POUND & POUR Okanagan Event

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SWEAT SCULPT ROCK & THEN SIP 

Join Ira McNamara and experience one of the fast growing exercise programs on the globe! Arrive at 6pm at The View Winery & Vineyard.  Check out the shop, chill at the picnic tables get to know your pound posse tribe! At 6:30 we set-up and ROCKOUT! It is time to make some noise in a 45 minute POUND Rockout Workout Class.  POUND is the world’s first cardio jam sessions inspired by the sweat dripping fun of playing the drums! But that’s not all after we POUND we stay for a POUR. Your ticket includes a tasting!!!

Come check out the first POUND and Pour event here in the Okanagan.  A fun, out of the box way to get in some exercise and remind ourselves that life is about balance and the people you get to do it with!!! Space is limited.  We anticipate this event selling out so ensure you grab your ticket today.

Thursday August 23rd 6pm to 8pm

TICKETS $25+ tax*

SOLD OUT

EMAIL ira@cornerstonefitness.tv to be added to the waiting list.

NEW DATE JUST ADDED

Thursday August 30th 6pm to 8pm

TICKETS 25+ tax*

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*tickets are non-refundable but are transferable. 

*Obviously 19+ event (must have valid government issue ID) 

In Search Of Rock Flippers

IN SEARCH OF ROCK FLIPPERS (1)

As a kid I was once shown that you could find a spotted salamander under rocks at a pond near my home. The first time a friend found one I was amazed. I would spend hours flipping over rocks to find salamanders!

Flip nope,
flip…nope…..
flip…nope….
maybe the next one is the “one”
…..flip….nope…keep flipping.

A whole day not a single salamander….did not stop me…

Guess where you found me the next day?

Flipping over more rocks. Guess what I eventually found?

I think the eagerness and wonder of being a child is easily lost in adulthood. We somewhere along the line decide to settle, play it safe, shrink our vision, and prescribe to a common way of doing things. We flip over a couple of rocks or even just sit back and witness others flipping rocks with less than desirable results so we default back to scepticism. We stop flipping over rocks and we congregate with others that have stopped flipping over rocks to support our decision to move out of CHILD like wonder and into “responsible” adulthood.

Last year this hard core sceptic started flipping over some rocks again.

I followed my heart and started a new wellness-prenuer adventure. Along the way I found some amazingly inspiring rock flippers. People that proved that as long as you kept flipping rocks you would find what you were looking for. Families that are home-schooling their kids as they travel the world. Single moms who figured out a way to quit their extra part time job and spend more time with their kids and be able to afford vacations. Lifetime rock flippers that are smiling ear to ear and whistling while they work long after they “should have retired” because they are having too much fun to stop!

I am running into a lot of people that have been curious about what I have been up to. The other day I found myself explaining it to somebody using this rock flipping analogy. I have basically been flipping rocks over looking for other child-like rock flippers who in turn join me as we multiply our efforts and treat life like the adventure it is.

Although the “start-up cost” is laughable it’s the worldly grip of scepticism that will rob most of their potential.

It is simple.

Those willing to let go of their grasp on scepticism and find others willing to do the same find the most spotted salamanders!

Scepticism can be overcome, one rock flip at a time.

If you feel me on this thought process I believe it would be in your best interest to connect with me and see if you can get in on one of my informative webinar about this year’s adventures; My heart’s desire is to add more rock flippers to the world. Anybody and everybody is welcome. As June closes and I look ahead I am leading our global team to new exciting heights culminating in an EPIC January 2019 celebration!!! The “best seats” go to those that show up first. Message me if you are ready to learn more and want a spot on a call sometime.

Sincerely, A converted sceptic excited about the future having the most FUN I have been having in a long time —> looking for the same!

Got A New Year Monkey On Your Back?

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It is exciting to dream; to pursue a goal. However the moment you do you inevitably encounter opposition from the people around you.

Example:

New Year!

You: All excited motivated and working towards a dream or goal.

Them: Pointing out all the faults, making insinuations about your past failed attempts or even pointing out other people’s failed attempts. Generally (either unknowingly or purposefully) bursting your motivational bubble.

Why?

Often it is because they gave up on what you are still holding onto hope for.   Sometimes they learned their “give up” posture from personal experience, sometimes it was handed down to them through their influences.

I cannot recall which John Maxwell book I read about this experiment in, but it has always stuck with me.

We are not monkeys.  But sometimes we act like monkeys.  Experimenters placed four moneys in a habitat. At the top of one of the poles there were some nice ripe bananas ready for consumption.  However whenever a monkey climbed the pole to retrieve the banana the experimenters would knock them off the pole with a blast of water. Every monkey gave it continuous attempts only to be knocked off ever time.  Eventually all the monkeys had given up and would no longer make attempts to retrieve the bananas.

Introduce a NEW monkey that had not been privy to all the failed attempts.  Interestingly as soon as the new monkey would start to make an attempt to get the bananas all the other monkeys would get really vocal, they would rush to the pole and pull the new monkey down until you guessed it … the new monkey stopped attempting to reach the bananas.  Note: this NEW monkey never had the negative reinforcement of the water blast.   Eventually the experiment introduced ALL new monkeys and completely replaced the four originally monkeys. All the new monkeys who had never experienced or even witnessed the water blast would no longer make attempts to get at the bananas.

