Balanced Living

2015-05-15 12.03.22

The Audio Journal Format
Alain recently asked a few questions about the audio journal format for my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. He said that he found it fascinating that I managed to record over 600 episodes in light of the fact that he never considered such an audio format to be one that would help generate income or business from such a personal podcast. He wanted to know if I felt that this was a winning formula for me due to the fact that I had already established myself within the podcasting industry. He wanted to know if I thought that such a format would work for someone who is just starting out and where this would be their only show. My response to these questions is the main focus of this episode.

 
 
Five Insights I’ve Gained Over The Past Six Months
Yesterday, I posted a significant blog post celebrating the first six months of consistently maintaining my commitment to putting my helath and fitness above all other life pursuits, including my business. Near the end of this week’s episode, I share five insights that I’ve gained over these past five months.

1. Putting Your Health & Fitness First and finding way to fit in your work
verses being more efficient in your work so that you can find time to fit in your Health & Fitness.

2. The importance of knowing what you’re going to say yes to and what you are going to say no to ahead of time.

3. Starting the day off knowing what the most important one, two or three things I need to accomplish today, that is above everything else.

4. The ability to actually say no to great opportunities that don’t fit within your current plans for the future.

5. Life is lived inside the margin you allow for yourself.

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The Past Six Months Are Just The Beginning!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on May 14, 2015

It has been exactly six months since I announced to the world that I was going to make a few lifelong commitments that would change my life forever. If you haven’t been following my journey, you can hear that announcement in episode 583 of my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast.

The images below show only the outside view of what I’ve accomplished during these past six months. What’s happened on the inside is even more impressive.

May2015BeforeAndAfter

I’ve been documenting my journey by posting daily post workout selfies. As a result of folks seeing the transformation from month to month, I receive a lot of emails asking me questions about what I’m doing and how I got started.

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Too Busy Working On My Business

Are your business pursuits keeping you from living the healthy lifestyle you desire?
If so, you are not alone. I am a recovering workaholic. When I went into business for myself, building my business from the ground up, I worked a minimum of 14 hours per day, seven days a week, without a single day off, for the first nine months. After nine months, I took one day off per week and simply increased the number of hours I worked each of the other six days. After my first full year in business, I ended up in the hospital and almost died.

Here are a few blog posts that I wrote while I was in the hospital

In The Hospital.
Scheduled For Surgery
Now I’m just P—ed Off!
On The Road To Recovery

Once I had fully recovered from surgery, I began to take some serious steps to live a healthier lifestyle. I started working out regularly and eating healthier foods. I began to not only see serious results in myself, but also in the lives of those in my family and my online community.

The image below shows me on the left, my wife, Stephanie, on the right and one of the members of our online community, Maggie Mack, in the middle.

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Over an 18 month period of time, I had lost 60 pounds and Stephanie had lost 72 pounds. However, in the Fall/Winter of 2011, I had got pretty sick with a terrible case of bronchitis that had me out of my workout routine for several weeks. I then had several business trips. I got behind in my work and eventually I got to the place where I was so depressed about how out of control my life/schedule had become that I started to go back to my old eating habits and I avoided going back to my routine of regular workouts. Basically, what was going on in my business was more important than that healthier lifestyle once again. Eventually, I ended up gaining back all the weight that I had lost.

Three years after my first visit to the hospital, I allowed myself to get so out of shape, that I landed myself in the hospital for a second time, thinking that I was actually having a stroke.

What’s worse is that I was so focused on my business that I delayed going to the hospital to get checked out, FOR DAYS, until I could finish up some things with work. You can read my posts from that experience at http://gspn.tv/hospital2012.

Since that second trip to the hospital, I’ve been hyper focused on finding ways to build more balance and margin into life. I’ve been documenting this journey, for many years, in my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. On November 14th, 2014, I had a major breakthrough. Details of that breakthrough were shared in episode 583, and all the episodes released since.

Since November 14th, I’ve maintained my commitment to working out six days a week, every week. I’ve gone back to eating healthy foods. I’ve built in the margin needed to sustain my efforts and I’ve even been successful in maintaining this routine through a sinus infection that turned into bronchitis, an out of town business trip and also a rib injury that lasted for two weeks.

I’ve been posting selfies after each of my workouts. So many people have told me how much this consistency has inspired them. One friend had reached out to me and said they they were really wanting to get back into their health lifestyle habits. When I asked this friend what was holding them back, they responded with a lengthy email about how it was their business that is keeping them from making process in living a healthy life.

I recorded episode 390 of Podcast Answer Man as a response to that email.

I hope that what I’ve shared will inspire you to prioritize your health above your business. I know, firsthand, just how difficult this can be. However, I promise you… It can be done!

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