Playing to win, or playing not to lose?

Great North Run No

The other day I came across this quote –

“For the past three years, I have been playing not to lose. After yesterday, now I am playing to win”.

It can from another excellent post by Peter Bromka. It was a text from his Dad to him before the Chicago marathon.

His Dad had heart surgery three years ago, and the day before the marathon he had been taken back into hospital for further surgery. Continue reading “Playing to win, or playing not to lose?”

Living with Lions – Find your Motivation

Lions Team

Although running and cycling are my main pastimes, my favourite team sport is Rugby.

Currently down in New Zealand the British and Irish Lions are preparing for the First Test match on Saturday against the back to back World Champions.

To the uninitiated, every 4 years a squad of rugby players are selected from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to go on a 7-8 week tour to either Australia, South Africa or New Zealand. They play a number of matches against club and regional sides and culminates in 3 Tests against the hosts. Most rugby players see being picked to be in a Lions squad and playing a test match as the pinnacle of their career. Continue reading “Living with Lions – Find your Motivation”

Phones – Weapons of Mass Distraction

Tied to phone

Next time you’re on a train. Look around you. Everyone’s on their phones. It’s a bit eerie!

That pocket-sized supercomputer that contains your life. 1,270 times faster than the Apollo 11 guidance computer that guided man to the moon in 1969.

I often say –

“What the hell did we do before mobile phones?”

It’s difficult to remember. You had to make arrangements to meet someone and stick to it. Actually turn up on time. You had to use a map or ask for directions. You carried a separate camera. Continue reading “Phones – Weapons of Mass Distraction”

Why I run? Why do you run?

Richmond Half Land

Why do you do something? When you’re trying or aiming to start a new habit or setting yourself a new goal, plenty of advice on the subject will ask-

“What is your Why?”

This is the big underlying reason why you want to do what you want to do.

It could be that you’ve had some chest pain and a tingling sensation in your arm. Continue reading “Why I run? Why do you run?”

Minimalism – Declutter your life

Over the last 2 or so years, I’ve been trying to get rid of stuff. Some of this has come about due to house moves and mainly due to two people moving into a flat together that has no storage. As someone once said to me –

“Storage. That’s what garages, basements and attics are for”

Spare Room Minimilism
The spare room!

Well, I have none of these, but what I do have is a spare room. However, I can now no longer go into the room due to the anxiety I get as soon as I enter. Continue reading “Minimalism – Declutter your life”

Meditation – What is it? What does it do?

Bushy Park Meditation

I listen to plenty of podcasts. Many are about health, fitness, business and entrepreneurship. When people on these podcasts are asked – “What’s the one thing that made a profound change in your life?” The answer is often meditation.

After hearing this answer so many times I had to see what the panacea for a successful (1), wholesome life was! I downloaded the free Headspace app and tried the Take 10 (Ten 10 minutes guided introductory sessions) pack. I liked it and following that, I became a fully paid up subscriber and have now been meditating (on and off) for around a year. (2)

So what’s the science?

Continue reading “Meditation – What is it? What does it do?”

Christmas List – Listen and Read

With Christmas coming up you may have a bit of time on your hands whilst you digest the turkey and the TV is playing Frozen on loop. You may need something to listen to or read. You may even be in the need of a Christmas present idea for your Brother in Law/Dad/Uncle.

I have put together a list of things I have enjoyed recently or in the past. It’s a little male-centric but all the items have a little something extra that I think everyone can appreciate. Most are related to sports, but not all. I have tried to mix it up a little bit and think all have a strong message and something to learn.

I previously posted about films and podcasts here.

TO LISTEN

Focus at Will

focus at will

When I am studying or writing, I like many will struggle with total silence. I also struggle with finding the correct music that suits the exercise. Not too fast, not too slow. Lyrics or no lyrics. I just end up flicking through my library. Continue reading “Christmas List – Listen and Read”

Christmas List – Watch and Listen

With Christmas coming up you may have a bit of time on your hands whilst you digest the turkey and the TV is playing Frozen on loop. You may need something to watch or listen to. You may even be in the need of a Christmas present idea for your Brother in Law/Dad/Uncle

I have put together a list of things I have enjoyed recently or in the past. It’s a little male-centric but all the items have a little something extra that I think everyone can appreciate. Most are related to sports, but not all. I have tried to mix it up a little bit and think all have a strong message and something to learn.

To watch

I kinda’ knobbled myself here having done a post about my favourite sports films, so you could just go and watch any of those.

Creed (2015)

Continue reading “Christmas List – Watch and Listen”

Why do you run? What’s the reward?

Bushy Park

I am currently reading Busy – How to thrive in a world of too much by Tony Crabbe. Good book. Worth reading.

In it, he refers to a study in 1973 by Mark R Lepper and David Greene from Stanford University and Richard Nisbitt from the University of Michigan who ran an experiment with children you loved drawing.

Some were told they would be rewarded for drawing, and the others were not. Continue reading “Why do you run? What’s the reward?”

Busy – Whats with all the busyness?

Hi So Busy
Credit

When you ask someone “How’s things?” or “How are you?”

What is the common response?

“Busy”

Yes. More often than not, the reply is “Busy”. If you don’t reply in a similar way you feel a bit of a fraud. Busyness has become a status symbol. Continue reading “Busy – Whats with all the busyness?”