Getting the mail is no longer the once exciting, anticipated event that it once was. Not only has the fond memories of pen-pals and other communication all but disappeared but…
Having trained for triathlons, much of my training for open water swims has been in a traditional 25 or 50 meter pool. Since competitive swimming wasn’t something I had done previously I never mastered the infamous flip turn that so often we see competitive swimmers complete. After attending a masters class, I was finally convinced to attempt and change my style of turn on these occasions. The uncomfort of water up the nose, burning lungs and disoriented push offs were powerful influences to stop and revert back to my previous style of touch turn which allowed me to stop, catch my breath and push off again. As hard as the learning curve seemed to be I knew I needed to gain a rhythm of my motion. Keeping my momentum and cadence would save needed energy and allow me to reach my distance goals easier. Patience during the transition allowed me to persevere. The end result was positive and the benefits of being more efficient and keeping momentum did in fact save energy and allowed me to swim longer distances easier during events.
With the New Year I have been contemplating the principle of the flip turn and the similarities in our own lives. What happens when we get to the “wall” of our own goals and desires in life. Do we stop to take a breathe and lose momentum in the process? Do we lack the energy to restart which inevitably distances ourselves from our own success? Do we find it hard to start again and needlessly reset the progression each time we decide to do so? Read More The Principle of the Flip Turn
I imagine that it was an optimist of sorts that received an ugly Christmas sweater and decided to throw a party in excitement for what the sweater could bring. Perhaps…
During college, I had a roommate who adamantly proclaimed that the worst drivers on the road came from Idaho. As a passenger in her car, I often held a white knuckle death grip on the door handle as she weaved in and out a traffic with near misses and stopped short at every intersection. I never felt safe while in her vehicle and had the opinion that she herself, was the worst driver on the road. She was from Canada and I, having learned to drive in California, where routine stops without stopping are commonplace and merging in traffic is fundamental to survival, made me the authority and therefore correct in my assumption. Read More Who are the worst drivers on the road?
Recently, a colleague was feeling very unappreciated within his company. He felt he was never commended for the job he was doing, acknowledged for positive changes he had made within his department, or ever thanked for the extra hours he put in that seemingly went unnoticed by senior management. Little by little, he began to believe he was not liked or wanted within his company – the narrative of our experience that unfortunately can be a louder voice than we would like it to be. He enjoyed his job, bought into company values and had no desire to leave the company. Ultimately this individual embarked on a job hunt leading him to take a job with another company, receiving the validation that his career experience had value and that he brought something needed to the table. Read More The invisible hurdle
Recently the Wall Street Journal published an article about how yogurt companies are cosmetically changing their packaging to specifically target male shoppers. The “traditional pink” yogurt aisle has discouraged men from buying yogurt despite men shopping the same amount as women in the grocery store. Bold packaging with increased ounces, more protein and black labels will soon be on the shelf in the local dairy section. This may sound ridiculous but millions of marketing dollars have been spent discovering how these large companies can capture more of the market share. By simply changing the packaging,
a different impression can be made. Read More Packaging Impressions