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What’s the Magic Word?

Many of you that I have spent time with in 2013 have heard me give the same response over and over again when asked if I want to join in on a certain activity or adventure. The reason the same answer keeps coming to my lips is because it is proving to be the right answer. Three little words have led me to witness the formation of earth right in front of me, start my work days off with powder skiing, fish for crabs in the middle of the night, and paddle 3 great creeks in one day in the most beautiful mountains in the western United States. What is the magic answer you ask that seems to be my golden ticket to amazing experiences? Simple, say it with me, “I’m 100% in!” Say it again “I’m 100% in!”

A willing heart is hard to come by these days. Especially if the outcome is unknown. I have no problem finding an adventure partner to go skiing at a local resort on a powder day. That is standard stuff. Almost everyone is willing to go for it when the payout is guaranteed. Even when you are sure to win, we do not always commit due to laziness or lack of motivation. Being 100% in is valuable when you are stepping into something new or where an outcome in uncertain. Snow could be bad, weather could turn, and there maybe nothing to see once you get there. But to risk sounding cliché’, the adventure is in the journey.

Often times the highlight of using this answer is not the opportunity you commit to. It actually is seeing the response of the one asking the question. A lot of people throw out ideas knowing that no one is going to agree to go along with it, but when you do, a smile grows big on your friends face and you can instantly see the stoke machine start revving its motor and getting everyone’s energy level up. That is a great affect to have on people.

One of the biggest hurdles for people to get over is that in their own mind they think that they are the type to try anything or be willing to jump right in but when it comes down to the moment, they find a reason to hold back. While Becky and I were living in Hawaii my mother in law and father in law visited us for a week. We had a great time showing them around and doing all the standard Hawaii stuff. One evening my mother in law mentioned that she feels like she backs down from activities too often when she is on vacation and leaves my father in law to do them on his own or with other members of the group. She committed to herself not to back down on the next activity. With that in mind my father in law quickly booked us all to go skydiving the next day. True to her word, my mother in law followed through. This may sound terrible but the sight of seeing my mother in law get pushed out of a plane at 14,000 feet is a highlight in my life. She committed to be 100% in.

Here is a quick test I developed (very scientific) so you can see for yourself if you are 100% in.

– When you see the ocean, do you touch it with your toes or jump right in?

– When you see a beautiful mountain do you enjoy the view from your car or start running towards it slopes?

– When someone asks you if you have plans for the weekend, what is your response? (hint: it should never be “nothing”) Even if you have to work, you should be 100% in.

– When was the last time you had an opportunity to go someplace new, did you go?

The benefit of going 100% in is learning how to truly experience and process opportunities that come our way. You get a better understanding of the world around you and increase your knowledge more rapidly. Not every opportunity is a fun one but I can tell you that only going 50% in on an activity that you are not 100% stoked on decreases your overall pleasure by 63%, 100% of the time. (All the above stats are proven fact and data is stored in the archive know as my brain).

The last 10 years I have met lots of new adventure partners and formed some great friendships with some. One of the greatest attributes of those that I am drawn to is their willingness to get after it and try new things. I find my wife very sexy because she lives 100% in. She is always willing to go along with whatever opportunities we can create. This has helped us to see the world together and experience things that have strengthened us as a couple. I hope to pass this attitude on like the plague. Ever since I took this on as my go to response, I have been energized, focused and pleased with the outcome. Although my expectations have not always been met, I have not yet been disappointed with my decision to lose a little sleep, skip a meal, work late into the night just because I chose to be 100% in. Here are some pictures of what going 100% in has given me in the past 6 months. Thanks to all you reading this that are also 100% in. You are making a difference in my life and making me a better person.

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I am who I am. Am I?

Raarr!

I am Pitt and I am a dreamer (sometimes), a hard worker (sometimes), an adventure seeker (most of the time), a dad (all of the time), a sucker (apparently), a skier (most importantly).

I have a pretty good vision of who I am. I know what I like. I know how I like to be treated and how I would like to treat others. I know how I see myself in the mirror. And I know where I am comfortable and where I get squirmy. Even though many of us know who we are, we are not able to describe ourselves vocally or in written word. Take a cover letter for example. When you are applying for a job, you are supposed to write a short letter describing yourself and how great you are without coming across as an arrogant jerk. You want yourself to look good, but not sound like you know it. Now that I think about it, that is  the same way we humans approach dating or meeting a new friend for the first time. Always trying to read our potential client and sell ourselves to them. That is kind of weird if you think about it.

