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Stay Active All the Time

  1. Work on your balance by walking along curbs.
  2. Test your balance by riding the train or bus in a standing position without bracing yourself or using your hands to hold on to anything. Take a wide stance and make sudden balance adjustments to make up for turns, stops, and accelerations.
  3. While waiting in line or for a bus, practice shifting the weight onto different balance points of the foot. Try to see how well you can balance on a dime-sized point only on your heel, little toe joint, big toe joint, etc. Feel how many places there are on the foot that will support your balance. See what happens when you move your limbs around while doing this.
  4. Develop ambidexterity by doing every day tasks with your weak hand.
  5. Grab a bar, the bottom of stairs, a door frame, or something else and hang as long as you can from one or two hands.
  6. Identify two points in front of you. Estimate how many steps it will take to go from A to B. Vary the distances from 5 steps to 50+ steps.
  7. Skip the elevator for the stairs. Always take the stairs rather than escalator or elevator.
  8. Carry grocery baskets rather than pushing a grocery cart.
  9. Park far away from store entrances.
  10. Run instead of walking. Run to nearby destinations instead of driving.
  11. When navigating through a crowd, try moving quickly while being as minimally disruptive as possible. Try not to brush or bump up against anyone with any part of your body. Be as aware of your surroundings as possible, and watch for gaps and passages through the crowd.
  12. When walking somewhere walk with a semi-fast yet relaxed pace. Overcome obstacles, rails, and walls without running, just keep the same walking pace. Try not to stutter your feet, and keep the momentum as you go. Keep your body relaxed and try not to use much energy or breathe heavily. It will help you find what muscles to use to conserve energy and keep you fresh.
  13. Have a punishment for using swear words – for example 10 push ups or 10 squats.
  14. Practice moving and landing as silently as possible. Find situations where you can sneak by people without them hearing you. You can also practice silent precision, where you try to keep the take off and landing as silent as possible.
  15. Make rules for yourself relating to every day tasks. Like if you want to eat something, do 10 push ups first. Or if you want to play video games, do 10 sit ups first.
  16. Do quadrupedal movement in your house. When walking towards a couch or a bed, jump, vault, or flip over it.
  17. Train yourself to endure uncomfortable conditions. Take cold showers, sleep on the floor, or drive through a blizzard with the windows rolled down. When you can endure these conditions, other things in life won’t seem as bad.
  18. Stretch while reading, watching TV, or studying. Just get on the floor and stretch! Many stretches can be done discreetly and without being socially awkward.

– Original published in September 2012

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Eclectic Wisdom

The universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson.

The mountain teaches stability and grandeur; the ocean immensity and change.

Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.

Even the bee and ant have brought their little lessons of industry and economy.

– Originally published in September 2012

Overcome Setbacks in Life

  1. Try and keep the circumstances or situation in perspective. Will this be as big an issue in 10 years as it is today?
  2. Evaluate the situation in light of your entire life.
  3. Focus on what you have, not what you lost. This isn’t any easy step when you are deep in pain, sorrow or grief, but continuing to focus on what is no longer tends to keep you locked in the past and a state of ‘no positive action’.
  4. Do something, anything to re-focus your thoughts, energy or activities in a positive or healthier direction.
  5. If it is a loss of a relationship or loved one, remember all that you had with them that was good and positive.
  6. Remember you can’t change what has happened, but you can change the future. You change your future in your present moments. You also create all of your positive or negative memories in your present moments.
  7. Keep in mind the concept that you don’t always get to determine what comes into your life, but you always get the choice of how to react or respond to it.

These are not easy steps. Loss and adversity of any kind are painful and difficult as long as you continue to remain focused on the loss or the problem. To use adversity as a positive teacher that has come lovingly into your life to help you overcome shortcomings, character defaults or poor judgment is a sign of emotional maturity.

Life isn’t fair, and it isn’t unfair. It’s just neutral. It brings each person unique opportunities to learn and grow as a result of the events or circumstances that cross their path. Everyone is a student in life. Everyone has inner battles they are fighting. Everyone is on their own personal path through life.

So what kind of a student are you as you pass through the classes in life? Are you a willing learner or are you resisting the teaching, and the opportunity for personal growth?

– Originally published in August 2012

Believe in Yourself

King Camp Gillette dreamed of a cockeyed invention that caused investors, metal engineers and experts at MIT to snicker. Everyone believed that there was no way a razor could be made sharp enough to provide a clean shave and yet to be cheap enough that it could be thrown away when it was dull. Gillette labored four years to produce the first disposable razor and another six years to get it placed on store shelves.

Although only 51 blades sold during the first year, 90,844 were purchased in the second year and Gillette’s risk-taking innovation was on its way to revolutionizing the shaving industry.

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

– Originally published in August 2012

Song of the Bird

A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eagle hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life, the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet in the air.

Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the sky. It glided in graceful majesty among powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings. The old eagle looked up in awe.

“Who’s that?” he asked.

“That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said his neighbor chicken. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth – we’re chickens.”

So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.

A believer is a bird in a cage, a freethinker is an eagle parting the clouds with tireless wing.

