL journey there have been many a moment when we had to go it alone.  Our constraints, schedule or otherwise, can make the journey such that we find it hard to do what we want with others.  It is not as much that we want to go it alone, rather it is just circumstance.  And yet, we know that we need to make sure that when we are doing things alone we are not excluding anyone.  We need and want the journey to be inclusive – it is part of what we stand for. We power ourselves and others to achieve their potential and to do so we need to include them in what we do and the journey that we take.  So, here’s to being inclusive, and making the journey great for all.

Loving life when I am being inclusive

Beautiful Destinations

As we start to wind down what it is we have done in 2018 on our THPL journey we start to turn our attention to what it is that we want to do in 2019.  The earlier we think about what it is we want to do the more likely we will actually get it done. And with so many resources available to us to help facilitate the selection process we should have fun doing the research as there are so many beautiful destinations that we can visit and things that we can do next year.  So, let’s get inspired by looking at videos like this https://youtu.be/gYy1RITRN9s and many others and for sure, once we do, we will have a long list of places to go and things to do. Which will for sure ensure that we make the most of our THPL journey next year and the year after that and so on.  Enjoy!

Loving life when I am planning my next adventure

If you say it

There are many things that we learn along the THPL journey.  One of them is that we are in charge of the way that our journey unfolds.  We have agency over what it is that we do and once we get our head wrapped around this life just gets better.  Important to this process is learning that when we say something, commit to something, sign up for something, then we need to make it happen.  How we do it can change from time to time but the intention to get it done, to complete what we committed to – this should not change.  We are in charge of what we commit to so let’s make our “hallmark” that our follow through is even better than our commitment and that everyone can learn to count on us for the commitment to follow through model of .  It is for sure good for all when we do this but especially us.  Here is to saying it and doing it!   

Loving life when I am do what I say.

The nitty gritty

It just sounds cool to say I am getting down to the nitty gritty.  Seems like a fitting statement or declaration on our THPL journey.  It is a phrase that has real feeling and yet it is in the definition that we really can embrace its meaning.  The Nitty Gritty is “the most important aspects or practical details of a subject or situation”.  The quintessence, the heart of the matter.  Now we are getting somewhere.  Yes, when we get down to the nitty gritty it is a deliberate statement and time in the journey when all comes together. It is a declaration to all and ourselves that we are serious about what we are doing and that we are making the commitment to get it done at the right level.  So, let’s think about getting down to the nitty gritty every time we take on a challenge. It is after all what is required to make it happen.

Loving life when I am down to the nitty gritty

Getting cold outside

It certainly is not winter and yet as we move along our THPL journey at this time of year we start to feel the cold just a bit more.  It is a bit startling at first, it is different, we are not used to the cold and it seems to put us in an odd place.  And there is the risk that the cold will influence what we do, or don’t do, and it will affect our planning and organizing.  But after a few more weeks we will start to acclimate to the cold, it will not be as difficult to get around and we will start to do those things that we do in the cold (or at least complain about it less).  Overall, it is a good reminder that we do adjust well to changing conditions, that we can adjust and embrace what it is that we are affected by.  So, here’s to getting past this initial cold wave and embracing winter (which is just around the corner). 

Loving life when I am embracing the cold