What or Who is Sucking the Marrow Out of Your Life?

Most people realize that bone marrow is pretty important. Without it you die. Problems with it and you still die, just slower. That’s where the saying about sucking the marrow from your life came from.

In this pic, Dr. McCoy is sucking the marrow from humans to create a class of super mutants. You may not think your life is that dramatic, but it is. It’s also way more important. It’s your fracking life we’re talking about.

Find out where the marrow suck is happening and put a stop to it right now.

If you need help with the diagnosis, give me a call. I’ll coach you through it.

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This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Starting the Advocare 24 Day Challenge

I’ve been an Advocare junkie for a while, mainly so that I can get the hefty discount on personal use products. My friend Bill is also an avid user. I had lunch with him the other day, and he told me about his goal of pushing his body through fitness and nutrition just to prove what a 40-plus year old man can do. He’s already made huge strides in that area by setting a new PR on the 5K at 42 years of age. After our lunch the other day, I was inspired to push my own personal fitness.

I went home and immediately ordered a 24 Day Challenge from Advocare to jumpstart my efforts. The package arrived a couple days later, but there was a holdup before I could get started. After talking to one of my coaching clients about my plan, she wanted me to wait to get started so we could challenge each other for added momentum. Anytime my clients get excited about change, I jump all over it. After all, it’s my job to inspire change.

So, for the next month there will be a few posts here and there about our progress. There will be talk about pounds lost, sugary snacks thrown away, and monstrous bowel movements instigated by the Herbal Cleanse. You’ll love it! Don’t worry, I won’t post any photos of the last item mentioned.

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Just to give you a primer, here’s our basic stats-

 

Dr. Dave (me)

  • 39yo. I turn 40 in January.
  • 246 pounds with a goal of 220
  • 16% body fat with a goal of 10%
  • Moderate physical condition
  • Main problem- too much abdominal fat
  • Primary goal- all-around fitness for multisport efforts such as mountain climbing, golf, and a first triathlon

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Client

  • Female
  • 267 pounds with a goal of 180
  • Mid-thirties
  • 40% body fat
  • Poor physical condition
  • Main problem- wrecked body shape and size after multiple pregnancies
  • Primary goal- a return to pre-pregnancy fitness

 

An interesting item to note is that this client didn’t sign on with me for physical conditioning. She became my client more for personal goals and business related ventures. She has several lifelong goals and business ventures she would like to accomplish that she needs a little push to reach for. This just goes to show you how much physical fitness affects everything else. I guarantee that once she’s in better shape that she’ll have more energy and willpower to achieve her goals.

With that said, what are your fitness goals?

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

 

Have You Set Your Plans for 2013 Yet?

I learned a trick from my friend and business guru Dan Miller. He sits and plans out the coming year each November. He analyzes everything. He sets schedules. He makes calendars. He decides what he’s going to keep doing next year. What he’s going to stop doing next year. He decides what needs changing. He takes into account not only his professional life, but his personal one as well. I’ve heard him talk about this several times. If you look at his life both personally and professionally you can see that it works.

I do the same thing, but I haven’t been doing it long. I can look at the previous years when I did not plan and compare them to more recent ones. Big difference.

I’d like to help you do the same thing.

Part of the job I do as a Cultural Architect is helping folks plot and plan their lives so that things work better. In other words, they create lives in which they dictate more of what happens instead of life attacking them and grabbing them by the collar and tossing them around. When life does that…poof! Another year gone.

It’s mid-November, which means that you have a month and a half to get ready. Around 45 days to discover what 2013 holds for you.

That’s why I’m taking on 10 more clients in November and December for Annual Planning Sessions. My conference and training calendar slows down these two months and I have a little more time available for meetings. I’d like to take that time to help you.

Here’s what we do…

  1. Analyze your current path and how it fits your goals
  2. Look intently at your goals and see what’s standing in your way
  3. Check out what you need to eliminate from your life to make room for the magnificent
  4. Make definite plans for the coming year that will impact your life for the better

At that point, all you have to do on January 1 is forget the resolutions and proclamations and just work the plan.

If this is something that might work for you, drop me a line. You can find me here, on Facebook as “DrDavid Powers”, on Twitter as @drdavidpowers, or at my e-mail address of Docbeaker@aol.com.

Put Me In Coach

Ran across this bit o’ article in a construction magazine. The article was about dreams and how important they are to the success process. This section mentions coaches and their part in the process. This is one area that people tend to dismiss, often choosing to spend years toiling slowly and tortuously through life when they need help, instead of simply asking for it. Wherever you are in the process, I’m sure there’s someone out there that could help you along.

The fact that you ask for help doesn’t mean that you’re lazy. It doesn’t mean that you’re stupid. It just means that you could use some help, some technical advice, or some motivation.

This is what I do. Sometimes I help people move a few steps ahead. Sometimes I help them break through a barrier to see what’s on the other side.

Pushing Buttons and Providing Opportunities

As most of you know, I’m a huge sci-fi and pop culture nerd. I enjoyed watching the short lived micro-episodes of The Booth at the End on Hulu. It was an interesting show about a mysterious Man played by Xander Berkeley who helps people get their desires if they will do something he asks. It’s how I work with my clients by asking them to do the things that make their passions come alive.