– Originally published in August, 2012

A Tale of Change

Dr Arbuthnot Thwaite of Oxford University was an incisive intellectual academic who had developed a formidable for being undefeated in debate. So when he heard that in Kyoto, Japan, there resided a Zen Master by the name of Hyakawa San, who also had a formidable reputation for being undefeated in debate, he was worried.

Being a stalwart fellow of competitive spirit, Arbuthnot found out where Hyakawa San’s next presentation was. He arrived in Japan, unbowed by his long flight, and after he had checked in to his hotel room, went immediately to the conference reception to enquire the whereabouts of Hyakawa San. The organizers told him that Hyakawa San was outside meditating by the side of a river that ran through the grounds.

Seemingly oblivious to his tranquil and elegant surroundings, Arbuthnot strode in determined fashion out into the grounds, until he saw Hyakawa San sitting cross-legged gazing into the river.

Arbuthnot’s spirits soared, his confidence abundant. “Excuse me,” he proclaimed. “Are you the Zen Master, Hyakawa San, who is undefeated in debate?”

Hyakawa San looked up from his contemplations, his hands lying calmly on his immaculate kimono, and smiled beatifically at Arbuthnot. “Hai! I am Hyakawa San.”

“Excellent!” said Arbuthnot. “Please allow me to introduce myself: I am Arbuthnot Thwaite at Oxford University. I, too, remain undefeated in debate.”

Arbuthnot said, “Hyakawa San, I am so pleased to find you here. It just so happens that I have prepared the introduction to a private debate that you and I might have to see which one of us would remain undefeated in a private competition.” He continued with earnest haste, “Coincidentally, the question I have prepared for you concerns the river. Are you willing, now, to engage me in this debate?”

“I would be delighted!” said Hyakawa San, with a respectful bow and a clear gaze.

Crouching down by the side of Hyakawa San, Arbuthnot released the defining question: “My dear Hyakawa San, this is my question: Is it possible to step into the same river twice?

Hyakawa San turned his head away from Arbuthnot, stared into the river and remained silent for five or so minutes.

After this time, impatient for his victory, Arbuthnot said, “Come, Hyakawa San, enough for this prevarication, it’s time for your answer.”

Hyakawa San slowly turned and looked up with sadness in his face. “Ahh,” he sighed, “my esteemed opponent, is it possible that you do not know it is impossible to step into the same river even once?”

Do you get it? Why is it impossible to step into the same river once?

The truth is that the river is in constant change, and it has changed its form even before your toe breaks the surface of the water. In every second that passes, billions of molecules and atoms of water will pass by you. The light is changing constantly because each tiny ripple on the river’s surface will reflect the sun’s rays in completely different directions. The river is therefore not the same river that was there while you stood at the bank. It will have changed in billion-fold ways. With each second that passes, you are seeing many different rivers.

Similarly, in each second that passes, your life changes. Everything you have experienced to date has led to this moment, and that each moment impacts on the future – your future, the future of those people around you, and by implication the future of those you have never, and will never meet.

You can only remain constant by changing.
You can only stay where you are by moving.

– Originally published in August 2012

6 Tips to Keep Your Job Safe

1. Keeping ahead of the lions

A cameraman and his assistant were filming lions on the plains. The alpha male lion got annoyed and started taking a noticeable interest in them. The cameraman filmed on, then noticed that his assistant had pulled off his heavy boots and was lacing on sneakers. “No point” said the cameraman, “If he decides to go for us, you will never out run him.” “I don’t need to outrun him,” replied the assistant, “I only need to outrun you.”

The moral of the story: keep an eye on those around you. It may sound brutal but when the 5% layoff plan comes through, your colleagues are your competitors. Just make sure you are doing more to add value back to the business than most of them are. Make sure you are not running right at the back of the pack.

2. Be heard, be seen

Being seen to contribute is important. People are often modest, and take a dim view of those who blow their own trumpet. But ask yourself, what the odds are of your manager doing the investigation necessary to get a good picture of who really wrote the document, or who was here over the weekend. Tell them!

3. Be valuable

See yourself as the company sees you: as a productive unit. Your salary must be justified by the value you return, as perceived by the employer. If your value does not increase, then your salary will not either. Understand how that value is measured: not in your genius but in results, productivity, versatility, and keeping up with change.

4. Be aligned and know the power groups

Don’t be politically naïve. There are three kinds of people: those that make things happen, those that watch things happen, and those who ask “what happened?” You may choose not to play the corporate politics games, but you owe it to yourself to at least be aware of what is going on.

Understand company directions and strategies. Examine the real financial state of the company. Know the power groups and games being played. Then you can have a better idea of the direction you should be headed in.

5. Learn, grow and manage

You need to grow to retain your value to the business and maintain your personal satisfaction. This growth needs to be sideways into broader skills, not deeper into specific areas. Those who can combine an understanding of the whole system and get the big picture, step into the limelight. The ones who do not, or cannot, escape their own skills will be increasingly marginalized, and replaced by young usurpers.

6. Have an exit plan

Make sure you have a parachute. Where will you work next? Doing what? Make sure your CV looks attractive and your skills are adequate now, before the crunch comes. Being laid off is a traumatic experience. You will cope many times better if you already have a plan and are at least part of the way along the path to being prepared. Better to spend redundancy money on a brief job search and a nice holiday, rather than crammed training and endless door knocking.

– Originally published in August 2012