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Sunday, 11 December 2005


I think this is a very good insight. We get better at what we do, as long as we focus on getting better. I think too many folks do get comfortable with being unhappy: they can too easily imagine things getting worse. And in many cases, changes or efforts to improve do make things less certain in the early stages. It's a challenge to figure out how you want to keep score and then to calibrate it against both your progress to date and distance to your goals. No one stays on a diet thinking "I still have thirty pounds to lose," it's not as motivating as "I've lost twelve pounds." I think entrepreneurs in particular can become discourage because "they aren't a success" when they should take heart because they are trying new things and at least making new mistakes. Some quotes to complement your very insightful post:

"They can because they think they can."

"It's the most unhappy people who most fear change."
Mignon McLaughlin

"The only time you mustn't fail is the last time you try."
Charles Kettering

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare;
It is because we do not dare that they are difficult."

"Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work."
Thomas A. Edison

"Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our full powers."
Mignon McLaughlin

I don't know. I agree with some of your post but there are parts that I don't.

I don't think all unhappy people are happy being unhappy. I think it's more of a matter of trying to find your way out of a rut/situation. Haven't you ever been driving and gotten lost? Imagine you don't have a map, and you don't know where to buy one. How are you going to find your way home? What if you can't find to anyone willing to give you directions. That's right. You've got to do it yourself. But misery loves company and people don't always take kindly to others, "looking for greener pastures" or "trying to get above themselves". (I despise that last term.)

I'm referring to your first paragraph where you discuss strength. Everything you said is true but you left out two parts, rest and refuel. When you first begin weight training they tell you not to work the same body part two days in a row. This is because your muscles need 24-48 (I can't remember) hours to recover. Heavy exercise causes little tears in your muscles. That's what you're feeling when your sore the next day. It takes a day or two for those little tears to heal. Once they do you are stronger than you were before. But while those tears are healing bending over to lift the laundry basket and little everyday things like that may be a little painful. If you continue to work out before you've healed you risk seriously injuring yourself. If you continue working out while injured you can do permanent damage.

The case with people is similar. Emotionally and mentally we are tougher than our bodies, so it would take a great deal to cause permanent irreversible damage but it is possible. Also as you implied it is possible to spend to much time at rest, which will cause one to get weaker. If one spends their whole life eating and sleeping they are going to get sick and most likely die way before their time. I'm sure you've people who have gotten old before there time. The youthful zest for life is gone and vice versa. I've met some older people who have more pep than people half their age. It's all about balance.

When people don't get time to get there emotional or mental rest it does to the psyche what excessive exercise does to the body. People who are emotionally exhausted may say things like, I'm burnt out" or "I feel all used up". and yes, "I don't know where to start".

Anyway, that was the point I wanted to make. It's a cycle. Everything needs to rest and refuel. Nothing can just go forever.

Where you said: Why must compromises be made so quickly? If compromises must be made, at which point should they be made? I think amazing things happen to people who expect amazing things to happen.

That was something I needed to hear. Especially the compromise part.

One step on from Stephanie's comment about the need to "rest and refuel" with Weight Training...not only is it wise to rest the muscles sufficiently from one workout to the next, but the entire body itself.

...It's not just the muscles that get taxed during a strenuous workout, but also the immune system, hormonal system and central nervous system too. These systems typically need even longer than muscles to recover appropriately when weight training, and going back too soon can have a disastrous effect on personal progress.

If you're interesting, there's a whole lot more juicy info on this via the link for a complete and thorough weight training program.

Very best,
Matt Carter


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Just to comment on Matts post,

Its not about weight training you div, its an analogy.

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