The way I see it. As that New Year’s ball drops in time square ever year some of us monkeys get brave enough to make another go at that pole.  Even though the world has taught us that our attempts are futile we feel a little hope rise in us and we think this time might be different. The other monkeys sit back, fearful, stuck on old mindsets, convincing themselves that trying again will result in the same old, same old.  They see you dash for the pole and they think you are crazy!

“What you doing that for????”

“Have we not tried that already?”

“You remember what happen the last time?”

“I heard my sister’s friend did that and it ended horribly”

“Why don’t you just stay here with me, where it’s comfortable, I gave up on that a long time ago”

“Life is meant to be enjoyed, I do not need to go through the stress of another failed attempt.”

Hey to be fair some of the monkeys just have well intentions, they have been burned and they do not want you to get burned too. But would in not be awful for the monkeys to witness you climb all the way to the top and grab your prize without the interference?

What would that say about their choice to stay put?

How would they have to re-evaluate their choices?

If you were the monkey deciding to stay put it would just be easier if every other monkey decided the same thing as you.

Dreaming big, aiming high?  Don’t let that monkey on your back hold you back.  Distract them, change the subject and when they are not looking snatch those bananas and show them what is possible.  Don’t take it personal. They are just focused on all the ways it could go wrong, hence their decision to stay put.  So when someone starts trying to poke holes in what you are doing just knowingly nod. Ah…. another fallen monkey.

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3rd Annual Christmas Charity Pound Class

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It is that time of year again POUND posse.  It is time to COME TOGETHER to ROCKOUT for a good cause.  This year we have partnered with Kelowna Mom’s Helping Hands. They are raising funds to buy 15 deserving families Christmas this holiday season!!! It is time to make noise, show up in class and life to make an impact in our community! To inspire motivate and bring families a little hope this Christmas and make this season a BRIGHT one.  If you are ready to light it up, grab your TICKETS now!!! This charity has sold out pretty quickly in the past!!!!!

THE CLASS

Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out.

Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements.

Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities

 

When: Friday Nov 24th at 6:00 pm

Where:The House Church 240 Lougheed Road

Cost: $20 a person (all proceeds donated to the cause)

WE ARE SOLD OUT!!! 

Your name will be at the door if you purchased a ticket.  Remember to bring a yoga mat, sweat towel, & indoor footwear.

 

 

 

 

 

2 Ways To Slay Your “People Pleaser”

Slay The PEOPLE pleaser!I look back now and think of all the times I made myself sick with worry over trying to keep other people happy.  One of the healthiest things I have done over the last decade is tame the need to keep other people happy in my life.  There are 2 key concepts I have accepted that helped me create this new very liberating and free environment. I am a better husband, father, friend and coach because of it.

(1) Realizing People Pleasing Is Innately Selfish.

I thought that all my people pleasing made me a better, caring and sensitive person. I slowly came to the realization that that was not true.  Pleasing people was really about accolades.  I was obsessed with needing people to like me.  Which means everything I did was really about me.  I needed to be liked. I needed people to talk highly of me. I wanted people to notice me. I was not making other people HAPPY because I really cared for their happiness it was really about what I would get out of the exchange.  As I slowly began to value myself more and find my accolades in other places I felt the need to be LIKED for the sake of being liked less and less appealing. I began to care less about people liking me and more about adding value to people’s lives.  Sometimes that meant challenging people on some of their hold ups and pushing them to believe that they are capable of more. Which means people will not always like me.  Some people may even avoid me or be repelled by me but other may thank me down the road for the value it added to their life.  I am OK with people not liking me now.  I am a much better coach because of it.

(2) My Own Happiness Was An Inside Job.

I spent a lot of time feeling like a victim to my life.  That all the circumstances and the people around me were conspiring against me.  That I was dealt a lousy card and woke up daily to a life that was happening to me and I felt I had no control over it.  As I prayed and worked through things I walked into a new sense of gratitude and from this place of thankfulness I was able to turn my power back on.  I began to see that the only thing that I was a victim of was myself.  That I determined how I saw the world, the people around me and the circumstance I was in.  That my powerless “victim” state was something I CHOSE rather than something I was inflected with. As I began to question the lens through which I saw the world and trade out my lenses for a better more opportunistic lens I realized that other people could do the same thing.  By taking ownership for my own happiness I realized that I was not responsible for other people’s happiness.  In fact I was preventing people from finding their own happy when I was working so hard to always keep them happy.  I still love on people but I no longer feel responsible for changing their world views, I know that they too decided which lens they are using. If I can be of assistance in influencing them to own their happy great, but it really is not up to me, it is all about what they are choosing for them.  AHHHHHHH what an amazing sense of freedom that has brought me.

These two concepts have change how I build boundaries around the things that matter to me in my life as well as how I communicate with others in life. In the past when my priority was making other people happy instead of owning my own happiness I had very few boundaries. Taking on the responsibilities of other people’s HAPPY left me exhausted and unhappy plus resentful.  I now have been learning how to communicate my needs in relationships as well as learning to listen to the needs of others in my life, so I can actively add value to other people lives by helping them own their HAPPY.

Disclaimer alert: These are my musing and my thought processes. If they offend you or rub you the wrong way I no longer care (lol) You are more than welcome to your own musings and thought processes.  If they add value to your life like they did to mine, great, I am happy I could help.