Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

February 13, 2019

More is Better When Coordinating with Others

Think Tai Chi class when reading about this new research.

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February 4, 2019

The Sky is Blue (usually), Rain is Wet, and…

Exercise is Your Best Defense Against Deep Abdominal Fat

Well, actually, it won’t be enough, long term, by itself… search “Jason Fung, MD” on this Blog for Posts on a message that we all need to hear.

January 28, 2019

Seth Godin (Again) – Opportunity Costs

He is a genius.

Opportunity costs just went up

Every choice has a price.

If you have $100 to invest and you buy this stock instead of that bond, the interest you gave up in making your choice is your opportunity cost.

At the dinner buffet, you can take as much food as you like, but you can only consume so much food. Which means that eating the jambalaya means you won’t have room to eat a dosa. That’s your opportunity cost.

Opportunity cost is the key to making decisions. Once you know the value of the alternatives you’re giving up, you can be smarter about what you’re choosing to do.

Time is finite. We only get the next hour once, and then it’s gone forever. So choices about how we spend or invest our time come with real opportunity costs.

A car with a bumper sticker that says, “I’d rather be surfing,” tells us a lot about the driver (including the inconsistency of his or her actions). But it’s proof that each of us wrestles with opportunity costs every day.

With that in mind, the cost of watching a cat video on YouTube is real indeed.

And the internet has raised the opportunity cost of time spent.

Our access to the world of learning and online resources means that the alternatives are far more valuable than they used to be.

You’re about to spend 11 minutes perfecting an email to a customer. You could do a 90% ideal job in one minute, and the extra 10 minutes spent will increase the ‘quality’ of the email to 92%.

The alternative? Now, you could spend that ten minutes reading a chapter of an important new book. You could learn a few new functions in Javascript. You could dive deep into the underlying economics of your new project…

Or perhaps you’re about to spend an hour manually cleaning a database or tweaking some image files. You do this every day.

Today, though, you could invest an hour in learning to build a macro that will do this recurring job in just a minute a day from now on. Or you could figure out how to hire a trusted freelancer who will do the job on a regular basis for far less than it’s costing you to do it yourself.

Next week, the choices you made at the buffet won’t matter much. But if you learn a new skill, you own it forever.

Human beings don’t like thinking about opportunity costs. As they approach infinity, it’s easy to get paralyzed. As they get harder to compute, it’s difficult to focus and be mindful of the choices already made. That’s a challenge.

But worse, far worse, is to ignore them and fail to learn and connect and level up.

January 27, 2019

Truth: On Many Levels (Seth Godin)

Relentlessly lowering expectations

We always compare performance on a relative basis. “Well, it’s better than it was yesterday…”

Toddlers, for example, seem like geniuses compared to the babies they used to be.

Some people around us have embraced a strategy of always lowering expectations so that their mediocre effort is seen as acceptable. Over time, we embrace the pretty good memo or the decent leadership moment, because it’s so much better than we feared.

And some? Some relentlessly raise expectations, establishing a standard that it’s hard to imagine exceeding. And then they do.

If you’ve been cornered into following, working with or serving someone in the first group, an intervention can be rewarding. For you and for the person trapped in this downward cycle.

Raising our expectations is a fine way to raise performance as well.

January 26, 2019

Muscle Atrophy and Retraining

If the results shown in this study turn out to be also true for humans, then this will be very important.

It just adds to the very long list of reasons for getting strong – whenever, and however you can, no matter who you are.

And getting stronger has never been easier. Search ‘strong’ and ‘strength’ on this Blog and you will find a wealth of information that will assist you in getting strong safely and easily.

Leave a question if you have one.

May 10, 2018

Getting Better Word Production Skills

As if we need more reasons to exercise…

April 20, 2018

Stronger People Have Healthier Brains

Source: University of Manchester.

A study of nearly half a million people has revealed that muscular strength, measured by handgrip, is an indication of how healthy our brains are.

(I love it when the title says it all and you don’t have to actually read the article!)

 

April 17, 2018

Get Behind – and Push

http://neurosciencenews.com/exercise-learning-8821/

April 15, 2018

Wow, Those Little Guys are Sharp!

http://neurosciencenews.com/microbiome-fat-absorption-8783/

April 11, 2018

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) & Dementia: Not Good News

This is not good news for those of us who played Rugby in college, or participated in boxing, or basketball, or any other violent sports.

But, like every other toxic exposure from our past, we can take measures. The body naturally heals: it is self-healing – given the opportunity and a healing environment.

The brain, of all things, is ‘plastic’ and can be molded. There are a dozen or more posts in this Blog regarding that. Physical, chemical, and mental. Keep it simple.

Get adjusted. Eat well. Exercise appropriately.

Nowadays life is more complex than in the past. Dealing with all of our exposures is an active exercise in the pursuit of health (detox is not just a buzz word).

Search this Blog and you will find much that can support you whether you are in Relief, Rehab, or Recovery mode. It is all about promoting health – getting on the path of health from where ever you are. Use it to your  benefit.

April 10, 2018

Strategy vs Tactics

This is the best explanation I have seen. (No surprise it comes from Seth Godin!)

Why even bother to think about strategy?

There’s confusion between tactics and strategy. It’s easy to get tied up in semantic knots as you work to figure out the distinction. It’s worth it, though, because strategy can save you when tactics fail.

If a tactic fails, you should consider abandoning it.

But that doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with your strategy. Your strategy is what you keep doing even after you walk away from a tactic.

A real estate broker could decide that her goal is to get more listings.

And her strategy is to achieve that by becoming the most trusted person in town.

There are then 100 tactics she can use to earn that trust. She can coordinate events, sponsor teams, host community meetings in her office, sponsor the local baseball team, be transparent about her earnings, hire countless summer interns at a fair wage, run seminars at the local library, etc. …

It doesn’t matter if one or two or five of the tactics aren’t home runs. They add up.

But if once, just once, she violates someone’s trust and expectations, the entire strategy goes out the window.

Tactics are disposable.

Strategy is for the long haul.

March 30, 2018

People hear when they are ready to listen…

… and see when they are ready to look.

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