Adventures in dry needling

I’m lying faced down in a windowless room with no trousers on. I’m sweating, my whole body is tense. My fists are clenched, my face is scrunched up in anguish which precludes my ability to see the floor through the hole in the bed filled by my head. I’m trying to remain calm, to focus…

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How much is enough?

“Yes, I am rich. But I’d trade it all, for just one dollar more.” C. Montgomery Burns. It starts innocently enough. You find yourself on the wrong side of thirty and you realise that it’s time to tighten things up. At least it did for me. Emboldened by the teachings of such folk as Tim…

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Eat that frog!

I believe it was Mark Twain who said: “You have reached the end of your free trial at Marktwainquotes.com” He also said, perhaps more profoundly: “If you eat a frog first thing in the morning, it will probably be the worst thing you do all day.” Although this analogy potentially ignores cultural differences (I’m thinking…

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First time sea swimming

It’s 8:30am. I’ve been awake for two hours. Anxious. Nervous. An almost abandoned beach stands in front of me. On the right of the beach, there is a lone fisherman. If I turn right, I see a kayaking company’s premises. There is a sheer cliff on the right that leads out into the sea. I’ve climbed…

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The paradox of goals

Goals, objectives, aims, ambitions. However you choose to call them, they are slippery fish. One of my favourite authors is Tim Ferriss and one of my favourite principles that he extols is ‘what gets measured, gets managed.’ For me, this is an extremely powerful principle. It ties into goal-setting because without measurement it’s impossible to…

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Paralysis by analysis

Paralysis by analysis is something that if you’re anything like me you struggle with regularly. It’s certainly something that has followed me throughout my life. As is documented widely, most succinctly and productively at Alain De Botton’s the school of life, first world problems exist. Often the term is used to deride the seemingly trivial…

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Injuries

I’m injured. Again. This time it’s achilles tendonitis. For more around 7 months now, I’ve been lurching from one injury to another as I prepare for my first Olympic Triathlon in September. It’s really, really frustrating. This time, I’ve been preparing ‘the right way’. I’ve been building slowly over time instead of throwing myself at…

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Getting hit by a car

It’s statistically true that exposure to dangerous situations increase the likelihood of their happening. For example, if you never drive a car, it’s impossible to crash one. I don’t advocate that kind of avoidance for obvious reasons. I once had a housemate who refused to go swimming because he was self-conscious about his weight. He…

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Accept or retreat

There are a few certainties in life. Death for example. We all die; it’s a fact of… erm, life. It’s very difficult to find somebody who doesn’t accept that one day they will die, everybody they know is going to die and everybody they don’t know will die too. Some theists believe that death is…

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Rejection

This is a slight stream of consciousness that will mean little to most, but hopefully cathartic to me. Yesterday, I was told that my contract would be terminated – soft language for being sacked (fired if you’re American). Immediately to me, it felt like a rejection. But over the course of the last 48 hours,…

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