Thoughts

Commit to Something…And Then Do It

No Comments 24 February 2009

What is it that causes us to commit to something? And what is it that causes us to actually follow through and accomplish that which we committed to do?

I always find it interesting when people talk a big game. We’ve all done it. Some more than others. But we’ve all done it.

“Oh, I can’t wait to do X” or “I am so excited to go to X.”

But, when the time comes to do X or go to X, that person doesn’t do it. For whatever reason they don’t. It could be that they’re “too busy”. Or that they’re afraid to actually commit.

You see, the further away something is, the easier it is to commit to doing it. To be more consistent and commitive, we need to understand how we might feel about actually doing X or going to X when we make the decision in the beginning.

How can you do that?

Pretend it’s happening in a few days.

Example: Your friend has invited you to a fund raising event which is 2 months away. You say “For sure, count me in!” You tell her that you want to go (when in fact you don’t) because you hope that in the 2 months leading up to the event, one of several things will happen:

1) The event is canceled
2) Something more important comes up and you can easily bail on your friend
3) Nothing happens but you just end up not going, making up some lame excuse the day after the event
4) Anything else which could help you let your friend more gently than by initially saying “No”

What is it about our society which causes us to do this? Why can’t we just be honest? Or better yet, why can’t we say “Yes I’d love to go” and mean it? I mean really, what other “better” thing do we have to do? Sit at home and watch tv? Go out and get drunk like every other Friday/Saturday? To be a friend to someone means that when they have something going on which is important to them, we try and support them. Even if we can only be there for half an hour.

Riva and Andrew Mackie, the owners of Riva’s The Eco Store (http://www.rivasecostore.com) recently had their 1 year store anniversary. I had things going on before and after their event, but I made sure to stop in and show them my support. I spent about half an hour chatting with them and looking around the store. When I have some funds coming in, I would love to shop there. They really have some great quality stuff.

But anyways, I’m saying that if we commit to something, then make sure you make it a part of your life and follow through with it. If you have no intentions of actually accomplishing what you say you will, then don’t commit to it in the first place. It just creates an expectation on you over time and will disappoint people.

When you say “yes”, mean it.

Thoughts, World Issues

All Work and No Play…

No Comments 21 February 2009

Do you ever get down and it seems to perpetuate and you wonder what’s going on with you, and then other people start to notice as well? Does it happen to correspond with a lack of exercise/eating properly? Funny how they seem to go hand in hand.

Now, I’m no expert on the psychology or nutrition but I’ve talked to several people who are and it seems to be a simple formula to me.

Exercise + healthy eating = Your body and mind working better

Our bodies are the most elaborate machine ever created. If you think about how much we take care of our cars and our houses and other things we’ve bought, doesn’t it seem odd that we don’t put the same care into the maintenance of our bodies and minds? Sure we haven’t purchased those, but our bodies and minds make life possible and without those, we don’t have anything else.

At times it’s easy to lose track of what we’re doing because we get caught in all the bullshit of our daily lives, but if we take the time everyday to do something good for our bodies and minds you will definitely notice your “machine” running much more efficiently.

Even 30 mins per day of something. Go for a run. Read a good book. Go to bed 30 minutes early. Take the time to make time for yourself.

Thoughts

All Work and No Play

No Comments 20 February 2009

Do you ever get down and it seems to perpetuate and you wonder what’s going on with you, and then other people start to notice as well? Does it happen to correspond with a lack of exercise/eating properly? Funny how they seem to go hand in hand.

Now, I’m no expert on the psychology or nutrition but I’ve talked to several people who are and it seems to be a simple formula to me.

Exercise + healthy eating = Your body and mind working better

Our bodies are the most elaborate machine ever created. If you think about how much we take care of our cars and our houses and other things we’ve bought, doesn’t it seem odd that we don’t put the same care into the maintenance of our bodies and minds? Sure we haven’t purchased those, but our bodies and minds make life possible and without those, we don’t have anything else.

At times it’s easy to lose track of what we’re doing because we get caught in all the bullshit of our daily lives, but if we take the time everyday to do something good for our bodies and minds you will definitely notice your “machine” running much more efficiently.

Even 30 mins per day of something. Go for a run. Read a good book. Go to bed 30 minutes early. Take the time to make time for yourself.

Disc Sports, Thoughts

Ultimate Thoughts

No Comments 18 February 2009

So many of my posts have an ultimate theme to them. That’s no coincidence. I love the sport. I love everything about it. When I train, I train so I can be a better player. It’s nice how they go hand in hand.

I thought I’d put down a few thoughts on ultimate and sports in general though.

It’s something that is often said but I don’t think it can ever really be said enough.

Exercise is good for us. Not just health wise, but mind wise. When I’m exercising I feel that I’m able to better process my thoughts and emotions. I feel that I’m better able to figure things out. And I’m happier after working out than I was before. It’s a great ability that exercise provides for me. I’m sure it’s the case for many people.

