Crack Talk

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Today we are talking about New Year's resolutions and why they are so difficult to keep. Why is that? What is it about goal-setting and goal-keeping that seem to make them at odds with each other? Psychological studies have shown that failing to achieve goals can create a neurological bias that causes us to 'enjoy' failure! We have to re-teach our brains on how it SHOULD feel when we fail at something. This does not mean we accept our lot in life or presume to believe we are doomed to failure. It simply means learning how to take the good with the bad and understanding the bigger picture. It sometimes means looking at the whole and not the parts.
Mindfulness is becoming the buzz-word of many pseudo-psycho social circles today and they are terribly mistaken its true function and purpose. Mindfulness is not simply sedentary meditation, far from it! Mindfulness gives us a way to increase our enjoyment, vigor, excitement, and immersion into this wonderful world around us. We talk about how to be truly happy and how to identify true happiness by learning immersive mindfulness into everyday life and everyday things that we often overlook as minutiae and mundane. Henry David Thoreau gives us the true definition when he says to 'just be.' Join us today and get on the path to a better you.
Can you think of a time where you either gave a gift or received a gift and it did not go as expected? Did you put a lot of effort or thought into it only to have the recipient not appreciate it, or even worse, get angry about it? What about when you got mad or hurt over a gift you were given? Maybe you feel your feelings weren't considered? Maybe you feel the giver cheated or insignificant because of it? Listen in today as we talk about ways to avoid this dangerous pitfall in all of our relationships.
Have you ever thought about the conversations we have with others? Do they often end in anger and frustration or is there mutual learning and understanding? This doesn't mean you have to change your point-of-view, but are you open to both sides of the argument? It isn't about biting the bullet and admitting you're wrong or swallowing your pride to appease or approve, it just means take the time to consider both sides before jumping into a fight. Join us today as we welcome Alex Riesenkampff of ( and his revolutionary idea to empower conversation.
One week to go until we're all gettin stupid on turkey! It also means one week left until that inevitable family blow-up. We give you a couple tools and techniques to help deal with these pesky, family controversies so you have more time to enjoy food and family. Anxiety can be very difficult to deal with but understanding where it stems from and learning some techniques to quell its impact can go a long way in improving your interactions with others. We take a chip off of this iceberg in our second episode, so hang in there! Oh yeah, we also talk about a horrible movie...
Let's talk turkey! Well...maybe relationships? Why do we have such difficulty maintaining good relationships with our friends? Our neighbors? Co-workers? Our family? As we gear up for turkey day, we all know that family fight is just waiting for us. Something about turkey, family dinners, the looming winter, and the joy of the holidays simply brings out the worst in us sometimes. Family gatherings can be great memories, both good and bad. Join us for our inaugural episode, looking at the 'psychology of everyday life', as we talk about ways we can improve our relationships and reduce the occurrence of blow-ups, creating more good memories and experiences than bad.
With technology looming around every corner and prying its way into every aspect of our lives, how do we keep our human nature human? Social media encourages an environment of selective and selfish behavior by eroding our ability to be empathic (or empathetic, your choice). Today we start the first of a two-part series looking at how lack of empathy and over-abundance of false security can lead to destructive conversations and the decay of social betterment. We all have a responsibility in this social world and maybe 'looking out for number one' isn't the bes strategy. It's gonna be great (and man is it a long one!). Strap in tight our little coconuts, it's a doozy!
The key to managing all of our expectations (of the president, of our spouse, of our boss, etc.) is understanding the reality and accuracy OF our expectations. We cannot expect to have a Hallmark marriage or a textbook boss if it is impossible for those people to actually function in those contexts. Meaning, if our expectation of a spouse cannot be realistically achieved, guess what? We're going to bounce from relationship to relationship. The same is true of employers. If we have an unrealistic expectation, we are going to bounce from job to job. Don't be a Hobbes in wishing for something unattainable. Be Calvin and go for what you can get.
