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Extra Points: If I Could Be Like Dan…

Extra Points: If I Could Be Like Dan…

And I don’t mean me…

This past week, I played in a charity golf tournament. One of the players in my group was the 86-year old father-in-law of my First Underwriters Insurance business partner, Michael Oskouian.

Dan – who also has a great first name – joined a bunch of “young guys” out on the course for a scramble format tournament. He played great!

He was always cheery and encouraging, and made many contributions to the team, including a fantastic par-saving putt from about 40 feet!

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Extra Points: Time Under Tension

Extra Points: Time Under Tension

I’ve now been working with my personal fitness coach for about nine weeks. I’m thrilled with the results, even though sometimes I spout a few expletives under my breath (or maybe even louder) during certain exercises.

Some of the types of exercises that are most rigorous are the ones where your muscles are in “time under tension.” Brett explains that when we do these exercises in a 30 or 40 second rep, the muscles that are under tension get stronger, plus other muscles groups are allowed to be more worked.

“Time Under Tension” works for exercising and building muscle and strength.

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Extra Points: Except When It Isn’t

Extra Points: Except When It Isn’t

I frequently “walk the ferry” to get in a few extra steps and some exercise when coming home from watching my granddaughters. The ferry from Edmonds to Kingston is about 25 minutes in duration, and by the time I get done from start to finish, I’ve logged a little over a mile at a 19-minute pace.

How do I know?

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Extra Points: Under Pressure

Extra Points: Under Pressure

“Lot of pressure, Dan…”

Those words were exclaimed by my neighbor and great friend Jim from across the street. He was watching me urging Captain Jack to hustle up with his potty break, as I wanted to return to watching the PGA Championship on television.

Captain Jack works on his own schedule and I doubt he was feeling much pressure from me! Jim likes to “remind me” about the perils of pressure!

And he’s right.

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Extra Points: One Thing at a Time

Extra Points: One Thing at a Time

Any type of strategic planning, key project, or important initiative has a number of factors and variables. Just like a golf swing or fitness training, there are many parts to the whole. The problem is that if you try to work too many in unison, they all end up being either mediocre or failures.

The next time you set up to plan a project…

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Extra Points: The Sky is Falling

Extra Points: The Sky is Falling

This past weekend, a chunk of a Chinese rocket came catapulting out of the sky and crashed into the Indian Ocean.

I’m sure that made a substantial splash.

While the Chinese government states that most of the unmanned rocket burned up in re-entry, I’m guessing that what splashed down was not insignificant.

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Extra Points: Shifting Gears

Extra Points: Shifting Gears

Entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives are expert at “shifting gears.”

There probably isn’t a day where business leaders need to move from one decision to another rapidly; almost like turning on a dime or catching the curve with the manual just right.

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