Solutions for Back Health

by Steve Martin Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
In the past couple of years, I've searched for solutions and tips for back health because of the physical activities I participate in both personally and professionally. Here are a few useful tips and solutions I would like to pass on: 1. Seek a "proactive chiropractor" for regular adjustments or be specific in what you want in terms of the quality of adjustments. Over the past couple of years I've had some interesting experiences with chiropractors  One group of chiropractors was very proactive about ...
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Responsibilities, Seasonal Cycles, and Systematic Neglect

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
"Cyclical Seasons" In this article on responsibilities, seasonal cycles, and systematic neglect, I want to first make an observation from nature. In regard to climate, we see seasons of weather that "cycle around" in every geographic location. In my area we have four seasons. Every season comes with it's own beauty and challenges. We can learn to prepare for and utilize the challenges for personal growth while enjoying each season's beauty.  Systematic Neglect Again In countries where the cultural emphasis lies on the ...
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Rethinking Retirement

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
My motivator to rethinking retirement is a culmination of years of my own personal, work, and business experience as well as talking to other people about their own experiences. Old Industrial Age Thinking The stereotypical thinking of some for the perfect retirement is to stop working, pull up your socks, and move to a state like Florida and play golf for the rest of your life. In the Industrial Age when corporations were booming, many corporations could afford to support their workers ...
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The Medicinal Effect of Productivity to the Healing Process

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
Recently, I had an experience that reminded me of the medicinal effect of productivity to the healing process. When recovering from a minor muscle strain, I noticed that rest helped, but staying physically active without straining the muscle more helped it heal faster for many reasons. I also thought about how this is true for mental and emotional health as well.  Stagnation and Growth Anything stagnate is not growing or, in this case, healing well. Although productivity during pain may seem counterintuitive, ...
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Helping Other People, Responsibility, and Enablement

by Steve Martin Relationships, Self Improvement
At some time in our lives all of us face the issues and dilemmas of helping other people, responsibility, and enablement. Many times this comes from a friend or family member. Or sometimes we work in the social service field where we are in a people helping role. Other times we may be the person in need of help and we are asking ourselves where our responsibility starts and some else's helping hand begins. The "Ins and Outs" of Friends, Family, ...
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Escaping the Trappings of a Narrow Customer Service Approach to Embrace a More Comprehensive and Dynamic Business Model

by Steve Martin Business, Finance
So what is involved in escaping the trappings of a narrow customer service approach to embrace a more comprehensive and dynamic business model?  In order to give a fair answer to this question, we first must take a new look at the common thinking behind traditional business models. A New Look at Traditional Business Models The "old or traditional way" of viewing businesses in terms customer service is that a business produces or offers a product, service, idea, or sometimes a combination.  ...
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The Place of Synergy in Our Lives

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
When discussing the place of synergy in our lives, we first must define synergy.  Synergy is the cooperation or interaction of two or more things in order to produce an effect  that is greater than the original two things.  Synergy can be positive, negative, or even a combination of positive and negative.    Examples of Synergy Examples of synergy in our everyday lives include positive friendships, teamwork, songs in music, bands in music, fungi, sea anemones and clownfish and crabs, and the list ...
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The Winning Approach

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
"It's not where we started, but where we are headed" is a saying that sums up the philosophy behind the winning approach.  The Winning Approach may mean plans do not fall together exactly as we would like them to, but this does not mean that we are stuck in one place and can't move forward.  The Illustration of Building Multiple Houses Simultaneously To give a pictorial illustration, sometimes moving forward in our lives is like building multiple houses at once.  In other ...
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Overcoming Challenges by Understanding Entropy, Energy, Leverage, and Synergy

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
In order to explain the approach to overcoming challenges by understanding entropy, energy, leverage, and synergy, we need to first know the current state of affairs and why understanding these things is important. It's also worth mentioning this is an overview of a process and I may write future blogs about that will break down and explain further some specific aspects in this article. "How Things Are" The concept of entropy is a scientific concept that is explained through the laws of ...
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A Brief Commentary on Experiencing the Wonders of Life

