What Happens When You Pay Unequally?

In an experiment, two monkeys who performed the same task were rewarded unequally. One was rewarded with a slice of cucumber and the other was given a grape.

The results are predictable, but the video I link to below is an amazing visual representation of our response to a world that is not equal.

The Positive Pragmatist philosophy that I use as my framework for the world does not believe the world is equal. It is a basic requirement of the game to understand that rule number 1 is: the world is not fair.

Kicking and screaming accomplishes pretty much nothing in the long-term. Constant growth, action, and humility compounds over time.

The path to success, however, will be littered by the kicking, screaming, and protesting of those that feel they have a raw deal.

Looking at the world from a different perspective is one of the great abilities that differentiates us from a Capuchin Monkey. We can choose to see that a piece of cucumber is a perfectly acceptable piece of food. Eating too many grapes will make you fat and unhealthy. Having too much of a good thing is not guaranteed to make you happy.

Check out the video.

KG Heath is a Digital Health professional, author, and lifestyle blogger. You can download his debut novel FREE right here.

Fitness Focus – Slow and Steady Makes You Strong

Since this weeks theme seems to have become about fitness, lets talk a little bit more about it. 

Like all good things in life, you can’t go from zero to a hundred immediately. Instead, it’s about constant, consistent improvement. 

Here’s my steps trend for the last month:  

Yes things go up and down, but there is a distinct trend upwards. And the more steps I take, the easier it is for me to improve. 

The last point on that chart was mostly achieved through a session in the hotel gym, here. 

I have been using walking as a training piece to allow me to better transition to running. And the result was fantastic. I could run!

Previous attempts to get back on the horse of the running game have been fraught by a lack of stamina. But, today was different. I was able to go on and on. I took a few walking breaks on the treadmill, but most of my hour of training was spent running. 

Whilst we are wired to expect fast results, the truth is we have to attack the problem of fitness one step at a time. And before you know it, a month has gone by and you get the above kind of result.

Here’s my distance trend: 

  

As expected, this has increased. I didn’t even know I was walking around 6-7 miles a day recently. It didn’t even feel like it.

How did I do it?

I walk twice a day. Once at 7am (I’ve wanted to become an early riser for a while, and I’ve locked in this habit now), and again at about 7pm. Each walk is about an hour at my regular pace. 

And that’s it. 

The only thing I did notice was that my feet started hurting. Transitioning to some good running shoes has helped with that. Problem solved. 

The next stage is about compounding. If I keep this up, where will I be in 3 months, 6 months?

But, it’s all about the commitment everyday, the tiny successes, and the constant strive to improve and grow. 

That’s how you see the results across a longer timeline. 

Your body is an amazing thing. The more you use it, the more it reacts and gets yourself ready to do more of the same, but better. 

This same process works in reverse. 

So, always strive to be doing. 

How have you found your efforts to get more active? Let me know in the comments. 

KG Heath is a health tech professional, author, and lifestyle blogger. You can download his debut novel here for free.

How To Overcome Life Obstacles – Moving Backward To Move Forwards

There are always going to be challenges that knock us so hard that we fall righ on our backsides. Whether it’s work, relationships, or home-life.
It can seem like there are no options. 

“How can I fix this thing that is broken?”

Maybe you’re trying to do the wrong thing. Sometimes, you need to let that thing burn to the ground.

Set The Charges

Not everything can be fixed. That project, that career, that idea – maybe it’s just not right.

Perhaps it’s time for another incarnation of that concept, like rebooting a movie. Reuse some of the constituent parts, add some new elements in, shake it about, and maybe that will be better.

We can’t always go in the same direction. You might have to admit you shouldn’t have turned left. It might be time to turn around.

Maybe it’s time to get out of that relationship, if it’s no good for either of you. Or that job is leading you nowhere. Or that project, or business, is just not as compelling as it should be.

Think of a wildfire. It’s a storm of chaos, smoke, heat. It destroys everything in its path. It kills, maims, and traumatises. But, like so much in nature, it has a purpose.

The carbon released in the cathartic fires of the wildfire rejuvenate the soil. And where there once was only blackness, green shoots soon grow. The world reboots, burns everything to the ground, so life can go on in a promising new direction.

Work, love, and life are just the same.

Two Steps Back

It can feel counter-intuitive, but moving forwards is not always right.

And being stuck in the throngs of the situation can blinker your view of what is going on.

You need to zoom out to the 30,000 feet, general on a hill, type perspective. What is the long-term prognosis? What is the honest benefit that will come of what I’m doing? What would happen if I quit?

The truth is, if done carefully, the world will not end. As long as you move right onto the next thing.

And from quitting that job, project, relationship, business idea, etc you might just find yourself on a path to greater success.

Often in life, it’s better to take two steps back to take one forward.

KG Heath is a digital health tech professional, author, and lifestyle blogger. You can download his debut novel FREE here.

How To Feel Content In A World That Doesn’t Stop Moving

We are on a journey, it’s called life. Yet, we yearn to be at some future stage of that journey. Never feeling content, never being happy with our situation, and looking to others and their successes, we feel sour for our lot in life.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Why So Serious?

