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Transformation 5.0

Family Matters and Training Transitions

3D Bad Habits Crossword text

Home is where the bad habits are.

If you’ve come around to the notion of thriving health in your adulthood like I have, your family time and family environment come with all sorts of baked in and less than healthy associations.

I know it’s not just me because I can’t tell you how many client conversations have taken place on this subject.  Home is where you can expect to find the exact special box of cereal and/or bagels in the morning.  Home is where you have a family tradition of ordering out for Chinese food (and it’s not the steamed stuff either).  Home is where you open the fridge to find that ridiculously nostalgic ice cream brand staring back at you and a double sized bowl to put it in.  These things are like clockwork.  They are ingrained.  They are unavoidable.

You have two options: embrace the hell out of it or impose a different plan. Continue Reading

Transformation 5.0

Ranting, Raving, and Long Term Thinking


I’m ranting today.  Brace yourself.  Ready?

Why is it so hard to see the forest for the trees?  Why are we so skewed towards short-term thinking?

While short-term thinking makes sense in light of evolutionary demands, it’s pretty damn frustrating!

(Bear with me, this isn’t entirely about sports.)   I spent last night watching the Philadelphia 76ers and the NBA Draft.  The 76ers have a fairly new General Manager, Sam Hinkie, at the helm.  His strengths: smart, savvy, calculating.  His weakness: not media friendly what-so-ever. Continue Reading

Transformation 5.0

Chaos, Perspective, and Coping Mechanisms


What happens when shit hits the fan?

When the going gets tough, do the tough get going?  Or when the going gets tough, do Ben and Jerry and a host of old bad habits come marching in?

No matter what you thought you knew, when shit hits the fan, you will know how committed you are to change.

Tough times provide the perfect excuse not to change.  They’re unexpected.  They’re at least mildly disconcerting and at most they shake the ground you stand on.  They stir up all sorts of old stress coping mechanisms. Continue Reading