“Why can’t I do this? I know what I need to do to get in shape, and I just can’t get myself to do it. I’ve yo-yo’d for years.”

Oh how I hear that all the time!

You are not a unique snowflake.

I don’t think there is any magic formula for getting into shape. If there is one it’s this: consistency. Showing up to the gym, to the pool, to the track or wherever – consistently. Even if it’s just for 15 – 20 minutes, that’s better than no minutes. Sure it might take you longer to reach your fitness goals, but eventually you’ll get there if you stay consistent.


There’s even a case for the weekend warrior.

Oh and if cost and equipment is your problem, here’s a chair workout you can do at home.

You want it and you want it bad. I know you do. So do I. But just because we want something bad enough isn’t enough to get it. I bet you thought I was going to say if you work hard enough you can get what you want, but that’s not always the case either.

Remember that line from Gardens of Stone? “Some days you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you?”

Fear not though, if you feel your motivation lagging, here are a few things you can do. (Of course, you can always call your friendly neighbourhood coach er umm..me).

Ii it still early enough in the year for me to still be talking about goals? Well in this case, intentions?

What is your creative intention for the year? What is your vision that you won’t sacrifice so easily to the busyness of time; the overwhelm of responsibilities; the distraction of media and the internet?

My creative intention is to write more. Hence, the birth of Tiny Sparks.

Sitting on our shoulders is the most complex object that Mother Nature has created in the known universe. That’s staggering. And yet we know so little about our own minds. But, it’s getting better. Some Harvard researchers have found the source of human consciousness.

And IBM has released the annual five innovations that will change our lives within five years. The medical lab “on a chip” caught my eye.

Raise your hand if this is you:

Since the advent of social media, many people practically live online. Whether at a restaurant, sporting event, family get-together, or vacation, we can see their daily activities.

I know I practically live online. And it’s only going to get worse as gadgets get smaller, faster, and more wearable and maybe even implantable.

So I’m sure you bosses out there are asking this question: Is Social Media Killing Your Workplace’s Productivity?

Are you reading this at work on your mobile right now? Shhh I won’t tell.

I like this tip from Chris Brogan: Never manage time, manage priorities.

And finally,

Here’s a random Friday question: Do you know your own history? Someone once pointed out to me that History is His – (s)tory. The reason I was thinking about that is I was wondering can we really know our own personal history with any degree of accuracy? All we have to construct our past is our memories and the memories of those around us. But you and I both know how unreliable memories are. If we don’t know our history, we’re doomed to repeat it.

Well, that’s something for you to contemplate over your beer this evening.

Until next time,


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