Overcoming Overwhelm

This is the system I described in a recent quick tips episode of the Discover Grow Shinecast, a new podcast to help you along the path to health, wealth, wisdom and a happier life. This is the system I use whenever I feel like I'm suddenly in the spinning-wheel of death mode that Mac-users know when their computer goes into system overload for too long. 1. Stop What You're Doing No matter how … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Sleeping Better

Sleep is a topic that is dear to my heart because I've long been a proponent as sleep as one of the four pillars of health. This post for Day 30 of the Idea Machine Project offers 10 tips for better sleep. The Shinecast four pillars of great health were inspired by the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin and my own experiences at lifehacking since I was a pre-teen. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a … [Read more...]

The Care and Feeding of Heffalumps

The tale of "Piglet Meets A Heffalump," in Winnie-the-Pooh is replete with wisdom about human behavior, particularly in the face of our tendency to fear what we don't recognize or understand and our desire to hold on to what we have out of fear of loss or a mindset based on scarcity. I think some of our greatest insights can come from simple stories—like this one. Here's a recap, if you've … [Read more...]

Epiphany: The Power of Action

An epiphany refers to a striking breakthrough or or manifestation or “enlightening realization” that enables someone to more deeply understand a problem or situation. Epiphanies usually come after much thought, study, deep consideration of the problem. For some time, I’ve been grappling with issues about where to best focus my efforts to fulfill my purpose. I’ve had inklings, over the years. In … [Read more...]

Zoom, Vivace, Jazz: The Power of Words

Can three words inspire, motivate -- even define you for an entire year? A lifetime? If words shape our thoughts, our emotions, our actions, it would seem so. “Our life is shaped by the mind, we become what we think.” Buddha I know the power of words. I value words. The Book of John in the New Testament says Jesus is The Word: "In the beginning was the Word..." So it's hard to believe I’d … [Read more...]

To Curtis Ikard: Thanks for Expanding My World

Even as a child, I knew of Curtis Ikard. The Russellville Marching 100 was widely-recognized as the best high school band in North Alabama, maybe the entire state. And Curtis Ikard was a force of nature known for his commitment to perfection and stylistic flare. The Russellville Marching 100 was a success, in large part because one man would settle for nothing less. Small towns take pride in … [Read more...]

Why Sitting is Bad For Your Health

This Infographic is from MedicalBillingandCoding.org It's pretty obvious from the statistics that sitting is bad for your health. If you've ever been the type to exercise at all, you know that exercise is better than sitting. What's interesting (and of concern) is that studies reveal that exercise won't prevent all the increased health risks that come from sitting eight hours a day. Via: … [Read more...]

We become…

Last week's Monday  Motivator focused on the power of our thoughts to shape our lives. But actions matter, too. We write our own destiny; we become what we do. Soong May-ling, Chinese political leader This is so true. We demonstrate what matters to us by how we spend our time, the choices we make, the actions we take. What are you doing? If health matters, are you exercising and eating … [Read more...]

Make Miracles Happen

I recently spent a good bit of time going through several boxes of papers and miscellaneous items that had accumulated and needed to be dealt with. One item I found was a small pamphlet containing an essay by Norman Vincent Peale. I recalled that my aunt had given this to me several years ago. I decided to re-read the essay, "Expect a Miracle, Make Miracles Happen," last week to launch the new … [Read more...]

Lessons From David Copperfield

Last night I watched MGM's 1935 version of David Copperfield on Turner Classic Movies. We can glean more than a few "life lessons" from the characters, as is typical of Dickens and much literature that stands the test of time. Here a few quotes from the film and book for today's Monday Motivator post: "Never be mean in anything, never be false, never be cruel." David's aunt, Miss Betsey … [Read more...]