Of course, you do.
It's just that most people keep their quirks to themselves.
I've got to be me. Strange as I am.
First, what does quirk mean anyways?
The official definition of quirk is "a peculiar behavioral habit".
So, in an effort to share more about me with you, here are five quirks about me. Maybe you knew these, maybe not.
After you finish reading, please leave a comment below!
I love Christian hip hop
Yes, there is such a thing.
What is Christian hip hop?
It's awesome hip hop music with one BIG difference: it's all about the Bible, Jesus and all that He has done for us.
Of course, there's no swearing in it.
You can catch me listening to this music on my daily runs or whenever Michelle is out shopping (it's not her cup of tea, as much as I've tried to convince her!).
My favorite Christian hip hop artists include:
Tom Corner's drive is to help awaken those who are sleepwalking through life. As a seasoned radio and podcast guest, on a personal mission to improve himself as a father, husband, colleague, and member of the community, Tom explores topics that others are often fearful of touching on.
His dream is to help people of all ages find their path in life. Tom has welcomed success into his life in pursuit of his dreams and desires of attracting love, laughter, and abundance into his life. His passion includes health & fitness, mindfulness, and deep spiritual exploration.
In this episode, Tom and Mark talk about how fear can be both crippling and enlightening, intentional positivity, toxicity, and meditation.
Have you ever heard the phrase, "getting old sucks"?
Of course, you have.
We all have.
Do you agree with it or not?
Personally, I don't. Not one single bit.
Can getting old be an inconvenience?
Do things start to hurt?
Are you able to do as much as you used to be able to do when you were younger?
I look at getting old as a blessing
Think about these seven reasons why it's truly a blessing to get older. In the comments, feel free to add your own.
1. You're wiser - as you age, you obtain experience. Yes, knowledge from books, courses, higher education, seminars, and such are great...but nothing is more powerful than knowledge accumulated through actually living your life.
2. You increase your discernment muscle - discernment is defined as "the ability to judge well." Let's be honest, it's more challenging if not impossible to be discerning when you're younger. Ask yourself if this isn't true. Think back to your younger years....
Mike Cameron is a Canadian writer, speaker, philanthropist, ultramarathoner, and advocate against Gender-Based Violence. Mike went from literally bagging shit to founding, building, and running an award-winning multi-million dollar business. As a sales and leadership authority, Mike has studied and spoken on the impact that emotion has on human behavior for more than two decades. He has worked with a variety of nonprofits and charities to pave the way for a violence-free future. Today he designs programs to assist men to tap into their emotions in a real and authentic way using his Emotional Reconnection Practice.
In this episode, Mike and Mark talk about the impact emotion has on human behavior in this time of our lives and Mike's SOAR framework.
Having a list of things you need to do is great. If you're doing this, you're ahead of so many people. But you can't stop there.
You need to take these tasks/projects and prioritize them.
Here's how to do that.
The ODAE Method
Over the course of several days (2-4), make a list of everything you do throughout your day.
No judging. No editing.
If you can, do it absentmindedly as I don't want you really paying attention to what you're right...yet.
Then, put the list away for at least a day. In fact, pretend you didn't even do the exercise. Go about your day as you normally would.
After this day, schedule at least an hour to review your list.
Go through every single item ODAE it!
Outsource whatever can be outsourced.
Delegate whatever can be delegated.
Automate whatever can be automated.
Eliminate whatever can be eliminated.
If you don't know how to outsource, delegate, automate, or eliminate...
Bunny Young is a stuntwoman turned serial entrepreneur and service animal advocate who is obsessed with work-life alignment. She's the proud mother of two incredible daughters and married to a sexy handsome Army man (her words, not Mark's! LOL).
In this powerful episode, Bunny and Mark talk about the difference between work-life balance and work-life alignment, self-awareness & self-management, and burnout.
Contrary to what I'd like to think, I was not born Mister Productivity.
Actually, as a little boy, I wanted to grow up and be a firefighter like my Dad.
Dad worked his way up from a rookie all the way to Chief and then President of the Chili Fire Department (New York State).
I was so proud to be the son of a firefighter. So much so that I even became an emergency medical technician and then a volunteer firefighter myself.
But it was not my calling.
In all honesty, I didn't know what my calling was. Or what a calling was!
In 1997, I become involved in inventory control management. I remember thinking maybe, just maybe, this would be my calling. My career.
And then I was fired in July 2005
I was in inventory control management up until the fateful day when I was terminated (I don't write "lost my job" because I know where it is! They took it from me!). But, quite honestly, I was on autopilot all these years. I knew what I was doing but there was no passion. No fire in my...
Everyone has habits. Things they do every day.
But not all habits are created equal. While some are good, others...not so much.
Think about the habits you have. Those things you do every day.
Seriously, as you read these words, take a moment and think about your habits. I would even suggest you get out a sheet of paper or a notebook and write down every habit you have. There's power in seeing them on a sheet of paper in your handwriting.
Now, next to each habit you wrote down, write the word GOOD or BAD.
How do you know?
If a habit it helping you move toward your goals because it makes you feel good, stay on task, start something, gives you energy, etc., then it's a good habit.
If it is just the opposite, then it's a bad habit.
Habits come and go
As you continue your journey in this thing called life, you will pick up habits (both good and bad). Be cognizant of your habits. When you find yourself with a bad habit, figure out how you can...
Anna Vocino is a voice-over talent and stand up comic who also happens to be a Celiac who writes cookbooks. She co-hosts the “Fitness Confidential” podcast with Vinnie Tortorich. She has voiced hundreds of commercials, cartoons, movies, promos, radio stations, and video games, which is a super cool day job to support her passion for food blogging and cookbook authoring. Her cookbook and Amazon bestsellers, Eat Happy and Eat Happy Too have 320+ easy to make low carb recipes that are all delicious comfort food free from sugars and grains. Anna hails from Los Angeles and cooks for a husband, a teenage daughter, and a tiny dog.
In this episode, Anna and Mark talk about carnivores, vegetarians, vegans, sugar, processed foods along with a whole lot of fun.
Procrastination is a real thing. And EVERYONE deals with it. It's just that high performers procrastinate much less than other people.
How much do you procrastinate? Most people tend to underestimate themselves. Take a moment and think about your past 24 or 48 hours. How many times did you procrastinate? If you take the time to do this exercise, it will probably be very eye-opening.
Let me help you stop procrastinating. Here are 7 ways to overcome procrastination.
Take the time to plan what you want to do.
Don't rush this process. And don't make things up on the fly. I highly encourage you to create a running list of things you want to do. That way, when you sit down to plan your time, you have your list and you can pick things off of your list that you can fit into your day.
My suggestion: do your planning on paper first and then transfer it to your phone. It makes the process more intentional.