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Posts from the ‘Mental’ Category

Keep Your Friends Close, Your Enemies Closer…

and your “FRENEMIES” closest! I thought of this word while anxiously engaged in a good cause (losing my expanding waistline). Specifically, I was utilizing a principle I had learned from Dan John, one of my favorite strength and conditioning coaches, author and seemingly all around good egg.

More on Dan John in a minute, but first the principle: Inefficient Exercise, which he defines as

“doing something that takes a lot of movement and breathing and really doesn’t get you very far. If you are poor at swimming or dancing, swim or dance.”

My chosen Inefficient Exercise was riding my fixed gear bike. Although not a true “fixie” as these single speed bikes are commonly known, as my bike is set up to “freewheel” allowing me to rest when riding/coasting downhill. It is nonetheless, VERY inefficient for me, and as Coach Dan John has taught, a great way to lose body fat, exercise for met-con (metabolic conditioning), aerobic exercise, etc.

So why “frenemies?” After all, I am clearly a fan of Dan John and his coaching and should see him as a friend in my life… well, the truth is, because I was hurting. Bad. But that is good, inefficient, and in this case, and for my purpose effective, right? Right! But still, in my agony, I started “hating on” the guiltless Dan John… my new… “frenemy.”

Dan John is someone who teaches principles that are simple but not easy!  Principles that expose my weaknesses for my benefit! In my life, I have been blessed with many friends who have taught me myriad correct principles. When I am my best self I have had “enemies” who have taught me my own weaknesses, and therefore my most important life lessons personally.

During today’s efforts, I thought of some amazing “frenemies” I would like to introduce over the next several weeks, months, years? People who teach myriad correct principles that can expose personal weaknesses and help you develop YOUR best self, more than any friend or foe!

Examples: The aforementioned Dan John on Strength, Conditioning and being an amazing Coach! Jocko Willink and Leif Babin on Leadership, and Tim Ferriss on all things Learning/Teaching and Training/Coaching.

I am an unapologetic “bibliophile” and have read extensively the great writings of these three. Jocko and Tim also have amazing podcasts. My hope is to share with you some of what I have learned for your benefit, in hopes that you too might study these great Teachers/Coaches/Mentors, and selfishly to journal some of my experiences while putting their principles to the test! So…

“Keep your friends close, your enemies closer and your frenemies CLOSEST!”

 

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Making a Comeback

I so very much miss creating posts here. It’s been way too long. So long that I’m not sure exactly how to post. I’m shocked out how difficult it is to remember the “nuts and bolts” of posting here. I have a faint recollection of learning to post, finding the current background, creating some organization, adding pictures, adding videos and most important responding to the many kind comments that come through.

One thing that has not changed is my love for life, learning and sharing. Oh sure, there have been some serious changes and challanges, but I am still higly motivated to share some of my learning with others. Please remember me and my family in your prayers. I will do my part to find the time to “make a comeback,” here at PeakaBoomer.

Any fellow bloggers who have suggestions as to where I might find some instruction specific to WordPress, please let me know!

Best wishes to all! Joe H.

Prayer to Those Passed and Those Left Behind

There are few pains in life deeper than the loss of a loved one. This pain, in my experience, holds a deeper sting when the loss is suffered in violence, when the loss is a brother or sister with whom you have trained and served in righteous conflict against a common enemy.

 I wanted to share with those who have served and lost, those who support those who serve and have lost and all fellow Americans so that we might stand together in support of our loved ones who’s challenges are often unknown and unknowable, and sometimes unfathomable. Take the time today to say thank you to our service members, both foreign and domestic, and their families.

Here is an amazing song and video, I’ll let Edwin McCain tell the story and say the words in the way only he can. You can follow the lyrics I’ve included below, thanks to LyricsDomain.com:

Let them in, Peter
For they are very tired
Give them couches where the angels sleep
And light those fires
Let them wake whole again
To brand new dawns
Fired by the sun
Not war-times bloody guns
May their peace be deep
Remember where the broken bodies lie
God knows how young they were
To have to die

You know God knows how young they were
To have to die

Give them things they like
Let them make some noise
Give dance hall bands not golden harps
To these our boys
Let them love Peter
For they’ve had no time
They should have bird songs and trees
And hills to climb
The taste of summer
And a ripened pear
And girls as sweet as meadow wind
And flowing hair
And tell them how they are missed
But say not to fear
It’s gonna be all right
With us down here

Let them in, Peter
For they are very tired
Give them couches where the angels sleep
And light those fires
Let them wake whole again
To brand new dawns
Fired by the sun
Not war-times bloody guns
May their peace be deep
Remember where the broken bodies lie
God knows how young they were
To have to die

You know God knows how young they were
To have to die

And tell them how they are missed
But say not to fear
It’s gonna be all right
With us down here

It’s gonna be all right
With us down here

God Bless, and remember; “It’s gonna be all right with us down here,” for one day (hopefully a long time from now) we will be reunited for they are only lost for a season. Joe H

Books and Blogs

Don’t you love this age, when they’re missing their front teeth! Ah to be six again!

I’ve recently started Dave Ramsey’s NYT Bestseller; The Total Money Makeover, at Linda’s request. She wants us on the same page concerning our family finances. A good suggestion in and of itself. So far (only 3 chapters in) I really like this book, and trust me I’m a guy who could care less about this subject… to my peril!

I like the straightforward approach generally and Ramsey’s comparison of personal finance and debt to diet and exercise specifically. He tells his readers up front that he’s not going to say anything new (just like losing weight and getting fit, eat less/workout) he’s just going to package a plan, and show you how to accomplish freedom from debt and financial fitness.

And my favorite, he loves quotes! here are a few from the first three chapters:

Personal finance is 80 percent behavior, and only 20 percent head knowledge.

