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More Than A Machine: Part 1, "Someday Isle"

Consider for a moment, today in 2020, all the technological advancements in telecommunications (phone service) which have happened over the past 30 years. Many people in developed nations were still using rotary dial phones and battling the long phone cords with the tangled up messes that went with them in the 1990's. I remember getting our first touch tone phone (numbered button pad that replaced the rotor) at home in 1991. At this point in time I was already 3 years immersed into reading everything I could find about becoming a better athlete i.e. building muscles, nutrition and running faster. Looking back, it's almost as if the field has stood still from a meaningful advancement stand point. Through my eyes, if health were telecom, then the mainstream perception would be that fancy casings and color options for their rotary dial phones makes them on the cutting edge in 2020.

I've quietly sat by for the past couple of decades and watched the wellness industry evolve from being viewed as a bunch of strange people who exercised, read muscle magazines and ate well (health-nuts) to a world inundated with self-appointed "experts" with smart phones loading selfies onto their instagram accounts, showing themselves doing the "latest" set and rep scheme in their latest elastic outfit. The most interesting thing here is that mob mentality rules, logic goes out the window and diffuse misinformation permeates the world wide web. The noise is so loud that even elite athletes minds are soaking up and throwing themselves into fads, quasi-logic, bells and whistles which have absolutely nothing to do with providing any valuable information to their nervous system and absolutely no application for facilitating meaningful physiological adaptation which could lead to being a more efficient human being.

For more than a decade my mode of operation with my clients has been summed up as, "it's my role to be invisible but invaluable to you, you go out and be on TV, sports cards, jerseys, etc. I help you be your best and I live my quiet life." Having worked behind the scenes with world class athletes over a decade and seeing so many head-shaking, painful to watch, mis-guided, however well-intentioned, situations play out...I kept thinking to myself, "Someday I'll...start writing again, Someday I'll take time to build context for people to "think" about what they are doing with their body"...then recently I couldn't shake thinking about a poem (see below) from one of my early mentors Dr. Denis Waitley, Chairman of Psychology for the US Olympic Team in the 1980s, so with that said: building context is going to be a multi-year journey, as 30 plus years of continuous observation, reading, applying and evaluating cannot be unpackaged in a 3 min blog read. This journey is going to be like me sharing a decoder key that is going to demystify and unpack a ton of overly complicated jargon designed to make you feel intimidated and validate the expertise of people doling out programs and recipes that sound smart and lead to nowhere. Someday is now, buckle up!

Someday Isle by Dr. Denis Waitley

There's an Island fantasy A "Someday I'll" we'll never see When recession stops, inflation ceases Our mortgage is paid, our pay increases That Someday I'll where problems end Where every piece of mail is from a friend Where all the nations can go it alone Where we all retire at forty-one Playing backgammon in the island sun Most unhappy people look to tomorrow To erase this day's hardship and sorrow They put happiness on lay-away And struggle through a blue today But happiness cannot be sought It can't be earned, it can't be bought Life's most important revelation Is that the journey means more than the destination Happiness is where you are right now Pushing a pencil or pushing a plow Going to school or standing in line Watching and waiting, or tasting the win If you live in the past you become senile If you live in the future you're on Someday I'll The fear of results is procrastination The joy of today is a celebration You can save, you can slave, trudging mile after mile But you'll never set foot on your Someday I'll When you've paid all your dues and put in your time Out of nowhere comes another Mt. Everest to climb From this day forward make it your vow Take Someday I'll and make it your now!

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