Toying Away from Leadership

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family-trip.jpg Modern family trips have far more distractions now than the days of my parent’s ’68 Chevy Impala. As I have said before, family trip are unifying times. Ipods and MP3 players have taken over the hours of negotiating control of the radio. DVD players remove conversations and interactions with each other. The movies watched on the player provide us images of leadership outside the family. Cell phones interrupt family time with outside influences. And the person behind the wheel is now just the driver – instead of the leader.

Modern toys have invaded the “family trip” and reduced it to “accompanied travel” without connection.

The goal of the family trip is to strengthen a family into a cohesive group – each the interactions teaching us to unify, communicate, set boundaries and respect each other.

This summer take the opportunity to interact with your loved ones, family members and children by creating heart to heart connection through seated posture – which also happens to be the safest way to sit in a car. The distractions of toys are also the distractions from good driving trainers new balance.

102 year-young Woman’s 1st Hole in One

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elsie-mclean-102-yo-golfqueen04_06.jpg Hole in One
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I am always amazed by true feats of conviction and effort, but it is especially surprising when done by a 102 year young woman.
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Elsie McLean of Chico, CA shot her first hole-in-one last Thursday. In her 80+ year golfing career, she’s always wanted a hole-in-one. Last week, her persistence finally paid off. It goes to show that some things don’t come right away. Some people have to work their whole lives to see the same results as someone else in their youth.

When I speak, I always stress the importance of working posture multiple times a day. I know it’s a difficult task, but posture is something you work at your entire life. Some people are lucky enough to have good posture in their youth, while others won’t achieve it until much later in their lives, and after a lot of work. The point is that you don’t give up until you get it right, even if it doesn’t happen until you’re 102 years old.

10-year Body Forecast

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redpooch.jpg tanman.jpg Take a look at these two examples of two different bodies and study them for a moment.
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When I work with my clients, I help them to forecast their life in 1,5,10 to 20 years from now. One question I always ask is “What do you think your body will look like in a year if nothing changes?” It’s an experimental process where various traits such as posture, anatomy, facial expressions and walking are projected into the future. My clients also create goals as to how they want their body to look and behave. Another question I ask is “When did this certain body behavior start?” These questions bring the same conclusion: the body behavior started at a certain point and it is not going to get better without a conscious effort towards improvement.
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A few years ago, I hurt my neck and the pain was agonizing. A few months later, I realized that I had lost my abs that I had worked so hard in the previous months to define. I later realized the my neck was working overtime doing the work of my abs. I had to make a conscious shift for my body to change shape. So with the help of a well qualified trainer, I started to decrease my neck pain and strengthen my abs. So this proves the point that nothing happens to us by accident. If I had not sought help to get to the root of my neck pain, I will still have those old abs, ice cream love handles and miserable neck pain.
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Further, it explains why nothing will change without a conscious effort. If this man in the red continued to stand as he does, what will he look like in 10 years? Do you think back pain and/or diabetes might be a factor by then? My prediction, in 10 years, the RedMan’s stomach will only get bigger without some conscious intervention. The man in the tan, his butt will continue to disappear unless he understands how to make changes.
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Take a look at the photos and make your projection. What do you think will happen to these two men in 10 to 20 years?

Leadership Starts from the Head Down

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There is a saying, intent is 2/3 the law. I have never been totally sure what that has meant, but it is a great segue into what I want to talk about. In communication, body language is 55% of communication. This is to say body language is a large component of communication, personal message and leadership.
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Body language is how we communicate to people and the environment. It is our message about ourselves and the rule of conduct with us. It is also the means of emoting personal messages and the statements about ourselves. For example, “I am serious,” “I am the leader,” “I am happy” or “I am healthy.” Likewise, it also works the opposite way.
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billgates.jpg Bill Gates is an icon of wealth, innovation, and more recently, education in developing countries. He led Microsoft to become a power house in the computer industry and has a net worth of $53 billion. By looking at this picture of him, I have to ask the question, what happened?
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touche-turtle.jpgGoogle “Bill Gates” and you will find hundreds of photos of Bill in various points of his life and career. Most of the time he looks youthful and rebellious, but in this photo he is just sporting a serious case of anterior head carriage. He looks more like Touché Turtle than a Barron of Industry.
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Anterior carriage is a sign of sympathetic overload and exhaustion. This once youthful innovator is looking tired. What do you think he will look like in a year from now if nothing changes? How often do you find yourself in the same tired posture/body language and what do you think it will look like in a year to five years from now.
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If you want to make a different impression with your body language, make sure your heart leads you through life and not your head. Having the heart raised and the head squarely over the body is the strongest sign of leadership. But there seems to be an exception. If you own billions, you can have all the anterior head carriage you want. Until then, keep your heart up, head over you body and eyes on the horizon. If you happen to be a billionaire, “Touché and away!”

Hip Influence

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Hip mechanics influence neck and spinal motion. So in order to open up the neck and back (i.e. relieve pain), you need to start by getting motion and flexibility back into the hips. It just seems so unrelated to work on these areas, but the whole mechanics of the human body are based on the hips and the spine.nike free trainersstephen curry christmas shoesair jordan 12