Clear the Mind

Clear the mind – Has your mind got too many tabs open?

Here are a few tips you can implement straight away to declutter, clear the mind and gain some mental clarity.

  • Less consumption (news and social media)
  • More exercise (both cardio and resistance training)
  • Take 5 minutes to sit in silence, zone out and let your mind wander
  • Have a written daily diary to write down all your thoughts (brain dump)

Have you taken time out to clear your mind?

For me personally, I find the following tricks helpful to build the habit of clearing the mind

  • No phone for at least 30 mins before going to bed and within 30 mins of waking up
  • Set the alarm right in the middle of the day to remind me to take my 5 mins zone out
  • Write in my brain dump diary every morning. The key is not to force it and write down what comes into your head. If you notice yourself trying to think of what to say, put the diary down and move on with your day

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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Clear the mind – Has your mind got too many tabs open?

What can I say yes to?

Saying no to things in order to say yes to the important things

Saying no to negative thoughts and to things that I believe are not essential. We can say no to zoom calls, watching Netflix, sleeping in so that we can say yes to reading, exercising, and being productive on our business.

Trying to select the no option at times will help you steer away from the negative choices and towards the positive ones.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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Are you unfollowing the crowd?

How many social profiles are you following?

200, 500, 1000, 10,000 – How many?

Up to recently, I was following over 1000 Twitter profiles to bring me ‘value’, although I wasn’t seeing 99% of them due to the ‘algorithm‘. Therefore recently, I decluttered my following list, and now it sits around 100. And yes, some might say that’s still too much, but it’s a slow process!

So ask yourself the following question – Are the people you follow on social media providing you value? If not, then why are you following them and letting them have access to you 24/7?

Don’t get me wrong, as social media has done wonders for our society, but again it is how you use it?. So if that particular individual is not providing you value, then just ‘Unfollow’. The idea of social media is to connect us positively and not negatively affect us. If a particular person is having a negative influence on you, you know what to do.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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Opportunity cost

Is the loss of other alternatives when one alternative is chosen.

Opportunity cost happens every day when we say yes to one thing; we unconsciously say no to many others. One must understand that it occurs multiple times a day, e.g. if you say yes to working late, you are saying no to spending more time with your family or friends.

A simple way to look at it is through the following equation: Yes to one = no to many   

We can also look at opportunity cost from a materialistic point of view. By saying yes to purchasing the expensive car, you are saying yes to working more hours to pay it off, which in turn is saying no to your freedom.

And this happens every single day without us realising it. So what are you saying no to today? 

Food for thought.

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A time to stick or to quit?

For me, at this moment, it is a time to stick. I have a few projects on my plate, so it is best to stick and see them out. At times, people tend to jump ship quickly due to the rapid pace of the current world we live in or not seeing results fast enough. Remember, the journey is yours and no one else’s. Have you thought about quitting for a while now, or have you been exposed to a ‘better idea’. Bear in mind a ‘better idea’ may not be the best choice.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

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Social Media Misuse

Everyone uses it, but what do they use it for?

  • For connection?
  • For Ideas?
  • For Learning?
  • For Entertainment?
  • For Inspiration?

Or are you using it for comparison, to pass the time away, or so you don’t have to do that important job you keep putting off?

Again are you using for good or not so good?

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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Money and time

Is this item worth your time?

Yes, we have all been there, standing in the shop, looking at the item you really ‘want’ and wondering yes or no? A few questions go through your mind, do I want it?, will I use it?. The impulse kicks, and I state, ‘aw sure I’ll get it anyway’ and yes, you get that little spark, that excitement as you walk out of the shop, but honestly, that spark fizzles out pretty quick.

Maybe next time you’re in the shop, and you find yourself in the same situation, just ask yourself, ‘how many hours am I willing to work to pay for this item “I REALLY WANT”.

Maybe this time, it will be a different outcome.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

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10 S&C lessons

From the world of academy football

  1. S&C is not the sport; football is.
  2. Keep consistent with performance testing. This includes both times of the year and the testing battery. This will help guide how your program is going and where it needs to improve on.
  3. If you are working with youth footballers, linking your performance testing data with your maturation data is a great way to get the complete picture.
  4. Be sure your warm-ups link up with your LTAD model, and it’s not just ‘a few laps’.
  5. For injured players, be sure to plan their return to play with the physios and use the time to focus on any weak areas.
  6. Academy football is about individual player development and not 3 points at the weekend
  7. Be as helpful as possible for coaches during sessions, and this may mean taking times or scores. You are support staff, so support in any way that is beneficial for the players.
  8. Conjugate minimum dose programming during the in-season will become your best friend.
  9. Getting players to hinge correctly will be one of the more difficult gym movements to teach. Make sure you purchase enough wooden dowels, as they are a great coaching tool.
  10. Some may disagree with this one, but the leg press is a great way to get load through older players’ legs if you are still coaching the squat pattern with them.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC

Is scrolling the new smoking?

That blue glare…

On the train, between zoom meetings and even at the dinner table. That blue glare…

We have all heard the advice, ‘smoking is bad, you should stop that’, but has anyone said you ‘scrolling is bad, you should stop that’. Probably not.

The internet is big, like really big, 8.95 million photos on Instagram,350 million photos on Facebook and 500 million tweets. And that’s on a single day, no matter how much you are scrolling, you will never catch up.

Addiction to our phones and scrolling has been highlighted in recent times with many comparing it to smoking. And yes it may well be, as 30 years ago you would have seen lots of smoke whereas now you see lots of screens.

So how about putting down that 4-inch screen for a while and checking out the real world.

Food for thought.

Till next time, Stay Stoic,

SSC