For the ambitious, this feeling will be felt frequently. Your life isn’t where you want it to be right now. You know where you want to go, but you are impatient to get there.

Does that mean your life is incomplete right now? Does it mean there is nothing that can bring you joy? Does it mean that you cannot keep learning, improving, and growing?

The feeling is compounded even more when you have plenty in your life, but you feel like you have failed.

Becoming More Content

How you react to the world is largely based on how you choose to view the world around you.

There are people who react to events, and their situation, with positivity, and others who can’t wait to tell everyone about the drama, the woes, and want to make sure everyone joins them in their despair.

The first time of person above shrugs their shoulders and gets on with things, the second runs around telling you the world is ending and doing nothing about it.

You might think that I am writing to the second person in my examples, but I’m not. Both of these people need to find more content. Just as the second person has chosen to seek out negativity, the first person can also slip into this mode from time to time.

Finding content is about choosing to stop focusing on what is not working, and instead reminding yourself of what you do have. Can you feed yourself, do you have a roof over your head, do you have access to transportation, do you have a job, have your progressed up the social ladder? If you say yes to one or more of these then you are doing better than many people who are in a worse situation.

The truth is, you’re doing fine.

You have given yourself a strong foundation to develop yourself from, when you are ready.

So I Just Stop Progressing?

Not at all. You still need to keep learning, growing, and moving forward. These might be baby steps, but they keep you developing as a person.

We are the sum of the mistakes, experiences, and lessons that have come our way. Whether we want it or not, we will keep becoming better people.

But, we also need to look at ourselves right now and accept what we have, find the joy we can have, and celebrate our wins — however small they might be.

It’s OK to be happy.

It’s OK to aim higher.

It’s OK to fail.

It’s OK to enjoy what you have right now.

KG Heath is a digital health professional, author, and lifestyle blogger. You can get his debut novel FREE right here.

Do Something Worth Writing

 

“Write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

Benjamin Franklin

The Day I Saved A Boy’s Life

His name was Edward, the brother of an ex-girlfriend.

It was mid-summer, a real scorcher of a day. We went, as a whole group, to a park with a small beach along the river.

We set ourselves up on a wooden bench, unpacking a picnic onto the table. Edward was excited about swimming and scoffed down some sandwiches. It wasn’t long before he was off into the water.

The group chatted, watched Edward’s antics in the water, ate, drank soft-drinks, and had ice cream from the nearby shop.

Edward was in and out of the water, topping up on drinks, snacks, ice cream, and sun-tan lotion.

Mid-day came and went, and we reached the mid-afternoon. We had become comfortable on our bench, and complacent of Edward being in the water playing with the other kids.

Then we heard a boy’s cry. “Mummy!”

There he was, fifty metres from the beach, up to his waist in mud. The tide, in a space of minutes, had gone out.

He tried to pull himself free, but his lack of upper-body strength and the mud’s hold meant he was trapped.

He was distraught, crying for help.

The family rushed over, while I stayed back to watch our belongings. I looked on from the bench.

The family, and other by-standers were grouped together. The mother tried to walk out to him, but within a matter of metres she too found it almost impossible to move in the sticky mud, her legs being swallowed up to the knees. She had to retreat to the beach.

There were calls for ladders, or ropes, but there was nothing around. What about the fire brigade?

I looked from Edward, to the mud, to the family.

I can do that, I thought. I’m the only young, fit, strong person here. I’m the only one that can even try.

Calmly, I rolled up my jeans as far as they would go. That calm, I remember now, was eery. As though, I had found enlightenment.

I walked from the bench to the group. “Someone needs to watch the stuff,” I said. Without another word to anyone, I waded out into the mud.

The mud was light, a soupy mass that hungrily ate whatever applied pressure on it. The further I went, the deeper each leg went in.

By the time I was six, or seven, metres from Edward, I was up to my knees with each step. I spoke some calm words of encouragement.

I never felt like the mud was too much. If it had been, I would have stopped. But, for how hard it was, I knew I was stronger than the mud. I told Edward, as I made the final part of distance to him, what the plan was. We would do it together.

I reached him and in a smooth movement, I stepped forward, grabbed him under the armpits and hauled him out like I was lifting a sack of potatoes. I finished the move by throwing him onto the mud.

The move now meant that I was personally up to my thighs in the mud.

The mud wanted me.

But, Edward wasn’t saved yet. I hauled my right leg out and took a step forward, pulled out my left leg – that was encased in the mud, like a plaster caste.

I was able to move again.

I made the distance to Edward, grabbed a hand and dragged and half threw him forward as I waded back to the beach. We repeated this until we made it back.

We reached the beach, both covered in this thick, grey-brown mud. Edward looked at me as though I was Superman.

And that’s how I saved a boy’s life. And I know I would do it again.

There are moments in life where sometimes your intuition will tell you what you are capable of. And there are situations where a few of us get a calling, a push of inertia, that says:

Act.

KG Heath is a digital health professional, author, and lifestyle blogger. You can get his debut novel here.

Why You Should Be Sleeping Naked Tonight – Recommended Reads

Here is today’s recommended reading.

Do you like these recommended reads? Let me know in the comments.