That’s good news, because I am NOT motivated to learn the “head knowledge!”

To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing. 

He attributes this great quote to Aristotle.

Those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still. 

This is just true, true, true, I’m sure we all agree!

A man with an experience is not at the mercy of a man with an opinion. 

Thank the Lord!

Even a turkey can fly in a tornado.

I like; “Even a broken clock is right twice a day!” Kinda the same!?

I also wanted to make a quick note about a blog I found that has goals similar to this one and does a fantastic job! AMSDaily.net, (Aspire, Motivate Succeed! Daily) has all kinds of inspirational stories, posts and ideas. Take some time to look a their about page here!

I’m certain I will be commenting in the future on both of these resources! Have a great day, Joe H

Quote of The Day

Work is crazy this week and probably for the next few. As much as I would like to write more, I probably will be unable. Hey, it’s good to have plenty of work! At any rate, I will at least do my very best to have a positive quote of the day, every day, even if I can’t comment on it!

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

I can’t find anyone to attribute this to, but I can tell you that I found it and other great quotes at croatia.org. A blog about all things Croatian… I know, strange, but that’s where I found it. The link I’ve embedded goes straight to the particular post where other great quotes can be found. Go try something new and have a great day! Joe H

It’s Not What You Know, It’s Knowing Where to Find It

The right to know is like the right to live. It is fundamental and unconditional in its assumption that knowledge, like life, is a desirable thing. GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (1913)

Today’s title is something I heard and said often as a  Physician Assistant (PA) resident in training. As testimony to this maxim we all rounded with our white coats’ pockets stuffed full of reference books, quick-guides, lists, and if you were really “on the cutting edge,” the new Palm Pilot. That was just ten years ago.

Palm Pilots quickly became old technology and today we enjoy amazing resources for increasing knowledge not only in medicine, but in literally every human discipline, and most of  it readily at our fingertips here in the US and other parts of the world. All serve to radically increase human knowledge, and therefore our ability to serve one another.

“New” ideas are generally not entirely new, but rather spring from existing ideas, which are either combined in new ways or built upon by experts who bring new insights to them. So, the iPod was born by combining the notion of miniaturized data storage with online music services. From that has grown the “podcast” phenomenon of broadcasting video/audio interviews to MP3 owners who can view this information at convenient times. And so on, and so forth. ROGER Z. GEORGE, Meeting 21st Century Transnational Challenges: Building a Global Intelligence Paradigm (2007)

How else could someone like me write and publish information as diverse as diet and spirituality, fitness and orphanages in Mexico, or quote Umberto Tosi, Winston Churchill or Roger Z. George? Trust me, it’s not what I know, I just know where to find it.

I’ve been able, over the past two weeks, to come to work with a particular thought in mind, expand on it via an internet search or two, find pertinent quotes, and write my ideas down here. Not  entirely new ideas, just ideas that “are either combined in new ways or built upon,” and given new insight (I pray) from any expertise I might be blessed with.

I love learning and sharing what I learn. So much so, that I have, and will continue, God willing, to hyperlink names of people I have quoted to a wikipedia page in many cases, or other resources in other cases. If you check today’s hyperlinks and any of my past links to wikipedia, you will see the image I’ve placed above, as wikipedia and others are on “strike” today, protesting legislation that may limit or halt our ability to find and utilize information. Tomorrow the links will be back in operation. Find out why many resources are “striking,” Google search SOPA BLACKOUT or simply check my links from this blog! Have a great day, and stay informed! Joe H

P.S. Roger Z. George’s quote was taken from the CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence. The article sited the Intelligence Communities need to use a global “open source” collection model, involving non-government persons from many diverse disciplines worldwide in an effort to find and mitigate “new threats which are more diverse, less visible and less predictable!” Ironic I think. How will this be accomplished without the unrestricted, OPEN SOURCE, flow of information?

You are What You Read

Thank God for books! And yet thank God that the great realm of truth lies yet outside of books, too vast to be mastered by types or imprisoned in libraries. HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs From Plymouth Pulpit (1887)

I’m not sure when it started, but at some point I’ve grown to love books. Hopefully not as a bibliophile, one who loves books for collection and admiration, but as a bookworm, a person devoted to reading or studying.

The adult relation to books is one of absorbing rather than being absorbed. ANTHONY BURGESS, “The Book is Not For Reading,” The New York Times Book Review, Dec. 4, 1966.

I’ve always admired my best friend John McCarthy, he’s one to never be absorbed by reading. Specifically I recall him telling me on one occasion that he never reads fiction. By contrast when I left Stanford and 600+ pages of textbook reading a week (I did well but never truly “kept up” on all of the reading assignments)  I swore an oath to read novels only for the next year. Honestly, not a very productive year.

Here’s John at his gym with Cameron, right and A.J. left. Just after he opened in 2006. 

John is particularly fond of reading Biography’s. To confirm testimony for today’s post title, John recently published his auto-biography, Let’s Get it On: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee written with author and sports writer, Loretta Hunt. 

John has enjoyed marked success through hard work. While completing his career with LAPD, John was instrumental if not completely responsible, for the survival of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in it’s early days. MMA has completely changed how the world practices “martial arts,” and unarmed self defense. These changes have provided our armed forces, police and others’ tasked with protection and service, marked improvement in close quarter combat systems which can keep them safer in their chosen profession(s).  Not too shabby.

For those of you local to Southern California, John has retired from the LAPD and owns and operates his own MMA/Fitness/Athletic Development Gym in Valencia, CA Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy (BJMUTA)A great place to train.

So read on! Absorb, don’t be absorbed and enjoy the journey toward peak performance. Have a great day, Joe H