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Advice vs. Advice

Advice is not created equal, and often advice bumps me out.

I will be more specific, generalized advice bumps me out. And it has done so only since quite recently.

There’s something about advice, and especially generalized advice that just seems very counter productive. Thanks to my countless self experiments with advice I’ve read on blogs, I can only come to this conclusion.

Let’s go with health for a moment, as it’s the most striking example of this. Pick 10 random health blogs, or websites, or magazine, or anything, you now have 10 pieces of completely different advice on your hand. You decide to follow advice 1, but you don’t get the results you want. So you think, maybe it’s advice 2. And so on and so forth, till you figure none of the advises completely work as advertised. You go to other sources, find different advice again, and so on.

It’s simple, generalized advice isn’t going to get you anywhere, unless you’re an average person fitting whatever withheld criteria is necessary for the advice to apply.

The same goes with what to do with your life and a giant wave of other topics. Most advice isn’t an exact match, or won’t work for you and your situation at all.

That’s not to say you can’t learn from advice, but rather that following it blindly will get you nowhere.

The only thing you really can do is gather up some basic knowledge and then start to experiment and see how your body, mentally and physically react. Take notes, collect data, draw your conclusions on that. Then instead of going to the next, completely different, thing, simply adjust. Look at your notes and data, see what keeps you from being successful and adjust for it.
After all, you now have extensive knowledge about yourself, so use it to create your own path in life!

There’s also specific advice, by which I mean advice given to you specifically. And I don’t mean some one on one coaching where the coach explains his program to you and how it will fit you.
I mean sitting down with someone who gets to know you and your situation, and who then offers advice from scratch, based on that information.
Someone you can go to and say “thanks, I’ve tried your advice, but this, this and this didn’t work out for me, because a, b and c.” Someone who will then help you adjust.

Advice only goes so far. The idea is to experiment and see what makes you feel happy, healthy and successful!
After all, success is subjective! Don’t let anyone tell you what success is supposed to be, define it for yourself!

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Social Media Silence (or overcoming the boredom that comes with it)

I’ve reduced my social media activity by 99%. Earlier this year I deleted my Facebook account, as it was just a source of stress and annoyance.
Then I returned from a trip to New York on June 23rd. And I stopped using social media as much as I had. I stayed off Twitter and Tumblr (my main platforms) most of the time. It gave me great relieve and at the time I was busy and totally preoccupied with some games on my Nintendo 3DS.

I started to get more fed up with social media and deleted my twitter accounts (2) from my iPhone and deleted the twitter app as well. Not much later I decided to delete one of my two twitter accounts completely. I had already unfollowed over half the people I was following (from 24 to 8), on my remaining account.

I deleted other accounts I had for a long time on certain community sites, but wasn’t really using anymore.

Actively I now have 1 twitter account, 1 tumblr account and 1 forum account (Nerd Fitness). Actively I’ve only really been to tumblr. I still feel the relieve of not getting bombarded with messages I didn’t ask for. Something has started to creep in though. Probably the reason I’ve been going to tumblr at all.

I’ve finished or had enough of my 3DS games. Tumblr only takes a limited time to run out of content, as I don’t follow many blogs. So then boredom sets in. All the options I have before me to fill my time either, don’t interest me, feel like too much effort, or have worn out their entertainment value, or are too passive for the moment.

I feel this particular boredom is a positive one. It is showing me how much I was glued to instant entertainment. I also feel that if I can get comfortable with this boredom, great things can happen.

If I can get comfortable, I won’t be as quick to jump back into instant entertainment, to relieve me from that boredom. I can learn to enjoy the peace and quiet again. I can pick up my abandoned hobbies perhaps, without feeling strained about doing them. When you have instant entertainment, entertaining yourself any other way, becomes a lot of effort. Why go through the trouble to take out pen and paper and come up with something to write, when you can flip a switch and have TV, or a movie, or YouTube, or video games, or social media?

What if you remove that switch? Will the feeling of “this is too much effort” also go away? I’m willing to find out.

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

The UP, a leg injury and walking every 30 min

I visited New York. I had a blast there, it was truly awesome. I went there with my mom and aunt. The main point is that my mom got all three of us a Jawbone UP. An advanced pedometer of sorts.

Upon returning from that trip, I somehow injured my leg as I got up out of the airplane seat. I had it checked out, my calf muscle is hurt and I need to use that muscle normally to heal it. I have a desk job. Using that muscle would require me to walk more often.

This is where the UP comes in. It has an idle alarm that you can set to alert you (by means of vibrating) when you’ve been inactive for a particular amount of time. I’ve set it up to notify me at 30 minutes of inactivity.

This mean that, while I have a desk job, I get up every 30 minutes at least and walk up and down the hallway. This makes sure my calf muscle doesn’t get stiff and tight, but it also seems to come with a number of other benefits.

I’m obviously more active. But also other desk sitting related problems (like shoulder pain and my hand turning ice cold) have lessened. I have a fingerless glove I can wear to counteract my hand from turning to ice and hurting, I haven’t been needing to wear it.

It’s quite amazing how a little change can have such an impact.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Uncategorized