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Mental fitness

Arriving at Excellence

You are better off improving your strengths than improving your weaknesses.

You are the only one who can use your ability!

When my husband and I started our business 28 years ago, neither one of us knew much about entrepreneurship.

My husband doesn’t like to talk on the phone, interview job applicants, or close deals. He’s best at design and production work. On the other hand, give me a mechanical task and you’ll find me holding a white flag of surrender before I even start.

It didn’t take long to reveal that his 10 fingers and my mouth were the keys to our business succeeding. Instead of me learning production tasks and him speaking to customers, we divided up responsibility based on our individual strengths. Read more

Under the Covers: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Welcome to Under the Covers, an on-going series of book reviews to enrich the way we think, move, eat and connect.

In my Under the Covers book series, I will rate each book based on its “Life Wisdom” value (from 1 to 5 wise owls). I will review books that inspire, motivate and teach life lessons. Some of our greatest wisdom comes from those whose journeys may be quite different from our own.

When we escape into their world, we can learn from their trials, tactics, and courage. Through their wisdom, we add to our own.

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Tips to Tact

One of the greatest skills you can master is tactfulness.

Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can crush you.

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Olympic Veterans Leave Lessons in London

The world's best athletes inspire us to achieve greatness beyond sport.

Elite athletes today take enormous risks, pushing right to the edge in order to stand out and up onto a podium. So painful to watch a competitor’s life long dreams crushed in a split second. Equally impressive to witness miraculous victories such as Misty and Kerry’s victory over China in beach volleyball or our USA soccer team’s victory over Canada in overtime.

This year’s Olympic veterans spoke through their actions and attitudes. Leaving us with more than memories. If you want to win in the game of life, our veteran athletes can lead you to victory. Read more

Under the Covers: Eat & Run by Scott Jurek

Welcome to Under the Covers, an on-going series of book reviews to enrich the way we think, move, eat and connect.

 

In my Under the Covers book series, I will rate each book based on its “Life Wisdom” value (from 1 to 5 wise owls). I will review books that inspire, motivate and teach life lessons. Some of our greatest wisdom comes from those whose journeys may be quite different from our own.

When we escape into their world, we can learn from their trials, tactics, and courage. Through their wisdom, we add to our own.

Read more

Peel Yourself

Peel back the layers and then solve your problem.

I often wonder if I resumed being a therapist today, would I rely more on my college degrees or my wisdom from living 48 years? I know. That’s laughable.

There’s at least one concept I did learn in class that seems to have stuck. Here’s a jump start to solving your own (or someone else’s) problems. Read more

Le Tour de Fitness

A lifetime of fitness involves many stages.

The pursuit of fitness has a beginning but no ending. No wonder it’s difficult to stay on the path.

Pursuing a healthy “lifestyle” is a kind way to recruit our minds to accept that we’re in for the long haul.

Recognizing these stages of fitness can ensure the only towel you hang up continues to be a sweaty one:) Read more

Say Cheese

Sometimes we all feel the camera is pointed in the wrong direction.

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"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." George Bernard Shaw

A First in the Olympic Trials

Jeneba withdraws from a tie break to qualify for the 100 meter race in London.

The race was a nail biter. One that ended with a question mark. Fortunately we have amazing cameras that capture what the human eye cannot. The days of irate John McEnroes ranting over human errors are almost obsolete.

Except in 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. When teammates Jeneba Tarmoh and Allyson Felix competed against one another in the 100 meter run to qualify for the Olympics. Read more

A Big Fitness Oversight

You have to train boredom if you want to be FIT.

No matter your choice of exercise, it always includes a silent partner. Boredom. You can fight it, resist it, change it up. You can increase intensity, change the view, or wear neon shoes. At some point you just have to become friends with repetition. Read more