Adventurous links: Knowing your customer to Zauberman on accomplishment

Every Monday, I muster up a round of adventurous links that has inspired me to, set goals, do the work and live adventure. These links have made positive changes in my life and hopefully they inspire and motivate you to do the same. Enjoy.

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I have been looking at different methods of structuring companies this week, it is part of ongoing learning about how to make companies more profitable and a joy to work for and in: I found this TED talk: What happens when you run a company with (almost) no rules?.

It has been a big week this week, new life coaching clients in the US and Canada. One of my athletes here in Brisbane did his best to break his leg while training, which put emergency procedures and actions under the microscope. I am glad to say that all existing procedures that had been developed worked like clockwork.

When working with a diverse collection of clients it is funny how some weeks have a very definite theme to them. This week has  the recurring theme of “how do I increase sales”. Well in each case start with with the customer. Who is your customer, do you know your customer better than yourself? Here are some excellent resources on understanding your customers: Identifying Customer Needs and Know your customer: How to use empathy as a business strategy.

Motivation required? Here is an great video on Learned Helplessness and how to over come it.

I am always looking for resources that can help my writing (I need a lot of help) I found this great piece How to Write a Memoir: 6 Creative Ways to Tell a Powerful Story

Everything is always changing, True Resilience Is Understanding Nothing Lasts Forever.

I found a cool new toy this week. Douze Bicycles gives you the ability to buy a single cycling cockpit but change the cargo bay (novel concept but pretty awesome). I also love that you can quickly split the bike for transport and/or storage. Its such an incredible engineering design concept that provides flexibility to having a cargo bike.

It is amazing that we go out and put ourselves through pain again and again in an effort to get stronger. In the words of Zauberman, when it comes to these sorts of endeavors, “The accomplishment and sense of meaning simply overwhelm the negative memory of the pain.” I found this interesting read: Why You’ll Race Again, Even Though It Hurts

My stats for the week:

Activities: 7 Distance: 69.02km Time: 7:10:47 Calories: 4,676C

Thank you for taking the time to read this far. Set your goals, do the work and then live the adventure. Catch you next week.

Adventurous links: Steve Jobs to Psychology of Persuasion

Every Monday, I muster up a round of adventurous links that has inspired me to, set goals, do the work and live adventure. These links have made positive changes in my life and hopefully they inspire and motivate you to do the same. Enjoy.

You can join the conversation at @doingthemiles Pinterest Instagram

Podcast this week that have grabbed my attention and bee truly fascinating for me has been the TED Radio Hour:NPR . TED radio hours is more detailed than the TED talks and the variety of topics is extensive. GREAT Listening.

Business reading this week has been about making a splash on the internet. How does one get started with little or no specialist knowledge in a new area they would like to take on. How do you get started if you don’t have a website or an credentials well start with this: The Persuasion Revolution. Also this week has been about meetings, so I have been looking for ways to make them work better for me and found this about Steve Jobs – Knew How to Run a Meeting.

Is your website mobile ready (test it here)? Google has announced that websites that are mobile ready will be moved up the ranks in a google search. Considering that everyone now uses a mobile tablet or phone to search the internet wit would be a good idea to ensure your website is ready.

Reading this week has been well a little behind, as I have stepped up the intensity of my training I have need a little more time to recover. During these periods I find that my personal reading is the first thing to suffer. I simply need more sleep and will fall a sleep earlier than I wanted to. Having said that I have been reading a fascinating book: The Story of the Human Body It is so interesting that very few animals are bipedal and this book go a long way into explaining what it takes to be able to stand up and move on two legs efficiently.

Drawing a radius circle on a google map, how can that be done? Well this week I was sitting at my computer wanting to do something a little different for my next training run. I wanted to do 10km but wanted to see how far that would be in a new direction. So I wanted to just simply overlay a radius circle on a map to get an idea. Well google does not offer that function. But I am not the 1st person to want such tools. I found a site that is very simple to operate and does exactly what I wanted. Just fill in the fields of location to get the map you want, then the other field of circle size and metric or imperial scale. Easy as.

For those out there who like to work on their own bikes the right tools make all the difference. These days just about every part comes with information on how tight bolts need to be to ensure you keep your warranty and that you don’t break the part. It use to be that you needed very expensive torque wrenches to be able to ensure that follow the manufacture’s specifications. These days a cheap alternative is available in preset torque wrenches. Spend a little money to save a lot.

My Stats for the week

Week Totals: Activities: 6 Distance: 53.80km Time: 5:20:16 Calories: 3,662C

Adventurous Links: From Being Boss to Amazing Destinations

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I love to listen to pod casts in my car on my commutes. This week I have been listening to and for definitions of success: She Percolates is a great blog on redefining success, Conversations with Richard Fidler lets you listen to amazing people who are making or have made a difference in this world.

Those thinking about further formal education and Could be great for anyone that may struggle a little with the formal educational pathways. I found this course from Cathy Hannabach that my be useful if I take that path.

For those thinking that they may have out grown their job or can’t stand working for the man any longer here is a little something for you. 50 Signs You Might Be an Entrepreneur

This weeks reading list have been mostly about money and mind set.

Training links: gymnastics judging 

So here is the thing this week that I found that I would like to upgrade to Shimano XT 11×1

We’ll catch you next week.

Starting with the End

Having clear goals of how you want your life to feel, look, smell and taste is important if you are going to reach that place of inner peace. Reaching your potential or goals involves goal setting. Goal setting according to the experts involves a 10 step process. Step 3 in the 10 steps is “Establish TIMELINES with the end in mind. So that is where this post comes into my coaching practice.

with MY END in mind

Death is usually not a fun subject, it is something that I always try avoiding. To this day I still cry every so often over a puppy named “Lucky” of all things. She passed when hit by a car out the front of my house before I was 5 years old. I witnessed the whole thing and just felt so bloody hopeless that I could not stop it from happening. I felt, and still do feel it was my fault. Lucky was trying to follow me, she got out through a small hole in the fence. That was my first encounter with grief and I hate the taste of it. I don’t think one can ever get over the grief of losing people. We, or at least I learn to live with it, and some days it is fucking hard to do that. I miss the people I have lost including my beloved pets.

Currently I am struggling with the loss of my uncle. I really did not think he meant so much to me but my emotions are setting me straight on that one. People need to stop dying, it sucks and I don’t handle it well. With 7 billion people on the planet we each have individual ways of handling grief.

Coaching is not about listening to problems, pain or blocks but is about listening for goals, aspirations, intentions and possibilities. Using my inner coach I started to look at what I want the end to look like.

I was online and found this picture of a bicycle hearse. I love bikes, I adore everything they represent, freedom, fun, travel, zero emissions, and the list goes on. So yes I want to be able to take one last ride. Here is my list of things I feel I can do as a final contribution to those I will leave behind

  • Donate my organs to anyone who can make use of them to continue to live or help others live
  • Use a green burial service that cost little $$ and has a low environmental cost
  • Take my body on its last ride using a zero emissions service (Bicycle)
  • No doubt there’s a million other things to list, this is where I have started the conversation. We can continue the conversations online or offline with your loved ones. It is an important conversation to have.

When all else is said and done and my time here is complete, and I hope that is a long, long time away. I have a simple final question “Was I a jerk or a man?” Time will tell on that one.