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Day 1

Starting something new seems to have very bad connotations to most people. I think most people feel like they have to make a lot of progress in a new endeavor before feeling like they can share it with the people around them. I think we have to break out of this fear and try something new more often. It’s not so bad to be new at something or to make mistakes along the way, basically that’s what life is going to be like anyway. If you do keep trying new activities, maybe you’ll find your new passion in life along with other people to share it with. Also, the more we fill our lives with good activities that we’ve decided we want to do, the more old, negative behaviors will fall away. Give it a try and see what you think. Try something new today and let me know what you’ve started. I’ll be doing some new strength training exercises that I’ve been putting off.

Quick change

Cast on broken arm   Yesterday, I was asked in a comment if I could post about how to change quickly. I gave this a lot of thought and I believe my recent wrist injury makes a nice example for a process of changing a life.
   Last week I broke the head of my radius and now I have this nice, blue cast. It is certainly a new challenge that life has given me, but it could just as easily have been brought on by my own misconceptions or false beliefs. For example, the idea that a step down from a stage would be secure and not be allowed to roll forward when stepped upon.
   When we start to desire a change in our lives the first step is to have an idea of what we want, in this case a normally functioning arm. I’ve followed that with ice packing  the wound, taking anti-swelling medication, consulting experts (doctors) and following their advice by allowing them to treat me. Next, I can follow their finger exercises and precautions, research more, expect healing and pray. But, and this is the important part, barring a miracle or any further complications this goal will take about 4-6 weeks to heal and more to restrengthen and become as good as ever. Now, this obviously isn’t the most important task in my life, but let’s imagine it is: 4-6 weeks. Let’s say it’s everyone’s most important task: 4-6 weeks. Alright, maybe a day or so saved for some amount of human ingenuity that I can’t anticipate.
   Now, if I’m basically correct in all this how should I feel about it? I could be mad that life or my mistake has put this on me, I could fear the future and the strong possibility of further injury if I continue to live a full life. But to be fair and at the same time continue to work on effectiveness, I would recommend acceptance and gratitude for every day that my arm helped me, for having a better arm, and for the amazing healing time of the human body.
   We can make huge changes in ourselves, our destiny, but the quick change is the heading, not getting the eventual result. To be strong we have to strengthen (over time). To lose weight we have to approach a healthy weight through great eating and great exercise (over time). To become rich there are many paths most of which that maintain our other standards take time.
   I don’t want to discourage people from looking for shortcuts in life. Looking is certainly the only way you can find. But at some point there are costs to our desires and often that cost includes an amount of time. I want to challenge you to determine your goals, become more able to achieve them, see your problems for what they are and reach your goals. One last problem with time is that at the end of that process it all starts over again. If you race to the finish line you also race to the start.
   Thanks for the suggestion, I hope this is helpful and if you do manage to come up for an effective solution to time let me know, I occasionally get itches under this thing.

Resisting Useful Knowledge

According to George Carlin, Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury said: “It never ceases to surprise me at the infinite capacity of the human mind to resist the introduction of useful knowlege.” My idea is that people do have an extrememly low retention rate for new and useful information.
Here are some examples of groups trying to get around this obstacle:
  • The University of Connecticut are changing their approach to teaching students: http://advance.uconn.edu/1997/970912/09129710.htm
  • The “Head First” computer books by the O’reilly publishers use images, puzzles, conversational language and emotion to get the reader to have a greater connection with the material in order to increase retention.
  • Anthony Robbins gets his audience to move and to act on his advice during the presentation in order to make the activities practiced instead of just heard. He claims the sitting/bored state does not enable retention.
  • A mathematition that spoke for TED uses real-life examples instead of just thoery to get his students thinking and discussing instead of following instructions.
  • Another TED speaker compared the classroom environment to the industrial age where people were told what to do and were not expected to think.
  • Active learning has been around since the time of Socrates: http://www.vcu.edu/cte/resources/tlc/2_2_active_learning.htm

    If you’re alive, you’re still learning and it’s important for you to use techniques to increase your retention and habits of putting the information to use. Using techniques like these and others, a Life Coach can speed up your ability to move from information to retention to use to habit getting you measureable results.

We are what we consistently do;
excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
Aristotle