Well, I have learned that simple is always better. Know your story and stick to it. Don’t change it just because you are trying to impress someone or boost your ego. I have had 2 valuable lessons on this topic over the past month. Both of them came from people in a demographic that make the most sense to me, little boys.

Skier

Often there are 1,000 things going on in my brain on a daily basis. Work, family, recreation, adventure ideas, projects. This is why I love the outdoors so much. For many of us it is a time to step out of hustle and bustle of life and focus in the moment. A good day skiing, climbing or paddling often is a good reminder of what is important in life and who we really are.

Well if you are a 6 year old living in Idaho, it is easy to keep your priorities straight and know who you really are.  My sister sent me this picture of an assignment she found that my 6 year old nephew had completed at school. Nothing but complete honesty and truth and confidence in who he is.

2 weeks ago I was working at home. Pounding away on my keyboard answering emails in the corporate world and the following conversation occurred:

Becky: “Later sucker.” Emmett thought that was hilarious and began to laugh.

Emmett: “Why did you call my dad a sucker?”

Becky: “Because he has to stay home and work.”

Emmett: “All I have to do is play, take a nap, and go to the park. I am not a sucker.”

Spoken by a smart little man who knows who he is. For some of us it can be hard to pin down who or what we really are but it is easy to know who we are not. And for a 3 year old, he is sure he is not a sucker.

Take a moment this week and try to write down who you are or who you are not. You might surprise yourself.  Remember keep it simple and don’t try to fool anyone. It never works. No matter how flowery of words I use to describe myself, all that matters is: I am Pitt and I am a skier and a sucker.


Shiver Me Timbers

I feel like a pirate. Not one with a peg leg or an eye patch.  One that lives in a digital age full of  information flying at you like cannonballs. Between celebrity gossip, mommy blogs, adventure reports, and all the other swashbucklers out there trying to share information with the world, it seems like we are always under siege.  Sometimes it is better to just take over an existing ship instead of sinking it. I am officially commandeering this platform today. Preparetounload.com is my wife’s blog that she started while we spent a summer in Hawaii. It has had its highs and lows just like all of us but now it is turning over a new leaf. Setting out for the open seas. And I will be it’s captain. Don’t worry I kept Becky  on board to be the fair maiden and contribute. Together I hope we reach new locations and share them with all who want to join. Here is my creed.

All I live for is now
All I stand for is where and how
All I wish for are magic moments
 
As I sail through change
My resolve remains the same
What I chose are magic moments
 
Because ships are safe in the harbour
But that is not what ships are made for
The mind could stretch much further
But it seems that is not what our minds are trained for
 
We call for random order
You can’t control Mother nature’s daughter
 
Ships are safe in the harbour
But that is not what ships are built for
 
The witch hunter roams
The scary thing is that he’s not alone
He’s trying to down my magic moments
 
As we sail through change
Ride the wind of a silent rage
And sing laments of magic moments

– Author unknown

The poem has a different meaning for all of us. Our decisions and focus in life are governed by our current position.Regardless of where you are you should always ask yourself; Am I having magic moments? I love to share my thoughts and philosophies  because most of them come as shots of personal inspiration during the magic moments. Often while I am in a special place that is not a safe harbor.  They appear during the pursuit of a passion or at the realization of defeat. They appear when all the synapses are connecting or when you find yourself in over your head.  They happen all the time and the important thing is that we recognize them and act on them.

Moving forward from this point I am using this blog to unload my magic moments with the world. I want everyone to know what life is like outside of the harbor. Expect to see me spew something once a week for you to devour, reject or point and laugh at.

It will be driven by my priorities in this life

– Family

– Outdoor adventures

– Pursuing passions

– Helping those in need

– Becoming a better member of the international family that lives on this earth.

– General observations of what we call “modern day society”

Hopefully all will be entertaining and insightful.  Come follow me and take what you want. Laugh, ponder, enjoy. You will hopefully see my writing improve and join me in sharing what makes us all tick.

-Captain Pitt Grewe