I pulled an interesting set of quotes from one of the episodes that really resonated well with me. These are from season 1, episode 4 titled I Have My Reasons.

 

Client- “She says how you make things happen.”

The Man- “I don’t.”

Client 2- “He doesn’t make things happen.”

The Man- “I provide opportunities.”

Client 2- “It’s like he gives you a button, and you can push it to get what you want.”

 

That’s what I do for my clients…

Present intel.

Provide opportunities.

Push buttons.

Writing Your Obituary

Parade magazine (the one that comes free in most of your Sunday papers) just released their annual What People Earn issue. I always love reading through it. One of my favorite television stars also made the cover this time around- John Krasinski (Jim from The Office). The article lists a big cross-sampling of people around the nation from various occupations. It always makes me think, am I making what I’m worth or what I should be? It’s hard to approximate my career path with the standard ones often shown though, as I’ve created a niche that not many people work in.

This time an occupation grabbed my attention because I actually do the same job, except completely different. One of the profiles was Elinor Brecher, 62yo, who works as an obituary writer in Miami, FL making $75,713 a year.

Let’s get the obvious part right out of the way before I comment further…$75 grand for writing obits? Seriously? How in the world? Okay, now, let’s move on.

As many of you know, a primary facet of my Cultural Architect profession is personal coaching. I encourage and help my clients write their own obituaries. A big caveat of my process is getting people to live their bucket lists and write their own obits while they’re still healthy, alive, and thriving. In other words, what would you want people to read about you when you die?

A loving grandmother with 39 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

A rock climber who died forging a new ascent of an unclimbed mountain.

A serial traveler who simply disappeared one day in an unknown location.

A business owner who used his profits to fund a children’s home.

So I guess I write obits for a living or at least I help write them. It’s up to you to decide what is written. But it’s something you should go ahead and write now before it’s too late.

Is Coaching Right for You?

I hate the term “life coach”. Even though I hate it, it’s one that I use very often, because that’s what most easily defines what I do. Aside from the inevitable “what do you do?” question, I’m often asked “how does that work?” or “why would I need that?” The very last question is actually much easier to answer than the first two. The easy answer is that most people need some type of coaching to help them reach their definition of success even if they don’t realize it.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself to see if hiring a coach is something that might help pave the way to your dreams. I actually use many of these questions when I do free consultations. Read through them and answer them on your own. Consider it a free consultation.

Are you truly satisfied with your life the way it is?

Do you want something more from your life, beyond what you are presently experiencing?

Do you want something more from your career, beyond what you are experiencing?

List two of your “dreams” for the future.

Have you done anything at all this week to help make your dreams become reality?

Are you satisfied with your business results, or career results?

Are you doing what you really want with your life?

What are your two most identifiable weaknesses?

Did you do anything during this past week to help yourself “overcome” these weaknesses?

Are you living your life with passion?

Do you know that you have “potential” and are capable of accomplishing more?

Do you feel like you’re all boxed in, or are you at a crossroad and don’t know which way to turn?

What are your two greatest “strengths”?

Have you done anything during the past week to further build on these strengths?

Do you feel like life is coming at you so fast and furious, that you’re having a hard time just keeping up?

Do you want to earn more money?

Do you need more time?

Is there something that you are afraid of stepping out and doing?

Are you committed to making changes in your life to achieve more of your full potential?

If you had someone to guide you and help you, are you ready to do the work to make your dreams come true?

Do you know what you “really” want out of life?

Do you know how to get it?

Is there anyone in your life that is totally (100%) …. supporting and encouraging you?

Are you tired of playing it safe, or afraid to step out of your comfort zone?

How long have you been saying “someday I’ll …..”

At the risk of sounding like the answer key to a magazine quiz, I have to say that if you answered all those questions honestly, then you might realize that you could use a coach. A life coach is really just someone who helps, encourages, and sometimes pushes you to shoot for the stars. Imagine me like a football coach. Sometimes there’s a gentle nudge of praise- “Come on. You can do it. You just need to try your best.” At other times, there’s a more obvious push. “Get off your butt and move!”

A coach is free to help you see the big picture without having to face all the ordinary distractions that you face in your life. Sometimes it’s hard to fix our own problems when we also have to simultaneously deal with family, school, work, church, and everything else that happens all at once. Part of my job is to pull my clients away from that at least for a moment so we can work on a plan to fix things. When I coach my clients, one of my first tasks is to discover their idea of a perfect life where they can live their passions and lead a rich life. Finding this answer often reveals that they are in the wrong place in life, perhaps the wrong job or that life is just way out of balance. Finding the answers isn’t always easy, but is often very satisfying. Then the really hard work of making the perfect life a reality begins. That’s when we face, manage, and deal with all the distractions that come roaring back in as soon as the appointment is over.

It’s very fun and gratifying work. There’s no better thrill than seeing someone with little hope of an enjoyable life finally make the turn and cry out in joy. If you think a coach might be the right choice for you, drop me a line. I’m always willing to meet a new client for coffee or lunch. It won’t cost you anything but the meal and you can check me out to see if I might be able to help you.