And many times, we don’t take the time to exercise enough. We use the excuse “I’m too busy”. But then we end up sitting on the couch doing nothing for a few hours when even a 10 minute jog and some stretching would have d0ne our body a lot of good.

So the next time you’re sitting there thinking that you’d really love to work out and you start to say “Oh but I have too many things to do”, make sure that one of those “many things” involves working out. Just a bit each day. And remember that it takes 21 days for a new routine to become habit.

Commit to it.

And I’ll see you when you’re happier.

Crossfit, Disc Sports, Thoughts

Ultimate Thoughts

No Comments 18 February 2009

So many of my posts have an ultimate theme to them. That’s no coincidence. I love the sport. I love everything about it. When I train, I train so I can be a better player. It’s nice how they go hand in hand.

I thought I’d put down a few thoughts on ultimate and sports in general though.

It’s something that is often said but I don’t think it can ever really be said enough.

Exercise is good for us. Not just health wise, but mind wise. When I’m exercising I feel that I’m able to better process my thoughts and emotions. I feel that I’m better able to figure things out. And I’m happier after working out than I was before. It’s a great ability that exercise provides for me. I’m sure it’s the case for many people.

And many times, we don’t take the time to exercise enough. We use the excuse “I’m too busy”. But then we end up sitting on the couch doing nothing for a few hours when even a 10 minute jog and some stretching would have d0ne our body a lot of good.

So the next time you’re sitting there thinking that you’d really love to work out and you start to say “Oh but I have too many things to do”, make sure that one of those “many things” involves working out. Just a bit each day. And remember that it takes 21 days for a new routine to become habit.

Commit to it.

And I’ll see you when you’re happier.

Thoughts, World Issues

Believing in Something

No Comments 15 February 2009

I watched The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, for the 2nd time, tonight. And wow. Although I knew the story line and what to expect, it still moved me. There are many levels to this movie and many things I could talk about, but I also don’t want to give the movie away for those who haven’t watched it.

I want to talk about what is right. And for whom. The Germans thought that it was right to capture Jews and kill them. We obviously know that it’s wrong to persecute someone based on their beliefs (well at least we should). I’ve talked to people about this and there is a fine line between what people define as religion and a belief system. A religion doesn’t (IMHO) allow for interpretation. Whatever is written is what you have to believe and follow. A belief system allows you to pick and choose what you believe in for every situation. I believe in the latter. And I believe that religion has caused more harm to man (err human)kind than anything else. Why? Because people get very angry when someone doesn’t share their belief.

But let’s take this a step further.

What is the right job to have?
What are the right clothes to wear?
What is the right car to buy?

We are so concerned about what is right and what matters to other people instead of doing something for us and because that is what we believe in. Ok sure, people can believe they should have a Coach purse because by having one, that means you are in style. However, why do we believe this? Were it not for marketing (the whole goal of which is to attempt to tell us what we WANT to have). Not that we should make a decision. But that we “want” a particular type of purse or car or watch.

Why won’t we ignore all the noise and bullshit which we’re exposed to on a daily basis and make our own decisions based on what we truly WANT to have. Think about growing up. What did you have. What made you happy? I can guarantee that growing up I didn’t have a lot of possessions or eat out a lot, but I’m not going to give my kids all that I “didn’t have”. I had more than most could ever dream of; a loving family, all the opportunity in the world to play sports and best of all, parents who cared enough to teach me about being a good person. For that, I will be forever grateful.

All I’m saying is that you shouldn’t believe something because someone says so. If a kid is bullying someone, step in and stop them. Let’s start caring more about what matters instead of the extra crap that we spend so much time and money worrying about.

If we did this, our world would be a much more aware place to live in and people would care so much more about each other.

How great would that be?

Disc Sports, Family, Humour, Maritimes, Misc, Thoughts

25 Facts About Me (extended edition)

No Comments 10 February 2009

1. I have many passions but for the past 8 years, it’s been ultimate Frisbee. I frequently dream about playing ultimate. Whenever I see a green field, I think “Wow, that would be a great field to play on.”

2. I miss my mom more than anything in the world. She passed away in 2001 when I was 18 and it still hurts to think about it. She was the most important person in my life and I can honestly say that she was the most honest, most sincere, nicest, most caring person I’ve ever met. And I was lucky enough to have her as my mom. That makes me happy but also hurts that she’s gone.

3. My first love is golf, and I miss playing so much. The last time spent with my mom was on mother’s day when we went golfing. I’ve dreamt of playing pro golf for a long time.