Really, where is the love in today's world? We're not talking about the kind of empty pleading like 'can't we all just get along', but more about genuine compassion and empathy needed to truly make this world a better place. From the 'wall' and the government shutdown, to the tripe that is Facebook, do we really CARE about our fellow humans or are we pressing our own agenda? Today, Jack helps us to figure that out.
We hope you have a wonderful time with friends and family and take time to brighten someone's day. May you have a blessed holiday.
Taking a small divergence from the usual mind things, Jack gives some great sports commentary flying around the pros and college. And to top it all off, he helps us to understand the link between leadership in sports and our favorite word, say it with us...being HEROIC!
'Tis the season to be nice to one another. Really we should be nice to everyone all the time, but just like eating an elephant one bite at a time, be nice to one person for just one day and see what kind of a difference that makes. We all want people to be nice to us, but are we taking time to be nice to others? Not much more we can say here. Have fun with it and see who you can make smile!
Taking the time to objectively and sincerely reflect through our life experiences is one of the greatest actions we can take when we truly desire personal growth. Much like ripping off a Band-Aid, asking the tough questions about our failures can be very painful. It takes fortitude, confidence, self-esteem, and most importantly, a desire to change. Change is not bad. It is uncertain. It is scary. But, it is inevitable. If we learn how to manage our emotions and take what we can from each experience, we can better utilize our superpowers and defeat the bad guys (depression, despair, anger, and resentment) once and for all. However, just like in the movies, we can never eradicate them, so we best make every effort to grow as strong as we can. Frohe Weihnachten!
How do we coach others to become their best? How much responsibility lies with the coach and how much lies with the player? It can be argued where the differences are and that argument is for another day, but it is important to understand the influence and impact that coaches, leaders, managers, supervisors, etc., etc., etc. When that influence (and RESPONSIBILITY, hint, hint, HEROIC) is understood, respected, and appreciated, the impact we can have on others, ourselves, and our peers can be tremendous. Get yer gridirons on, it's time to get crackin!
We like to throw the phrase around, 'forgive and forget' but do we really? Is it even possible? We think what is really being said is, 'don't bring it back up until you can use it against the person or situation that caused it,' right? Well, as you've heard us say over and over, it is all about the journey. Our lives are the culmination of all every wrong-doing, back-stabbing, double-crossing, two-faced, blessing, and favor we ever encounter. Rather than ruminate on them (as Jack likes to say), LEARN from them. Take the time to think through the experience and figure out what you missed the first time. What can you do to add to your journey rather than detract from it? This world only goes 'round once. Make the best of it!
What is your answer if someone asks you, 'What makes you different?' Do you give the business answer and rattle off your accomplishments and accolades? Do you give the self-serving answer and talk about all of your 'charitable' giving? What if the answer lies in the sum of all these experiences? This really is a powerful question and one that bears much introspection. Spend time thinking about what makes 'you' YOU. YOU might just be surprised at what you find. Also, let us know what your favorite Thanksgiving dish is!
What is your answer if someone asks you, 'What makes you different?' Do you give the business answer and rattle off your accomplishments and accolades? Do you give the self-serving answer and talk about all of your 'charitable' giving? What if the answer lies in the sum of all these experiences? This really is a powerful question and one that bears much introspection. Spend time thinking about what makes 'you' YOU. YOU might just be surprised at what you find. Also, let us know what your favorite Thanksgiving dish is!
Today, Jack takes us through the most important life lessons as he delves into what makes the world go round. In a throwback to our inaugural episode, Jack helps dispel some of the mystery that surrounds anxiety and argument at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Why are they such stressful times? It is just dinner!? It is the same thing we do EVERY SINGLE day! You would think this would be fairly simple to figure out, but there is more to this special time of year than a bowl full of cranberry sauce and platters of dry cheese. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Today we talk about the MASSIVE amount of money Mark Zuckerberg lost in this last year ($20 BILLION!!!), but we actually have a point with this. Mostly in his response to his employees, we see his true leadership come out and how it is so recognizable in so many leaders. What we do see are 'anti-qualities.' By this, we mean we see these qualities that appear to be important, necessary, and fundamental to great leaders, but the truth is they detract from the true purpose of leadership, which is to improve the lives of those you lead to THEIR betterment. It is very important that we make these distinctions as we interact with those around us and seek to leverage the influence we are given.
