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2010 – That was not easy – but easier…

December 31st, 2010 by Gallagher John 2 Comments

Don’t you wish we had one of these buttons for ‘life’?  Hard to believe that 2010 has come and gone.  In the Gallagher household, it was another year of growth for us as a family.  Somewhere I heard that the 3 most stressful things in life to do are: 1) get married, 2) start a new job, and 3) move. 

Well, thanks to my very understanding and beautiful wife, Chris, I won’t have to complete number 1 any time in the near future, but we did go through 2 and 3 this year, aside from all the other fun stuff!!

In April, I started a new chapter in my career with Simpler, Inc as a Senior Consultant.  I have found this new opportunity to be challenging and rewarding.  Then, in June, we sold our home to a nice family and moved down the street into a home that we had been building for nearly 2 years.  The real estate market, to say the least, has posed MANY challenges  over the past few years, not just 2010.

To say that it was an EASY year would be a lie.  However, I know that it was EASIER as a result of having my own written Life Plan to provide a filter for some of the decisions that I needed to make in 2010.  Many tough choices were made in our family this year.  Choices that have us all looking forward into 2011.  There are too many people to list that I need to thank for pouring into our lives this year. 

Thanks for reading my posts this past year.  It is my wish that they add value to your life. 

So, was your 2010 easy?  Let me know how it went by commenting below!!

“The stairs are my friend” – Right?

December 7th, 2010 by Gallagher John 1 Comment

One of the disciplines in my Fitness ‘account’ that I work hard on is to have 225 total minutes of cardio and weight training per week.  When traveling, I don’t have a gym membership.  The hotel fitness center is nice, but the treadmill can get boring real fast!  So, my friend and fitness coach, Che Torry,  of Lifewise Fitness encouraged me to become friends with the hotel stairs and designed a cardio workout for me.  Click the video below to see:

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I would love to say it was ‘fun’, but at least it’s not the treadmill!!!  I have to keep saying to myself…the stairs are my friend!

When you travel, what are some creative workouts you do to stay with your fitness disciplines?

Take your Thinking to another level…35,000 feet!

November 21st, 2010 by Gallagher John No Comments

One of the disciplines I have struggled with over the years is taking the time to do intentional ‘Thinking’.  Specifically, I have not invested the  time to intentionally review my personal vision (Life Plan) and Business Plan on a regular basis. 

During BCE2010, many of the coaches and participants talked about the need to take time for thinking.  I heard things like:

– Top performers have a discipline of Thinking

– The Life Plan is only 10% writing it and 90% living it – JUST READ IT!!

– Read it, Carry it, Share it, Update it

I wanted to get better at this discipline of thinking and I looked for blocks of time that I could use to be more intentional.  Currently, I travel via air 2 to 3 times per month.  I had ‘captivated’ time on an airplane where the distractions are significantly reduced (unless I am sitting next to someone who snores!).  So, I decided to use my air time to review the life plan.  My new discipline includes:

1) Carrying the life plan with me (had to change from the BCE2010 issued binder to a flexible binder)

2) Read the life plan

3) After reading, do a check-in on how I am doing.  Working with Coach Raymond, I chose the K, S, S.  What are the things I need to Keep, Start, and Stop doing?

This new discipline has worked really well for me.  There have been specific improvements as a result of this discipline conducted while traveling.  So, whether you travel via air or not, I highly suggest blocking time off in your calendar to review your personal and business plans AND use a process like K,S,S to improve those plans.

So, when are you doing your intentional Thinking time?  What are the things that keep you from doing that on a regular basis?

BCE – 2010 Reflect, Plan Connect

September 22nd, 2010 by Gallagher John 13 Comments

Recently, I attended BCE2010 in Bend, OR.  It was a great time to get some r&r and reflect on those things important in my life.  Below is a video summary of my 4 days and some of my takeways.  Be sure to turn the volume up.  This was my first attempt at video blogging and the audio is a little ‘low’.  Comments welcomed AND encouraged!

Having trouble viewing the video in your browser, click here: BCE 2010 – Takeways

Thanks to Daniel Harkavy @ Building Champions for the ‘challenge’ to step outside the comfort zone just a bit and let the palms sweat!