4. I cry during movies. Sometimes. Shhhhh.

5. I’ve never been outside of North America, but I’ve been all over Canada more than most people.

6. I drank for the first time when I was 16 at the prom party for the grade 12’s (I was in grade 11). And the first thing I ever drank was coolers. Which continued to be my bevy of choice; until I got drunk off 3 Mike’s hard when I was 18 and that was the end of coolers.

7. I haven’t weighed less than 200 pounds in almost 6 years, but I can still beat you in a race…

8. I bought my first car ever in Oct of 2007. I miss rollerblading to get around and I think since I’m living downtown now I will do more of that this summer.

9. I miss my family a lot but since it’s so expensive to fly home to the Maritimes, I haven’t gone since Dec 2006. I’m going to go this year and really want to go to our family cottage in PEI.

10. I’m extremely proud to have grown up in the Maritimes and would raise my family there in a heartbeat. I love Calgary and the people here but it’s not the same. If you’ve ever been there, you’ll know what I mean.

11. I’m a very honest person. Sometimes too honest. But that’s how I am and I will live and die by that sword.

12. I have an addiction for Haagen Daas ice cream. The 500ml variety. My favourite kind is chocolate chocolate chip and it made me very sad when they stopped selling it in Canada so whenever I’m in the US for a Frisbee tournament, I try and eat it.

13. One of my favourite things to do is to go to an open field and throw Frisbees. Like, I’ll bring 8 with me. And throw for 2 hours. By myself. It’s almost like my form of meditation. Ask me to go throw sometime and you better believe I’m there.

14. I think Frisbee golf is one of the best sports ever. Especially when me and the boys play the Majestic. Ask me about the Majestic and maybe I’ll tell you. If you’re lucky enough.

15. Rhubarb is to me what shrimp is to Bubba Gump.

16. I have built 3 of my own computers. I learned by watching other people and reading about it online. It’s fun being able to do that. But ask me about cars, and I have no clue. But I can bullshit and pretend I know what I’m talking about…sort of.

17. I have been designing websites for 6 years and my proudest accomplishment was doing the Umbilical Brothers website for 4 years. They are 2 hilarious guys from Australia who do shows all over the world and I still haven’t met them. But they might be in New York in April/May and I am planning that trip already. I am beyond pumped to meet them. And to see my good friend Deb (whom I met through the forum I built for their website).

18. I have been on television 3 times. And recognized once from an appearance. For being on Street Cents, when I was living in Halifax. I felt like a celebrity. It was pretty special.

19. I have a plastic canvas calendar sitting in my drawer which I started over 8 years ago. I want to finish it one day. It’s an Olympic themed calendar. Maybe I’ll try to have it done by the 2010 games.

20. I can throw a Frisbee longer than a football field.

21. I once shaved my whole body. It took a really long time and I probably wouldn’t do it again. But I liked how my muscles looked really defined, haha I used the shaver from https://factschronicle.com/best-electric-razors-of-2017-revamping-your-outlook-by-shaving-1377.html, even though it was meant to be only for my beard. But I didn’t like how itchy it was when the hair started growing back in.

22. I’ve dyed my hair blond twice. Once it turned orange because I didn’t have enough dye. The other time it was very light and I liked it. Would I do it again? Why not?

23. I used to be really really funny in grade 8. Like make people fall out of their chairs laughing funny. Then in the summer between grade 8 and 9 I grew up. I remember reading Sphere by Michael Crichton and feeling more mature. I still make people laugh. But not like grade 8, oh man.

24. I love dogs. Like I can’t wait to have a house with a yard so I can get a dog. I think they’re the greatest pet ever.

25. Since I’ve been told I’m random, I’ll throw in a very random fact. I was suspended in grade 3 for one day because I pulled a knife on a kid. It was my grandfather’s and I happened to have it in my pocket. Not sure why I did it. But I haven’t done it since.

Thoughts

What Calms You?

No Comments 10 February 2009

When you feel overwhelmed by life, how do you relax and take time for yourself?

Some people read a book.

Some drink some wine.

Others exercise.

Some listen to music.

And some meditate.

But, what do you do to find your center, or to calm down and relax?

Thoughts

Being Happy

No Comments 08 February 2009

A lot can be said for doing what you love. I’ve written about it before. And many people before me have as well. But what it comes down to is doing what makes you happy. Many of the things that make you happy are also things that you love. It’s kind of nice that they go hand in hand. So everyday, plan to do something you truly love.

It could be drinking your favourite coffee.

It could be going for a run.

It could be giving your favourite person a hug.

It could be listening to your favourite band.

It’s easy. Pick just one thing everyday that you love and do it. And while you’re doing it, enjoy it. Because you’re lucky. Don’t forget that.


About Rob


Rob "Frisbee Rob" McLeod is a motivational speaker and frisbee ambassador living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He competes in ultimate, disc golf, dog disc and overall flying disc competitions. Rob currently holds 6 Guinness World Records, 10 World Championships and the Canadian Distance Record.

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