Why do managers, supervisors, executives, moms, dads, and coaches all seem to command attention more than siblings, co-workers, and teammates? It's because of that little title behind their name. Does that make them better human beings? Not in the least. What about the fact that your CEO probably gave more money away in a month than you made in a year? Does that make her/him better? Absolutely not! It all comes down to the human capital we interact with. Do you realize that by investing your time, energy, knowledge, skill, etc., etc. into another person, you WILL become infinitely more valuable than any dirtbag CEO (and I mean CEOs who are truly dirtbags, not CEOs in general)? Think about what makes you truly valuable to someone else? What can YOU do to make others feel that same way? Come on in and see how this shakes out.
How does #embracethesuck and #embracetheadventure connect? Listen up coconuts, as Dr. Seuss would say, “Oh, the places you’ll go” with the help of someone else and not alone. What if connecting with others meant that his or her success was dependent on our investing in them? What would that look like if we all believed that it did it? We plan for tomorrow but live today to create our masterpiece. Is our masterpiece for fame and fortune or something much bigger?
As we move through HEROIC, we encounter Openness next on our journey. Openness is what guides us to new experiences and provides the means to learn. As Maddy and I discuss the heated topic of the qualification marching band as a sport, we weave HEROIC throughout to show ample opportunity for growth and learning. When we learn to see ourselves and our interactions through these six behavioral aptitudes, we begin to notice not only their connectivity, but their absolutely fundamental hold on positive and effective personal growth. It demonstrates so well how we can become generative in our human-to-human influence. We want to know your thoughts though, get on facebook and let us know if you think marching is or is not a sport.
Being fake (or superficial as we like to say) isn't always as simple as it seems. We have the potential (and most likely are) to be fake on a daily basis. When we justify our behaviors with illogical reasoning (i.e. 'I'm the best', 'You're stupid', 'Because I want it', etc., etc., etc.) we can probably be sure superficiality has set in, right? How do we combat this? Well, take a wild guess...HEROIC, right? We counter superficiality with Responsibility. This means rather than seeing an interaction as something for personal gain, how can we view it as gain for the other person? How can we get a fakie frontside 180 on the other person (that means, how can we get them to go a different direction for their enjoyment and betterment)? This is where Responsibility trumps superficiality every time. Make sense? Well, sit back and settle in on this one and we'll explain it.
Just when you thought Halloween was over, Jack shows us how we might be living out every day behaviors as if it were Halloween. It is election day so responsibility is right in the middle of the maelstrom. Being responsible has so many different facets that we could spend the rest of the year just talking about them, but it is important to understand its basic, fundamental meaning and application. Being responsible has humility right there at its core, but also empathy. See what we did there? It's pretty easy once you get it rolling, so whether you are in your car, at the office, or at home, grab your juice box filled with your favorite drink and get your notebooks ready. Jack and I will be unpacking Responsibility and Superficiality from our HEROIC model this week and how they apply to our every day lives.
When did we become so oversensitive to every little thing? I am probably upsetting someone by saying they are oversensitive. It is almost like there is a massive vacuum of self-esteem (or explosion of greed, take your pick) in this country. All we want to do is complain about not being given enough and at the same complain that we were somehow offended in the process! Much like the debate surrounding Georgia governor nominee, Stacey Abrams, who claims she supports the 2nd Amendment and gun control at the same time. What!? Well...I actually agree with her. Get in the game, we got some thinkin' to do!
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Nov 1st, 2017
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Jan 14th, 2019
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