Explore Your Faith

PRACTICE VERSUS TALENT IN CHESS Think back to when you were a kid and you were just starting to learn to play the piano or to throw a baseball or to draw something. Or maybe think about how it felt when you were just a little further along--you'd been playing …

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Live authentically during the down times

Less than 10% of physician payment comes from incentive payments. Physicians who do not balance bill receive the fixed rate per patient as well as certain financial benefits, including a 2% reduction in the rate for social security payments. In Australia, payment is simple for patients with Medicare at a …

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Practice Emotional Honesty Today

They had recently moved into a beautiful, brand-new home in southern California. Don and Laura were both in high-paying sales positions, which allowed them to decorate their home meticulously and beautifully. Unfortunately for Don, his new position in bed was not as meticulously thought out as the home decor. The …

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Respect the Power of Words

The results from the chess study provide a crucial insight into the interplay between talent and practice in the development of various skills. While people with certain innate characteristics--IQ, in the case of the chess study--may have an advantage when first learning a skill, that advantage gets smaller over time …

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Seek the Reason for Suffering and Pain

If your physical body is in balance, you can go about achieving everything you set out to do, giving it your all. I have heard this area of the home described as the place where everything and nothing happens. The only way feng shui could possibly not work is if …

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Show That You Care

This innovation is one reason I am optimistic about the US system's long-term performance. In the next decade or 2, the United States will again become one of the best systems in the world. Considering the US system's underperformance and innovativeness, it is appropriate to ask what this study of …

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Begin your quest for the truth

As I mentioned earlier, the only two areas where we know for certain that genetics affects sports performance are height and body size. Stefan Holm, the Swedish high jumper whom Thomas defeated in the 2007 World Championships, is only five feet eleven, extremely short for a high jumper. Holm had …

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Love, Medicine & Miracles

The simplicity of obtaining coverage, comprehensiveness of benefits, and affordability to individuals are also of fundamental importance. This yields 4 dimensions for evaluating countries' performance coverage: (1) universality, (2) simplicity and ease of getting care, (3) comprehensiveness of benefits, and (4) affordability at the point of service (see Table 12-1 …

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Peace, Love & Healing

Try to find a new home for the possessions (a museum, a charity, another family member, a friend). When my grandfather died, my mother asked if there was anything I wanted from his house. I replied, A flour sifter. It was all I could think of that I needed at …

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Overeating may have occurred because of a lack of control

If it works as intended, the result is a completely different mindset from the usual one in which the business day is for work and practice is done only on special occasions, as when a consultant arrives and runs a training session. This practice-driven mindset is very similar to that …

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Commit to a goal of not treating your body like a trash can

In a field you're already familiar with--like your own job--think carefully about what characterizes good performance and try to come up with ways to measure that, even if there must be a certain amount of subjectivity in your measurement. Then look for those people who score highest in the areas …

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Drop the fork

Second, the number of ten thousand hours at age twenty for the best violinists was only an average. Half of the ten violinists in that group hadn't actually accumulated ten thousand hours at that age. Gladwell misunderstood this fact and incorrectly claimed that all the violinists in that group had …

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Drop the justifications

The question of whether anyone can become an expert performer in a given field by taking part in enough designed practice is still open, and I will offer some thoughts on this issue in the next article. But there was nothing in the original study to suggest that it was …

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Keep your hands, mouth and eyes busy and distracted

One way to think about this is simply as a reflection of the fact that, to date, we have found no limitations to the improvements that can be made with particular types of practice. As training techniques are improved and new heights of achievement are discovered, people in every area …

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Propel a greater sense of self-care throughout the day

These techniques tend to be variants of the method that Steve developed--that is, they rely on memorizing chunks of two or three or four digits and then arranging those groups in a retrieval structure so that they can be recalled in order later. I saw such a technique in action …

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Can You End the Downward Spiral?

