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Living FULLY ALIVE!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on November 14, 2014

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c8e38031f65eec199840f58896e43538I woke up at 5am this morning because I want to live fully alive. I remember seeing the snooze button option on the alarm app on my iPhone. I hit the snooze button.

However, I asked myself… Do I want to live life to it’s fullest potential? Or do I want to coast through life without becoming the man who I was created to be? This simple question was all it took for me to sit up and immediately get out of bed. I was on the floor less than 60 seconds of my alarm going off the first time.

This is not the first time that I’ve got up at 5am. In fact, over the past few months, I’ve been pretty good at going to bed early and waking up early.

However, something’s different this time. I have a deeper sense of purpose and meaning for my desire to get an early start to my day.

Before, I would wake up early because I knew that I would have a more productive day. I knew that I would get more work done.

While I had previously had desires to get in an early morning workout… I found myself checking my schedule for the day and then checking my email and instantly jumping into work mode to get all the big stuff out of the way so that I could get some important things accomplished towards the big goals I had set for my business.

The fact is that I have been very successful at a lot of things. However, I know in my heart, I’ve missed out on the most important thing of all.

I know that I’ve been called to live for something more than the work that I do.

This past week in Colorado reminded me that I have been given a heart and passion for encouraging others to become the people they created to be.

Here’s the thing. I can’t encourage others to do that if I’m not actively working toward becoming the person that I was created to be.

While I know that I’ve encouraged and inspired a lot of people in a lot of areas, there has been one area that I’ve ignored, too often, in my own life.

I know that I was not created to weigh 265.4 pounds, which is what I weigh today. I was not created to feel the way that I feel physically. I was not created to live a life of reckless eating without physical activity.

I am not beating myself up. I’m more the man that I was created to be than I was 1, 5, or even 10 years ago. However, I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that the I was created to be a healthy man who weighs less than 200 pounds. I know that I was created to be more responsible for the care of my my body by eating more healthy and by being intentionally physically active on a daily basis.

In 2008/2009 I started a journey toward greater physical health. I had gone from 268 pounds down to 212 pounds. It too 18 months to achieve that. It was a full lifestyle change. I recall how great it felt and at that time.

I won’t share any excuses. However, I had eventually slipped back into my old lifestyle and I began to pour all of myself into my business once again. The success of my business has soared. However, my physical body has suffered.

This past week, I had a friend offer to mentor me in the area of living “Fully Alive.” I’ve had so many offers over the past few years from all sorts of experts and well meaning friends. However, this offer was different. My friend, Ken Davis, seemed to be offering more than encouragement and accountability to eat more healthy and to exercise more. Ken’s offer of mentorship seemed to focus on what spoke most to my heart… A desire to LIVE THE LIFE FOR WHICH I WAS CREATED.

I accepted Ken’s offer to me. I have been reading his book titled “Fully Alive.” I’m on chapter seven of the book as of this morning and it is speaking to my heart.

When I had made so much progress and lost those 56 pounds a few years ago, I had many great motivators. Those motivators are still there. However, this time around, I feel something deeper in my soul motivating me to leap into action.

Today is the beginning of a new chapter in my life.

The photo with this post is of Ken and I having fun in Colorado.

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Stop It!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on March 21, 2014

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I don’t know why I hadn’t created a blog post with this video before. I have lost count the number of times that I have referred people to go and watch the STOP IT video with Bob Newhart.

I know that there are serious issues out there and that some things should used in jokes. This video pushes it to the limit and, for some, it may have even crossed the line. However, I still find this video hilarious and when I am sharing a link to it as a response to a question that someone has asked me, I only share this video as a joke with the hope that it would cause someone to smile.

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Yesterday, I created a facebook post, sharing the image shown below. This image is a screen capture from the LoseIt App on my iPhone. The text that I posted with this image simply stated… “Got on the scale today. I’ve lost 16 pounds since November 1st. #PABL”

300Within 24 hours, the post had well over 130 likes and 50 comments. I created this episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life (Click Play Button Above To Listen Now) directly as a result of a question that Chris Brogan asked. His question… “That’s awesome, Cliff. Have you written anywhere about what you do with that or your methods?”

That got me to thinking. You know, I haven’t produced an up to date resource that I can easily point people to to give them a solid overview of what I am doing and the results that I am getting based upon my methods for physical fitness and losing weight.

This podcast episode is a lengthy 57 minutes and 17 seconds. However, in it, you will learn how I dropped from 268 pounds down to 212 pounds from mid 2009 through 2010. (Note: I looked it up after I recorded this and 212 was the actual lowest I had got down to in 2010 for a total of 56 pounds that I lost over an 18 month period of time.)

I authentically share how I allowed other priorities in my life to derail my focus on my health and physical fitness and why, over the course of three years, ended up gaining all of my weight back. Most importantly, I share the steps that I took to ease myself back into the habits that had positively changed my life in the past and how I am approaching my health and physical fitness journey now and moving forward.

