A Change of Environment

Here’s a shot from my recent workshop I gave on fitness.

Short and Sweet

That’s what today’s post will be.

I’m in between some big (and fun) projects at the moment, but wanted to share a brief thought with you…

Hitting the wall

Sometimes during bouts of creativity, the creative juices stop flowing. This can be referred to as “writer’s block”, “creative drought”, or “hitting the wall” (my favorite). When these moments come, change is needed.

For my wifey and I, one of the biggest and best sources of rejuvenation we can find comes from traveling. Be it a road trip, a flight, or even a short drive into our local city. It gets us out of our working environment (the house) and lets us do a number of different things: See some sunlight, meet some new people, see new sights.

Often this change in environment gives the mental cleansing that helps us remove stress, get over mental barriers, and allows us to take a “30,000 foot view” of our problems and goals. It’s very refreshing and fun!

Try it some time! 🙂

Cheers!

– JC

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This Just In…

My good friend, fellow entrepreneur, and co-author Tim Morris has asked me to keep the good fans of TFS updated on my whereabouts and status. I first asked, “Who gives a crap?!”, to which he replied, “Well, I do!”. I suppose there’s others who are curious as well, so this is for all of y’all. I’ll see if I can section it off into nice bite-sized chunks.

Some of the stuff I’m doing right now I’m reeeeaaaaalllly passionate about, so I may get wordy. If I do, just slap me. 🙂

What I’m Learning

Lucid Dreaming – As you may or may not have known, I’ve been going through Tim Ferriss’ archives for the past few months to learn all that I can from this dude. We all have our “go-to” role models. He’s one of mine.

I came across his article on Lucid Dreaming, and have been completely blown away by the study (and now implementation) of it.

What is Lucid Dreaming? If you’ve seen the movie Inception, you’ve gotten at least some of the basics down. Lucid Dreaming (or becoming “lucid”) is the ability to become conscious during your dream(s). You are aware that you’re dreaming, and can interact with certain parts of the dream world. Full-on 100% lucid dreaming allows the dreamer to have complete control of the dream environment, making things possible that are physically impossible in the real world.

Almost 2 weeks in, I’ve just recently had my first lucid dream, and it was INCREDIBLE! I’ll spare you the weird details, but it was pretty amazing. I was able to fly a few hundred feet off the ground through my neighborhood for about 15 minutes and then woke up ecstatic. It deserved a definite YAGA and BOOYAH combined!

If you’d like to get started on this incredible study and experimentation, get in touch with me, and also download a (free) pdf copy of Dr. Stephen Laberge’s book, Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming. Grab a journal to chronicle your dreams, and start setting Google Reminders to ask yourself “Am I dreaming?” throughout the day. I can’t wait to take this to the next level… 🙂

Books – I have quite a few books I’m reading through right now, but I don’t want to give them all away right now…

…However, there are some real gems I’ve been working through as of late. My favorite out of the bunch has been:

Keith Ferrazzi‘s book, Never Eat Alone is a freakin phe-nominal book! Written in the P.T. (Pre-Twitter) time period of just a few years ago, he reflects on the importance…nay I say…the NEED for professional relationships. As a dude that is always trying to improve my Emotional Intelligence and people/leadership skills, this book is a MUST read! I’ve been reading through it slowly to make sure I’m not missing out on any of his wisdom. It’s one of those books that makes you stop and think, “Hmm, I knew that, but why don’t I ever DO that??” I love books that make me think and feel that way. 🙂

Audio – I just picked up Seasons 1 and 2 of Dan and Ian‘s Lifestyle Business Podcast. If you have ANY hint of entrepreneurship in your blood, and don’t know who these guys are, you need to know them QUICKLY! They’re simply the BEST advice on lifestyle business out there. Nobody else can touch these two dudes! I don’t want to give away all the goodies I’ve gleaned from just a few episodes listening to their podcast, so I’ll save it for another day. Bottom line, subscribe to their podcast on iTunes brothas and sistas!

