Win Forever

"Personally, I have learned that if you create a vision for yourself and stick with it, you can make amazing things happen in your life. My experience is that once you have done the work to create the clear vision, it is the discipline and effort to maintain that vision that can make it all come true. The two go hand in hand.

The moment you've created that vision, you're on your way, but it's the diligence with which you stick to that vision that allows you to get there." - Pete Carroll, in his autobiography, Win Forever.

Deliberate practice

Continuing on my reading of "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth.

She writes:

"Each of the basic requirements of deliberate practice is unremarkable:

  • A clearly defined stretch goal
  • Full concentration and effort
  • Immediate and informative feedback
  • Repetition with reflection and refinement

My guess is that many people are cruising through life doing precisely ZERO hours of daily deliberate practice."

Developing skill

I'm reading Angela Duckworth's book - "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance." The excerpt below reinforced for me how important it is to have good teachers. Talents are only partially genetic. Even the most "genetically talented" person needs a good coach/teacher to draw out that his/her maximum potential. 

Sociologist, Dan Chambliss, swam competitively in high school but stopped when it seemed clear he wasn't going to make it as a nationally ranked swimmer.

"I'm small," he explained, "and my ankles won't plantar flex... I can't point my toes. I can only flex them. It's an anatomical limitation. Which means, basically, at the elite level, I could only swim breaststroke." After our exchange, I did a little research on plantar flexion. Stretching exercises can improve your range of motion, but the length of certain bones does make a diference in how flexible your feet and ankles are. 

Still, the biggest impediment to improving wasn't anatomy, it was how he was coached: "In retrospect, I look back now and can see I had horribly bad coaches in a couple of crucial places. One of my high school coaches - I had him for four years - literally taught me zero. Nothing. He taught me how to do a breaststroke turn, and he taught me incorrectly."

What happened when Dan did, finally, experience good coaching, in part from hanging around the national and Olympic coaches he was studying? 

"Years later, I got back into the pool, got in shape again, and swam a two-hundred-yard individual medley as fast as I did in high school."

12 Minutes of Yoga for Bone Health

Yoga can be effective therapy for osteoporosis. 

"Knowing that more than 700,000 spinal fractures and more than 300,000 hip fractures occur annually in the United States, Dr. Fishman hoped that similar findings from a much larger study might convince doctors that this low-cost and less dangerous alternative to bone-loss drugs is worth pursuing.

Those medications can produce adverse side effects like gastrointestinal distress and fractures of the femur. Indeed, a recent study published in Clinical Interventions in Aging found that among 126,188 women found to have osteoporosis, all of whom had Medicare Part D drug coverage, only 28 percent started bone drug therapy within a year of diagnosis.

Many of those who avoided drugs were trying to avoid gastrointestinal problems.

On the other hand, yoga’s “side effects,” Dr. Fishman and colleagues wrote recently, “include better posture, improved balance, enhanced coordination, greater range of motion, higher strength, reduced levels of anxiety and better gait.”

Weight-bearing activity is often recommended to patients with bone loss, and Dr. Fishman argues that certain yoga positions fit the bill.

“Yoga puts more pressure on bone than gravity does,” he said in an interview. “By opposing one group of muscles against another, it stimulates osteocytes, the bone-making cells.”

For full NYTimes article, click here