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
This is a brief commentary on experiencing the wonders of your life.  The experience of wonder is simply recognizing and experiencing the moments in our lives that reveal intrigue and produce amazement and appreciation.  It also may be beneficial to recognize the fact that we can overlook these incredible and beautiful things that are in our lives for a number of reasons. What Keeps Us from Recognizing these Moments? A number of things can keep us from recognizing these moments: Cynicism- In reference ...
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GABA, Preparatory Sleep Chemicals, Slumber, and Sleep Supplements

by Steve Martin Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
To start our article on GABA, preparatory sleep chemicals, slumber, and sleep supplements, let's first define and explain what GABA is and does. What is GABA? GABA stands for gamma-aminobutyric acid and is the neurotransmitter that is activated to put you asleep.  In contrast, acetylcholine is a chemical secreted by the hypothalamus that wakes you up. What are Preparatory Sleep Chemicals? As we are going through our day, acetylcholine and other chemicals that increase wakefulness decline, and other chemicals like melatonin are on the ...
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Maintaining Physical Health through Your Own CPHCP

by Steve Martin Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
Maintaining your physical health through your own comprehensive and personal health care plan (or what I call in short CPHCP since I like using acronyms) is the first step to addressing health care concerns in any given country or region in my opinion.  In the United States various politicians have attempted to "reform or improve health care," but the debate continues on how to improve what many see as a "faulty or subpar system."   Personal Responsibility Initiates True Change We humans tend ...
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The Winning Perspective

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
Having a winning perspective can mean the difference between reaching our goals and giving up.  Let's look at the big picture first in review. Planning and Failing You may have heard the saying, "when you fail to plan you plan to fail."  The truth found in this saying is applicable to every area of our lives as we seek growth and improvement.  Spontaneity has it's place and value, but more often than not having a plan to begin with and refining it ...
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Systematic Neglect in an Imperfect World

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
I have discovered in various areas of my life that systematic neglect plays a crucial role in an imperfect world. I use the phrase "imperfect world" because in order to begin to implement systematic neglect in your life consistently, you need to first accept that the world you live in is never going to be perfect.  But let's start from the top and point out the reasons for systematic neglect and it's resulting role. The Reason Industrialization and information technology has created ...
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Win-Win Multiplies Success in Business

by Steve Martin Business, Finance
The concept that win-win multiplies success in business seems to be talked about more than practiced in my personal experience. I've actually seen other philosophies of business practiced more often in regard to those rendering a service, product, or idea. The reason win-win is always the most profitable to all parties involved is because it naturally multiplies business through referrals and at the same time benefits the customer and the business to the highest level. Three Approaches to Business Transactions There are ...
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Defining Bigotry and Discovering It's Causes and Solutions

by Steve Martin Relationships, Self Improvement
First, we must begin by defining bigotry and then we can start discovering its causes and solutions.  The most comprehensive definition of bigotry to me is "intolerance or hatred toward another group that is different from ourselves."  Many times we think of prejudice toward others of a different ethnic group, but sometimes we overlook other forms of bigotry including intolerance or hatred toward those who have different beliefs, philosophies, even personalities or gifts, etc. A Few Quick Examples My family is a ...
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Thoughts on Focus and Perception Followed by Wise Counsel and Perspectives

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
Focus and Perception To begin this brief article on thoughts on focus and perception followed by wise counsel and perspectives, I'd like to discuss focus and perception first. The subject or content of our focus many times becomes our reality.  A common illustration of this effect is the experience of driving and where our vision focuses.  Whether you turn your head or move just your eyes, where you look for any extended time is the direction your vehicle goes.   Our brain even contains a ...
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The Productive Process of Setting Goals, Game-changing Events, and Responses

by Steve Martin Self Improvement
To begin this article on the productive process of setting goals, dealing with game-changing events, and our responses, I'd like to share a personal experience.  Last week  was a busy week at work that left me tired and lacking in energy.  When attempting to pull off my usual workout, I fell short of all my goals.  This even remained true when I reset goals "on the fly" and retried on different days.  This kind of burnout occurs from time to ...
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Effective and Simple Solutions for a Sound Night's Rest

by Steve Martin Health and Fitness, Self Improvement
The first place to start in regard to effective and simple solutions for a sound night's rest are lifestyle choices.  The next step are  sleep times, supplements, and rituals. Basic Healthy Lifestyle Choices Basic healthy lifestyle choices have a lot to do with a good night's rest.  Some of these habits include regular exercise, honest and profitable work to the individual, a healthy diet, and positively developing relationships.  When one or more of these is lacking or missing, there is a possibility ...
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The Canadian Geese as an Illustrative Framework for a Functionally Healthy Community

by Steve Martin Relationships
The saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words," and as pictures go, the Canadian Geese can be used as an illustrative framework for the basics of a functionally healthy community.  Key Points So what are the key points that illustrate this basic framework through the behaviors of Canadian Geese? As each individual goose does its role, it uplifts the geese behind it.  Canadian Geese fly in a well-known and recognized V-formation.  Each individual goose in the formation creates additional lift for the ...
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