Wishing Yourself and Others Well: Loving Kindness

Often, I find it difficult to bring myself back into the moment. It can be a struggle to zoom out from your own problems and gain perspective on this messy planet. Recently, I had a conversation with drummer Gavin Chops (Chelsea Cutler) on Loving Kindness, the practice of cultivating a love for yourself and others. Here are my thoughts on what Gavin had to say:

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How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything

The same way you handle the menial tasks will be the same way you execute every task. The boring conference calls deserve the same level of presence as closing the million-dollar deals. College baseball taught me to take care of the small things, like the warm-up, the same way I approached entering the championship game. How do you get into this mindset? What can you do to cultivate an atmosphere of accountability? Here are some tips that have helped me approach the small tasks with a focused mindset.

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On Making Shitty First Drafts

The first version of any creative pursuit (podcast, YouTube Channel, blog, etc.) will most likely be the worst. Don't let the idea of terrible first drafts paralyze you from starting the journey. As an active podcaster, I know what it's like to feel helpless behind the mic and have frustration running through my veins, but I still sit down every day and do the work. Here are a few words on terrible first drafts that may invigorate you embrace the process:

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Starting a Conversation with a Stranger

Starting a conversation with a stranger can be a terrifying experience. Your body walks towards the other person while your mind tells you to turn back. This situation doesn’t have to be scary. I’ve been the guy who stands in the corner the whole night, and I’ve also been the life of the party. Here are a few ways that have helped ease my discomfort and have fun when starting conversations with new people:

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Why I'll Never Stop Working Out

The gym has been a consistent part of my life for the past 8 years. Throughout that time, my goals have changed, my workouts have shifted, but one thing has remained constant: my time in the gym. For me, no week is complete without 3-5 sessions pushing myself beneath the bar. Have I always been in shape? Not even close. Here are some tips and mindsets from a former fat kid who will never stop working out.

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