April 21st, 2014

Fooling My Brain

Posted by strive4impact on April 21, 2014 08:22 PM

Sometimes, I have to fool my brain.

“Will I feel better if I do 30 push ups before I go to sleep? I mean, about myself?”
Yes, probably.

“Can I do 30 pushups, especially if I break it into two sets of 15?”
Yes.

“Do I want to do 30 pushups?”
No.

“But I should.”
Yes.

“I don’t want to do 30 pushups.”
Then don’t.

“But I should.”
Yes.

“So I’m just going to get down on the ground and do 30 pushups.”
No.

“Can I do 15 pushups?”
Yes.

“So I’m just going to get down on the ground and do 15 pushups.”
No.

“Can I do 5 pushups?”
Yes.

“So I’m just going to get down on the ground and do 5 pushups, right now,  before I do anything else, even taking this drink of water.”
Sure. Why not. That seems really stupid simple.

While I am down on the ground, I end up doing 20 pushups in one shot.

Now, after this, there is no way (now) that I will go to bed without doing at least 30 pushups.

(After all, I am already done with 20 of the 30.)

Chances are even good, that I will do more than 30 before I go to bed.

But if I had committed to 30 at the outset, I never would have done one.

So I committed to 5 instead.

Next time you are having a hard time getting yourself to do something that seems difficult or that you don’t want to do, break it down to a stupid simple level.

Then tie that activity to something really *human basic*… like “I will do this before I go to the bathroom”, or “I will do this before I get a glass of water”, or “I will do this before I eat”, or “I will do this before the next time I stand up”.

(Side note: Then make sure to actually go to the bathroom, or take the drink of water, or get something to eat.)

I once heard this said as “commit to doing 1 pushup everyday, and you will find yourself doing a lot more.”

Have you tried this method?

Does this method of brain trickery/brain hacking work for you?

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February 17th, 2014

An Amazing Olympic Story – JR Celski

Posted by strive4impact on February 17, 2014 01:41 PM

“Without having setbacks, there can’t be a will to overcome.”

“Through my successes, and through my failures, I’ve been able to narrow down, genuinely, [my] why.”

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February 13th, 2014

An Amazing Olympic Story – Rico Roman

Posted by strive4impact on February 13, 2014 01:49 PM

You will see Rico if you watch the Paralympics. An incredible comeback story.

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February 12th, 2014

Can Plants Think?

Posted by strive4impact on February 12, 2014 01:37 PM

There have also been other studies which show that plants respond to the emotional states of humans.

A couple of other interesting “food for thought” videos for today:

I didn’t watch all of this one… But in the same vein, if you have the time to watch.

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February 11th, 2014

For Our Moms

Posted by strive4impact on February 11, 2014 05:31 PM

There are some amazing commercials coming out around the Olympics.

This post is for our moms.

Thank you for picking us up, and we hope you enjoy the Olympics!

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February 10th, 2014

A Review of ZipCar: My First ZipCar Experience

Posted by strive4impact on February 10, 2014 08:59 AM

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February 8th, 2014

How Olympians Have Changed

Posted by strive4impact on February 08, 2014 01:25 PM

Olympians’ body types have changed.

This video shows you why.

I found most fascinating the explanation about male vs. female ski jumpers.

Hope you enjoy watching those incredible body types compete!

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January 15th, 2014

Beatboxing the Blues In Britain (Video)

Posted by strive4impact on January 15, 2014 09:07 PM

Incredible Beatboxing to the Blues.

Here’s the original David Crowe that Carrie sent me which probably is why the related video (above) showed up on YouTube.

Can you Beatbox? Post below…

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January 11th, 2014

This Video Will Make You Hurt

Posted by strive4impact on January 11, 2014 12:15 PM

This is the best description I have seen (at least recently) about how your thoughts can make you sick or keep you healthy.

It’s something that’s difficult to remember in big, loud, media driven America, but it’s really important to remember too.

Thoughts are things, and the words we use to describe our thoughts have a real effect on us and others.

Did you get a headache in the first 30 seconds? Post below if this did or didn’t happen to you…

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December 29th, 2013

Poem: When Spoken Into Being

Posted by strive4impact on December 29, 2013 08:46 AM

Someone hired me to write a New Year’s poem for a blended family. This is the poem I created for this particular blended family.

If you’d like me to write a New Year’s Poem for you or your family, please let me know.

When Spoken Into Being
by Jonathan Kraft

In the new year together we’ll see
That we will all very boldly go
We’re a special, unique kind of clan
A different kind of family, y’know?

While the nucleus of some families
by blood with one another is shared
ours is especially connected,
demonstrated in ways that we’ve cared.

That care will grow as we move together
into this great and brand new year.
We’ve got great things ahead of us.
Yes, we’ve got nothing to fear,

for the bonds of a family that’s blended
are forged in the flames of choice.
It’s amazing that bonds can be stronger
when chosen into being by one’s own voice.

And so, as we move as a family group,
supporting and sharing, and getting through strife,
we know that we’ll be stronger and
we know we’ll have an even better life.

We’ve got connections like no others have,
and yes, in this year two-thousand fourteen,
these connections that our clan shares
will help us create the dreams that we’ve seen.

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