Momentum

Have you watched gymnastics at the highest level? World Championships. Olympics.

What these gymnasts do on the balance beam should be impossible. It’s just 4 inches wide and stands 4 feet off the ground. Most people would struggle to simply walk across it, these athletes tumble.

Beam is the big scary monster of a gymnastics meet. Falling here is often a dream-killer.

But when you watch awhile, you’ll notice gymnasts rarely fall while doing the seemingly impossible: backflips, front flips, twisting layouts, flying 10 feet off the ground and landing on 4 inches.

They seem to fall in the slow moments. A standing leap, a spin, or the subtle pauses after a difficult pass.

It would seem the difference-maker is momentum.

Isn’t it the same for all of us? As long as we’re charging after goals, flying full speed, bobbing and weaving around obstacles in our path, we’re unlikely to fall down.

But when we stop moving, stop risking, stop charging ahead, this is when we stumble.

So keep moving always. But remember, the real key to the beam is balance.


Why Do You Fight?

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Are you fighting for what you believe in? Or are you fighting because there’s an opponent in the ring?

There’s a big difference

And it matters.

Motivation does not determine victory but it sure does impact the path you take to get there.

I’ve always found that foes bloom and fall like leaves in the wind but convictions have roots and will outlast the season.

Trying and Succeeding

When did people begin exaggerating the difference between trying and succeeding?

Creating a wedge between honest effort and the hopeful result.

The growing viewpoint that something is not worth doing unless one knows he can succeed in the endeavor, wrongly measures “success” only by the intended result.

It fails to recognize effort and growth as the successes they are, and it doesn’t allot for the doors we unlock, unexpectedly, along the way.

When a set goal is not reached, we need to ask ourselves “was this worth the effort even though I didn’t succeed in the way I hoped and planned?”

The point is not the answer to this question but realizing that this is always a question worth asking.


Whatever Works

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Back in 2009 I wrote a post about how all my best ideas come to me in the shower. It made me think about how many of these gems just disappear somewhere between the rinse-repeat and the toweling off… and how i needed to change that. I even solved my own problem, discovering that waterproof notepad are apparently a thing.

Well, I’m happy to say that I’ve finally got one – a waterproof notepad, not a big idea. I can’t believe it took me 4 damn years. That the lesson here. If you ever discover something that helps you ideate, or create, or think more clearly… do it. Maybe its driving at night; waking early and hitting snooze; Whatever it is. Get it, buy it, repeat it often.

Great TED – The Social Animal

I had about a 20 minute drive to make last night, so I decided to cue up a TED talk on my iPhone and see if I could multitask transportation and enlightenment. I succeeded. Or rather, David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times succeeded with his compelling talk about human nature and our conscious awareness.

There are several comedic and interesting sound bites worth sharing, but he delivers a summation in the middle of his talk that struck a chord with me.Watch 1916: The Irish Rebellion (2016) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

“…. for centuries we’ve inherited a view of human nature based on the notion that we’re divided selves. That reason is separated from the emotions, and that society progresses to extent that reason can suppress the passions. And it’s lead to a view of human nature that we’re rational rational individuals who respond in straight-forward ways to incentives. and it’s lead to ways of seeing the world where people try to use the assumptions of physics to measure how human behavior is… and it’s produced a great amputation. a shallow view of human nature. we’re really good at talking about material things, but we’re really bad at talking about emotions. we’re really good at talking about skills and safety and health, but we’re really bad at talking about character.”

Though the talk and Mr. Brooks are politically focused, and though his party views are conservative (he’s been quoted as saying “I was a liberal before coming to my senses”), the meat of his TED Talk is a social and psychological commentary on our subconscious perception, interactions, and ultimately, how those things effect our views of others and of society and societal issues at large.

Important stuff to be aware of, think about, and develop a perspective on.
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Can One Person Make a Difference?

We’ve heard this question asked and answer 1,000 times in different, equally trite, ways… with romanticized examples and all.  If I donate that $0.66 cents a day, I will make a difference in the life of a child.  If I turn the lights off when I leave a room, or ride my bike instead of drive, I will be cutting down on some energy use and pollution emissions and therefore playing a role.  So yes, it’s indisputable that one person can make some sort of difference; how much of a difference, or how influential that difference is… now that’s debatable.

I think about this kind of thing a lot – but when I do, I’m usually thinking about the ‘difference’ that one person can make in the energy or perspective of people and things around them.  I think about how laughter is contagious.  How hearing, saying, or even reading the word yawn has the ability to actually make you yawn.  (sorry if you’re yawning right now)(damn. I just did).  Anyway, I came across this silly video that’s quickly become viral and is flying around the web because it’s of a guy in tight shorts dancing like a stooge by himself… and a couple other guys who quickly followed suit (probably in attempts to subtly mock the first guy).  Regardless of their reason for joining, the 1 dancer becoming 3 grabs 3 times the attention.  The 3 become 9… and the 9 becomes 81 (or hundreds. but you get the idea).  Point is, stuff like this is about energy.  There’s nothing more powerful than it, and nothing is more contagious.  That said, positive energy is the most influential and invasive kind… whether that’s a smile, a compliment, an unconscious whistling, or a guy in tight, short shorts having a solo dance party.

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The Idea Machine Will Get You Clean

I get the whole cleanliness and personal hygiene thing… but I should really shower daily, if for no other reason than because my shower is like an incubator for genius ideas.  I just took a little 5-minute rinse and came up with a couple zingers that just might change my life.  I don’t know if I have a magic shower, but I swear, if my little studio had a bathtub I probably would have cured cancer by now.  Someone get this post to Pfizer and the rest of the pharmies… it just might behoove them to install a tub in my place and get me on payroll.  Maybe even buy me a house with several tub/shower combos.  I know for some people it’s the can, or the car.  That would make things so much better for me, cuz: A. I spend way more time in those places than I do cleaning myself; and B. yall don’t have to go online right now and buy The Droodle – Waterproof Notepad for $14.95 plus $3 per replacement pad boite de viagra prix.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download