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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Eight (8) Principles for Finding the Fountain of Youth- Part 11

"I just kept on doing what everyone starts out doing. The real question is, why did other people stop?"– William Stafford

* A word about “expectations “as a motivator which happens to be our* Psychological principle or concept # 5. In the 1970’s, I empirically researched the relationship or cause-effect between expectancy and performance. To oversimplify, I found out about the expectations that 4th grade children had on a particular arithmetic assignment. Some children expected to do well, while other children expected to do poorly on the assignment. Pupils who expected to do well, on this assignment did in fact do well. On the contrary, pupils, who expected to do poorly, did in fact do poorly. The students who expected to do well easily outperformed students, who expected to do poorly on the assignment. Do not discount the power of expectations as it relates to performance.

Consider this quote by Michelangelo: "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
– Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelangelo, here are my comments about setting your level of aspiration too high, failing and having a string of failures. Too much reinforced failure is not a good thing and can lead to more and more disappointment and interfere with setting realistic goal expectations.

From Secretariat: I fall on the side of Michelangelo. My expectation are always higher then I know I will achieve. How else would you push yourself to improve.

More about the power and the importance of expectations, the mind-body connection and “how” and “what” we think.
To be continued:


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