Archive for September, 2014

How to be better at your sport

September 29, 2014

Want to get better at your sport?

Then focus on safety!

In order to be safer, you will need to do the movements better. By improving the movements, not only do you improve safety but it will improve the quality of your technique, which will make you better at your sport. Thus, a change in one area (safety) has a cascade of effects on other areas (quality of movement, performance, skill). That is really neat.

I learned this while reading the fantastic book, The Power of Habit. The book talks about the time when Alcoa Corporation was struggling, so they brought in Paul O’Neil as the new CEO. In his inaugural speech to the shareholders O’Neil talked exclusively about safety – his goal was for the company’s workforce to have zero injuries. The shareholders were shell shocked. This was not the normal speech for an incoming CEO. The “normal” CEO would talk about improving profits, streamlining the workforce, etc. But no, O’Neil talked about safety. Over time O’Neil’s focus on safety resulted in a huge impact on the entire corporation, as the only way to improve safety was to do things better (improve quality) and to use reliable machinery (reproducible results). Thus, the focus on safety triggered a cascade of other, positive effects. Under O’Neil’s reign Alcoa’s profits rose five-fold!

Cutoff age for football referee, FAA flight controller

September 14, 2014

This week I met someone who is a referee for high school and college football. He has aspirations to be a referee for professional football. He explained to me that 50 years of age is the cutoff age for becoming a referee for professional football. That is, if you’re over 50 and you’re not in, then you can never get in.

A few months ago I met someone who is an FAA flight controller. She explained to me that 30 years of age is the cutoff age for becoming a flight controller. That is, if you’re over 30 and you’re not in, then you can never get it.

Deadlifts to Activate the Kundalini Energy

September 7, 2014

Yesterday I had a tremendous amount of energy. So much energy, in fact, it was difficult to sleep last night. Today I reflected on this and asked: Did I eat something different? No. Did I take a new vitamin supplement? No.

Then it occurred to me that I did do something different yesterday: I did deadlifts for the first time in several weeks. I am convinced that it was the deadlifts that activated the energy in my back and spine!

I remember reading about a spiritual practice called Kundalini Yoga. The objective of the practice is to raise the Kundalini (energy) at the base of the spine. It occurs to me that the deadlifts I did yesterday raised my Kundalini!

Want to raise your Kundalini? Do a set of 20 reps of deadlifts!