I hope that you find this podcast episode inspirational and motivational in your own pursuit of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

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Disney Cruise Photo & Veronica Mars Fan Podcast

August 23, 2013

The following is a quick email post that I just sent out to our gspn.tv community mailing list. Many of you have been with us since the original LOST days and are just as blown away as we are by the growth of the gspn.tv network and and community. I can hardly believe how many […]

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GSPN Community Disney Dream Cruise Information

March 9, 2013

GSPN Community Disney Dream Cruise: Please click play above to listen to the informational call that will give you the full details of our upcoming GSPN Community Disney Dream Cruise. You are invited to join the online community experience of a lifetime. In February of 2011 Stephanie and I took our family on the No […]

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GSPN Community Disney Cruise Informational Call

February 25, 2013

I have scheduled a GSPN Community DISNEY CRUISE Informational Call for Saturday, March 9th at 1pm Eastern Time. If you haven’t heard, the gspn.tv community is going to set sail this summer, June 23-27. Many of us will follow up the cruise with some time spent at the Disney Parks. We would LOVE to have […]

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234 Family From The Heart – Best Date Ever! The Tokens Show

November 22, 2012

Back in episode 232 of Family From The Heart, Stephanie and I shared the story of one of the worst date nights that we had ever experienced. It is with great joy that we share this special episode of Family From The Heart where we share our best date night ever! Stephanie and I were […]

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Two gspn.tv Shows Have Been Nominated – PLEASE VOTE!

November 3, 2012

While I am very excited, I am going to keep this very brief! We have two gspn.tv shows that were nominated for the 8th Annual Podcast Awards this year. Authentic Life Radio was nominated in the Entertainment category. Encouraging Others Through Christ was nominated in the Religion Inspiration category. The podcasts with the greatest number […]

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522 PABL – Success With Stepping It Up

October 8, 2012

Where Have I Been? It has been nearly a month since my last episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life. However, the reason for this is actually great news for my own pursuit of a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. In this episode, I spent some time giving an update on where I am in my […]

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Final Day To Nominate For Podcast Awards!

September 20, 2012

Today, October 15th, is the final day to nominate podcasts for the 8th Annual Podcast Awards. We’ve had the great privilege to receiving many nominations in previous years. The exposure that our shows get as a result of being nominated and listed on the voting page is simply amazing. It is our hope that you […]

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What Form Does Your Christian Life Take These Days?

September 19, 2012

On Saturday, it will have been one year since I published episode 121 of the Encouraging Others Through Christ Podcast (Formally known as the About The Church Podcast). The title of that episode was “Not Going To church Anymore.” Last week, I had received an email from someone that I have come to respect highly […]

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Journal Entry: September 17, 2012 – Journaling Again?

September 17, 2012

Please Note: The following are free flowing thoughts from my personal journal. There are going to be gramatical errors, typos, etc in this post. The only way I will be able to continue to share this type of content is if I feel that I can continue to post it without the constant need to […]

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225 Family From The Heart – The Next Big Step of Faith?

September 13, 2012

In this episode of Family From The Heart, Stephanie and I share a very authentic conversation about what “might” be the next major leap of faith for our family and for our business pursuits. We are actually thinking about the purchase of a commercial building to expand our business and to take our network offerings […]

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521 PABL – Why I Love The Fitbit Ultra

September 12, 2012

I recently fell in love with the Fitbit! My wife has had one of these for quite some time. However, I’ve just discovered, for myself, just how motivating it is to have one of these little devices. I was so excited by the motivation that this gadget has provided that I decided to grab my […]

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Next Podcasting A to Z Session Announced!

August 27, 2012

I’m writing to let you know that I have scheduled the next session for Podcasting A to Z. You may be aware that I have already led six prior sessions of this four week training course. I am always thrilled by the amazing creativity that is included in each of the shows that are launched […]

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Our New Camera – The Canon 60 D

June 30, 2012

Why did I purchase TWO Canon 60D Cameras? It’s no secret that when I develop a new passion, I typically dive in head first and stick with the motto of Go Big or Go Home! That’s what happened to me when I was bit hard by the Photography Bug. Here’s the deal, for some reason, […]

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516 PABL – LIVE, From New York…

June 11, 2012

I have a very special episode of Pursuing A Balanced Life for your this time around. I’m happy to bring you a recorded conversation with my great friend, Father Roderick Vonhogen. Many of you know that I spent the entire last week in New York City. As you will hear in this episode, I crammed […]

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Thoughts From The Journey – Colorado, Here I Come!

February 3, 2012

As I sit on the plane heading to Chicago I can’t believe I’m on this journey. Or rather that this adventure is part of my journey. I first learned about the Captivating Retreat several months ago in an email from Ransomed Heart Ministries. I’d never heard of such a thing before. I remember reading the […]

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512 PABL – Off To The Hospital To Get Checked Out

January 7, 2012

Click Here For The Latest – Update #7 – Final Update Update #1 January 7, 2012 2:40 PM – So here I am. I am sitting in my office/studio and I am packing up my briefcase with all my tech gear for what could be a few hours, days, or potentially weeks at my local […]

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Producing Less Good Content To Focus On Producing More Great Content – Podcast Series or Seasons – And Making A Dent In The World!

January 5, 2012

Producing Less For The Purpose of Greater Production During the open of last week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I hinted that I was considering the thought of producing less shows moving forward. As I share in this episode, the reason is that I want to maximize the value of any of the work that […]

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