Furthermore, it is an area that, at least in the case of the violin and piano, generally requires twenty or more years of steady practice if you are to take your place among the best in the world. In short, it is a natural field--and quite likely the very best …

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Exercise is optional

Our results indicated that those preteens and teens who could maintain and even increase their heavy practice schedule during these years ended up in the top group of violinists at the academy. We also calculated estimated practice times for the middle-aged violinists working at the Berlin Philharmonic and the Radio-Symphonie-Orchester …

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Go back to being stronger sooner

Then there are jete, colle, detache, martele, legato, loure, and more, each technique with its own distinctive sound. And, of course, all of these bow techniques must be done in close coordination with the left hand as it fingers the strings. These are not skills that can be picked up …

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Help make the missteps less frequent

The thirty music students were also asked to keep daily diaries for each of the next seven days in which they would detail exactly how they'd spent their time. In the diaries, they recorded their activities in fifteen-minute increments: sleeping, eating, going to class, studying, practicing alone, practicing with others …

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People can lose tons of weight without exercise

What areas don't qualify? Pretty much anything in which there is little or no direct competition, such as gardening and other hobbies, for instance, and many of the jobs in today's workplace--business manager, teacher, electrician, engineer, consultant, and so on. These are not areas where you're likely to find accumulated …

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Wake up and get on the scale daily

These were the superstars-in-waiting, the students who intimidated all their classmates. The professors came up with fourteen names. Of those, three were not fluent in German--and thus would be difficult to interview--and one was pregnant and wouldn't be able to practice in her normal manner. That left us with ten …

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Boost your weight loss and maintenance success

Not surprisingly, the highly successful agents--as determined by their sales volumes--knew more about the various insurance products than the less successful agents. But more to the point, researchers found that the highly successful agents had much more complex and integrated knowledge structures--what we're calling mental representations--than the less successful agents …

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If you drink it, ink it

That doctor couldn't make a diagnosis and referred the patient to a specialist. The specialist, a neuro-opthalmologist, immediately recognized the small pupil as a symptom of a particular syndrome but had no idea what might cause that syndrome in an otherwise healthy man--and how it all might be related to …

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If you nibble it, scribble it

Thus, when the police officer went to the urgent-care clinic complaining of an earache, the doctor there assumed the problem was an infection of some sort--which would have been the correct answer in most cases--and didn't worry about the seemingly irrelevant fact that one of the patient's pupils was acting …

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You feel like you are so far from your goal

We knew, for instance, why each piece was there and what we wanted to accomplish with it. And we had a clear idea of the article's structure and logic--why one topic followed another--and the interconnections among the various pieces. We found that this process also forced us to think carefully …

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If you bite it, write it

The more you study a subject, the more detailed your mental representations of it become, and the better you get at assimilating new information. Thus a chess expert can look at a series of moves in chess notation that are gibberish to most people--1. Similarly, an expert musician can look …

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Stick to Your Goal and Never Look Back

Eat what is good for YOU and your body will tell you what is not working. Make your window a vault! When it's closed nothing gets in except coffee and water. It's closed. An oil--stained, cluttered garage--or an ornate armoire filled with luxurious linens? Are you surprised by what you …

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Excuses Are Not Your Friend so Quit Making Them

Dr Smoot (2006) says, People cannot foresee the future well enough to predict what's going to develop from basic research. If we only did applied research, we would still be making better spears. The takeaway from basic research is that it always has value even if not immediate. Applied Research …

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Exercise is extra credit

WHAT SHOULD YOUR HDL Level BE? THE AVERAGE HDL level in the United States is around 45 for men and 55 for women. Generally, the higher your HDL level, the lower your risk of heart and blood vessel disease. The National Institutes of Health guidelines consider HDL levels lower than …

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Melt Off the Weight in Just One Month

When you are able to develop that rapport, you know that you are developing a connection with someone. You know that you are able to ensure that the relationships that you have are genuine and in doing so, you know that you can trust the other person. T ypically, this …

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Motivation starts right here

The fleeting moment that defines the Adventure is sought out again and again. In phase four, Misadventure, the difficulty of the task is either greater than the skill of the individual or it is perceived as such. Sometimes misadventure takes place because of the immediate negative reactions. The challenges in …

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