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Counter intuitive results from personal data

Unfortunately in society when we talk about fitness or getting fit, we often think of something like this:

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Source: US Army

Weโ€™ve seen so many montages from the Rocky movies and so much Crossfit footage that we assume to โ€œget fitโ€ means that you have to join a gym and annihilate yourself every training session, to the point youโ€™re lying in a puddle of your sweat and questioning the reason for your existence. If your lungs arenโ€™t on fire with sweat pouring out of you, youโ€™re just not training hard enough and your workout isnโ€™t useful.

No wonder people see it as an impossible goal and struggle to even take the first step. โ€ฆ


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Here we go again. Source Gage Skidmore.

Oh, the humanity!

You may have heard a few days ago that Penguin Random House Canada announced the upcoming launch of Jordan Petersonโ€™s new book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life. The original 12 Rules for Life was a massive hit, selling over 3 million copies as of mid 2019, in addition to a worldwide tour where Peterson packed venues to speak for two hours at a time.

The response to the announcement of the sequel has been a remarkable dichotomy. โ€ฆ


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For both the left and the right

So in yet another moment of jaw dropping insanity surrounding the US election, Katy Perry wrote this tweet in the wake of Bidenโ€™s soon to be confirmed win:

โ€œThe first thing I did when the presidency was called is text and call my family members who do not agree and tell them I love them and am here for them. #FamilyFirst. Call your family today. Happy Sunday.โ€

Living in a country like Australia, this is a completely sane and expected viewpoint. While there are always those on the fringes of both the left and the right that come across as rabid and single minded, the vast majority in the centre are sensible enough to not see each other as enemies, but people with different ideas on what makes an ideal society. โ€ฆ


You say no, but your actions might be saying yes

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โ€œHun, you just went straight through a red light.โ€

I remember it like it happened yesterday, even though it was years ago now. Iโ€™d been over in Michigan to be trained on our products for a week. Itโ€™s 22 hours worth of flying from Australia, with a change at LAX and Chicago. In addition to 8 hours a day of training while feeling jetlagged out of my mind, I also had a bunch of work to catch up on at the end of each day thanks to the time zone difference between Michigan and Sydney. โ€ฆ


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The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889. You missed it by 100+ years, just like youโ€™ve already missed the email land rush. Source: Public Domain

Was it worth the time and trouble?

The email list has always been the gold standard of marketing since the Internet began. You have a captive audience of followers who hang on your every word because after all, they signed up for it, so they must be interested. You can share your life with them, sell to them, there are literally no downsides and no reason not to do it.

Sounds a little bit good to be true, no?

Let me take you back a decade ago, maybe a little bit longer. The Internet was like the great land rush of 1889 โ€” huge, open swaths of potential subscribers just waiting to put their email addresses into opt-in forms for anyone who was sharp enough to see that it was going to be a thing. Those people now have tens, even hundreds of thousands of subscribers to their credit who have stuck around, bought their stuff and made them rich. โ€ฆ


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Is this what we used to call normal? Photo by Andre Furtado from Pexels

The daily grind sure as hell didnโ€™t feel โ€œnormalโ€ anymore

It was a Friday early on in March when our wider teamโ€™s boss called us together and said weโ€™d be sent home and would work there for the foreseeable future. COVID hadnโ€™t really hit Australia at that point, but everyoneโ€™s concern was rising and so the work from home order was a welcome one. Most of us, myself included, figured weโ€™d probably be back to the office by the end of June.

Well, June came and went, because after the bulk of our cases in April and May, things still felt like they could go either way, so most of us then revised our prediction to maybe September. We were pretty close. Last Friday (mid October), my team stepped into the office for the first time since weโ€™d been sent home in March. โ€ฆ


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Thereโ€™s a gaping flaw that no one seems to have noticed

If there is one thing Iโ€™ve heard constantly during my time in the corporate world, itโ€™s the insistence that you have to set SMART goals. Theyโ€™re held up as the be all and end all of individual development, because the acronym and explanation behind it seem so credible and well explained that there couldnโ€™t possibly an argument against using it.

For those that donโ€™t know, SMART goal setting is about using the acronym to test your goal and ensure itโ€™s clear enough that it can be achieved. It stands for:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant

Timebound

It looks legit AF doesnโ€™t it? Of course as things usually go, trends like this that get a lot of play in the corporate world eventually seep into the real world, so youโ€™ll find the usual life hacking guru types espousing the practice as well. The thing is, I had a recent epiphany on this subject, and the more I think about it the more I realise that the entire premise of SMART goal setting is just more corporate bullshit, and hereโ€™s why. โ€ฆ


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My axle deadlift while competing at Static Monsters. Credit: Fiona Barrett P hotography.

And I wasnโ€™t even 40 yet

โ€œMr. Ross, it seems as though your heart doesnโ€™t want to go back into rhythm on its own, so weโ€™re just going to sedate you, and then weโ€™ll shock it back into rhythm ourselves.โ€

My resting heart rate, which at the time was already elevated at 120bpm (double my normal RHR), shot up to about 190 upon hearing that news. The lovely young doctor who said the above realized just how much she had freaked me out and spent the next five minutes reassuring me that it was actually a very normal procedure and I had nothing to worry about.

Disclaimer: none of this is intended as medical advice, only an account of my experience and hypotheses that may help others. โ€ฆ


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So what part are you going to play?

A couple of weeks ago, Ayodeji Awosika wrote a fantastic article about himself and the difference with other self-help writers. Namely, the fact that he practices what he preaches. I found myself continuously nodding my head at his points โ€” namely that if something is worth doing, itโ€™s even more worth doing when it gets hard. Thatโ€™s not the time to pack it in, but to maintain the course.

My favourite line out of this piece summed it up perfectly:

โ€œEverybody loves to quote Marcus Aurelius and Seneca until itโ€™s time to be stoic. โ€ฆ


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Ellen during her opening monologue, where she addressed workplace issues. Source: Facebook.

And itโ€™s part of a wider social trend

Well, we pretty much should have expected it. No matter how Ellen apologized when she made her way back to TV, she was never going to satisfy people. Of course, everyone assumes the apology should have been delivered in the exact way that they wanted. Worse yet, plenty of people are determined to continue with the trend of โ€œfuck her, I hope she gets cancelled,โ€ because theyโ€™ve already made their mind up about her.

Make no mistake, this wasnโ€™t an apology delivered to a benign audience with open minds about what she had to say. I sure as shit wouldnโ€™t want to be delivering an apology from the position she did. โ€ฆ

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