What I’m Working On

Tim “The Toolman” Morris and I have just released our first book together, The CORE. A fan-friggen-tastic book on what the foundations of leadership are, how to learn them, and how to improve as a leader. We’re both pumped for this product, as it’s been a project we’ve been working on for a few months. There will be multiple “waves” of promotion for this product, and many continuing improvements to be made. This is the first of many in the Morris/Crocker production company, so be on the lookout for good stuff coming down the pike!

With the release of The CORE, we’re also starting off on our first leg of our book tour release party! Well…not really. But we will have opportunity to speak about it coming up soon. We’re both going to be leading some workshops on topics such as leadership, integrity, motivation, and fitness, at our Alma Mater’s “Growing Leaders Conference” later on this week. It’ll be a fun time had by all, and there will be video to follow. Stay tuned! 🙂

Where I’m Traveling

I filled out my 2nd official Dreamline Sheet recently (and will be posting an update on that soon as well), and have written down just 2 fun and simple travel goals for the next 3 months. They are:

  • Gloucester, Massachussetts – Home of our good college friends Josh and Amanda. It’s a gorgeous little fishing town on the coast of Mass, and it’s full of great food and interesting people. I’m sure we’ll have videos and pictures to follow.
  • Dallas, Texas – This all-American town is not only home to the (currently TERRIBLE) Dallas Cowboys, but it’s also Heroic Headquarters, home of none other than the ever-growing-more-and-more-popular blogger, business intelligence badass, and my brosef, David Crandall. He doesn’t know this is in my plans just yet, and I know he doesn’t read my blog (wink, wink). So this’ll be a nice surprise! David is of course, a member of the trio that was involved in what is now known as “The Greatest Internet Meetup In The History of Technology“. I plan on discussing things with David in Texas like: Business, Business Intelligence, Blogging, Family, Relationships, Haircare Products, Unicorns, Monster Trucks, and Southern-style Barbecue. As a matter of fact, I may interview this intriguing lad prior to visiting him, just to get the ball rolling in advance. Here’s a thought: Write your questions in the comments – What would you ask Internet-master David Crandall if you had the opportunity to hang out with him for a few days? I can’t wait to see what ensues…

Big Vision

The big vision for Clan Crocker and Taking Fun Seriously is a little cloudy. I’m in the midst of working on some offline “muse” related projects that I don’t want to talk about just yet. There are also a few leadership opportunities that Tim and I will be working on in the coming months that I’m pretty pumped about.

Bottom line – I plan on being open and honest about a lot of fun stuff that’s going on in my life, my family’s life, and those around me. A few goals that I want for this blog:

  • Become a connector. I know a lot of people in real life from all different careers, backgrounds, cultures, and walks of life. I want my online “home” (here) to reflect that as well. I want people to be able to look to me and to this site to be able to meet new people that they normally wouldn’t hang with, and hopefully strike up a conversation and a relationship with them. Both “professionally” and “personally” (I put those 2 in quotes because I really don’t see a differentiation between them very much in my life anymore). Booyah!
  • Do more video and audio. I have quite a growing list of people that I want to interview. Some of the people are business related, others are just plain interesting dudes and dudettes. I’d like for y’all to see and hear both.
  • Give away free stuff. I love free stuff! Who doesn’t? I want to give away more free stuff to people who are involved in this little community (hint hint, let’s get those comments flowing ye lads and lasses!). I can’t wait to surprise some of you 🙂

…and that’s really all for now! I’ll share more in the coming weeks. Talk to y’all soon! 😀

– JC

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The CORE!

6+ months of writing. Multiple Skype calls. 10+ visits back and forth from NY to PA. Hours upon hours of reading, studying, planning…

…And it’s finally here!

Announcing The CORE

Tim Morris and I have been working night and day for over half a year to prepare this material for wannabe leaders, current leaders, and people who think they may never have the opportunity (or “need”) to lead. Trust me, they will!

Click on over to our page talking about The CORE. We’re soooo pumped!

See ya there!

– JC

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