Lessons from Mini-Rebels.

Lessons from Mini-Rebels.

The Monkey Bar Factor. A couple years ago I was just getting to know my now step kids.  Six and eight at the time, we were hanging out on a January morning at the park. The oldest was standing on top of a monkey bar dome with the little one half-way up the side, trying to figure it all out. “How did you get up there?” she asked. His response is actually something I think of this daily, and share with our Bandits at instructor training. “So here’s what you do,” he explained to his sister.  “First, you just climb as high as you can. Then when you’re afraid, you stop.” Ah, I thought. Interesting advice - just do your best and stop when the going gets a little intense. Very safe - responsible-brother advice.  Then he continued. “You close your eyes and ask yourself if you can go farther.  You have to listen to your gut here.” Wow, I thought - he’s getting into the gut!  I was intrigued to hear an 8 year-old’s advice on intuition.  I figured he’d say that if your gut tells you to chill where you are, then you chill…try harder next time. He continued: “If your gut tells you not to go any farther, you have to think really hard for a moment and make sure you’re just afraid. If you’re safe and you’re just scared, then you push against your fear and put ONE HAND on the next bar. Then you ask yourself again - are you safe? You put one foot, and one more hand. You just keep doing that until you get to the top.” I...
The GET Force

The GET Force

Spin it right. The alarm goes off.  After pressing snooze 2 or 15 times, we lay there for a second all cozy under the covers when - WHAMMO -  the endless list makes its appearance.  “Oh man,” we think.  Then it goes a little something like this: I HAVE TO: get up shower dress make lunches battle road construction traffic meet that deadline deal with that jackass (insert frustrating person from of the day) find time for a workout eat kale take the kids to hockey call my mother in law shovel the driveway ….. We’ll stop here; we all know just how long the list is EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  The anxiety sets in. The dread. How the hell are we going to get this all done?  Why don’t we have a 24/7 butler? The GET Force works like this. We don’t have to, Rebel.  WE GET TO.  People who crush life the hardest are the ones with a POSITIVE OUTLOOK.  Nourishing food, careers we love, workouts that feel incredible…all these facets in life are things we GET to have and do. We know this but man, it gets overwhelming some days. Know what else we GET to do?  Say NO. Pay that kid across the street to shovel; ask for help on that project; say no to traffic - walk or carpool.  We can also QUIT.  Sometimes quitting is one of the most renegade things we can do.  Stale friendships, a boring course, soul-sucking projects…how would we feel if we started cutting the cord on things that don’t motivate and energize us? Part of being a Rebel is choosing what we GET TO...