Monthly Archives: October 2016

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Success Profiles- Retired S.C. Firefighter Raises $1 Million for Hands-Free Hose

I coach people in high risk/high stress occupations and help them find enjoyable second careers after spending time in uniform. Because of that, I enjoy coming across success stories of folks who hit the ground running after their time downrange.

I came across this one in an EMS newsletter. I hope it encourages you and provides the motivation you need to keep moving forward.

Retired S.C. Firefighter Raises $1 Million for Hands-free Hose

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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Announcing Our Newest Sponsor…Peak Energy Performance Therapy

I wanted to announce the newest sponsor who is assisting the Powers family on our adventures. Carrie Lane and Peak Energy Performance Therapy will be helping us with a program we need to turn our bodies into finely tuned human performance machines.

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Carrie Lane with Meghan Briggs, a track and field star at the University of Virginia. *Do not stand in front of her if she’s holding a javelin!

If you’ve known me long, you know that me and all the kids are always into something sporty and adventurous. Up until now our fitness protocols have kind of been hit or miss. Don’t get me wrong, we haven’t been lazy. It’s just that there was never a master plan to what we were doing to stay fit and improve on that. Carrie and her crew will be assisting with that. She’ll be whipping us into shape with specialized workout plans that deal directly with our goals.

Here’s a rundown of what we’re getting into these days…

Me- 41yo, prepping for a Goruck Tough Challenge that promises 10-12 miles of fun with a 30# pack

Abishai- 12yo, prepping for a spring baseball season as a third baseman

Benaiah- 9yo, prepping for his first half-marathon in the spring

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I’ve known Carrie Lane for a while. I’ve even been rock climbing with her once or twice.  She’s amazing and quite famous in athletic circles for her coaching ability. She’s had a successful career coaching college and professional track and field athletes.  Now she designs online training and lifting plans for outdoor-minded athletes, namely mountaineers, trekkers, alpine climbers, and distance runners. This fits perfectly into what our family busy with.

I’m really looking forward to what she’s gonna do for us. Stay tuned here and on my social media outlets as I’ll be posting frequently about our progress.

Be sure to check her out at Peak Energy Performance Therapy. Here’s an awesome interview my son did with her about coaching- My Interview with Running Coach Carrie Lane. She’s one of his role models, and he wants to be a running coach when he grows up.

If your company is interested in sponsoring us as well, please get in touch.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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Quit Making Dumb Goals. Make them S-M-A-R-T.

I teach a lot on goal-setting at various conferences and with my coaching clients. Depending on my time with them, I may delve deeper into other related issues, but a core piece of my goal-setting process is the SMART method.

The SMART method is pretty easy and simple to remember. It’s one of the reasons I use it. It stands for…

S- Specific

M- Measurable

A- Achievable

R- Results Based

T- Time Oriented

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Here’s an example from my own life…

At the beginning of the year I weighed 243 lbs. My goal for the end of the year is to weigh in as a light heavyweight at 206 lbs or less. That means a loss of 37 lbs for the year, 3.08 lbs per month, or 0.71 lbs per week. Now this is a SMART goal.

Specific– Weigh in at the end of the year at 206 pounds or less.

Measurable– I can look at the scales and see if I’m on track or not.

Achievable– 0.71 pounds per week is very achievable and healthy. Something crazy like 5 pounds per week would be unhealthy.

Results Based– The entire goal is based on my weight results.

Time Oriented– Get it done by the end of January 31. Maybe if I do better than expected I can eat more junk on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the end of the year and meeting my goal.

As of my weigh-in on Monday I’ve lost 5 lbs in 7 weeks, which is 0.71 lbs per week, give or take 15 or more decimal places. I’m right on schedule so far. This is even better than you think because I started my new lifestyle change halfway into January. I’m still going to stick with the beginning of the year as my start date though.

That’s it. I’m doing great on my plan, have set a great set of goals, and I’m well on my way to success. I want you to do the same. I recommend starting small, like this…

  1. Take something you consider a goal or a dream. It could be better fitness, a cruise vacation, or anything that sits unaccomplished.
  2. Grab a piece of paper and write that goal at the top.
  3. Go through the SMART method with your goal. Do not skip any steps. If it doesn’t fit SMART, then you may need to change the goal so that it does.
  4. Now complete it.

I hope this plan helps you. If you would like to delve deeper into goal-setting, please get in touch. I frequently speak at conferences on this topic and also use it to coach individuals in high stress/high danger occupations in career transition.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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My fave goal-setting book by Brian Tracy

Disclaimer- I didn’t invent the SMART method. I first heard it taught in college. The method was first presented by George T. Doran in a 1981 issue of Management Review. 


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Is Your Team Anything Like the Star Wars Crew?

Aside from the obvious enjoyment of interstellar travel and light saber duels, the Star Wars movies offer a great many lessons in other areas. Because team building is a primary focus of my speaking, I would like to point out a few lessons from Han Solo and others as they relate to teams.

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  • Small teams can accomplish great things. Rebel Alliance- 2, Death Stars- 0.
  • Every team needs an Obi-Wan Kenobi to serve as the gatherer to bring members together. This person may or may not be the team leader. It just depends.
  • The goals are sometimes more important than the team itself. Sometimes people, products, or processes are sacrificed to reach the goal. Luke Skywalker’s arm is never gonna grow back.
  • Sometimes teams need to come together for a season and then disband when the job is done. The main crew in Star Wars is constantly evolving.
  • Teams don’t always have to get along perfectly to work. Just think about all the constant infighting among the Star Wars crew.

There are so many more lessons to learn. If you want to see all of these principles in play and realize your own, have your team sit down and watch a few or all of the movies and analyze them in terms of team building.

I hope this helps you and your team. If you would like to delve deeper into team building, please get in touch. I frequently speak at conferences on this topic and also use it to coach individuals in high stress/high danger occupations in career transition.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Buy the original Star Wars trilogy and watch it as a team


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Should CPR Training Be Required in High School?

Should CPR Training Be Required in High School?

It’s a good question, and, for at least one school district in the United States, it’s been answered. Check out this recent headline- D.C. Requires CPR Training for High School Graduates.

Personally, I think it’s one of the smartest ideas to come out of DC in a long time. If your school system doesn’t require it, you should always consider getting your kids trained in CPR and first aid. It’s just a smart thing for a parent to do.

It’s easy for me because I teach it, but I certified my kids in CPR for Adults and Kids, First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens while they were in grade school. We’ll do a refresher every year.

You should see them at the airport or mall pointing out all the AEDs!

If you’re near the Chattanooga area and want your kids trained, just get in touch. I also do medical courses for non-medical people at many of my conference appearances.

Whatever you do, put the ability to save lives in their hands!

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”

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Got Ruck?

How many of you out there enjoy rucking for exercise? I’m hoping it’s not just the former military guys that do it. Check out this article about me that just came out recently. I hope it will stoke your fires!

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.CallSignRedbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

PS…This article makes my baby girl’s first appearance in the media!


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