Foundations: Building Resilience

Patient:  “I feel great!” [Long pause… furrowed brow] Patient:  “What do I do now?” Bill:  “Establish a foundation of resilience, and then build resistance.” Webster’s dictionary defines resilience as the ability to become strong, healthy, and more successful again after something bad happens. It also includes the ability of something to return to its original […]

Note Cards: Naïve Experts and The Power in Asking Stupid Questions

I had the benefit of spending the entire week with my good friend Bryan Chung recently as he came to Indianapolis for a week-long IFAST “internship” and to take some continuing education that would typically be considered outside his field of expertise. The result of his visit has been a very powerful educational experience for […]

Self-Regulation Failure: Impact on Health

Through the use of daily rituals, increased planning, and execution of daily behaviors, I’ve made some pretty interesting changes in my ability to self-regulate.  My health markers have improved, my body fat has been in the single digits for about a year, and my personal productivity is at an all-time high. I thought it would […]

Padawan Lesson: Systemic Interaction

A healthy human system is not all that fragile. Resilience and robustness are byproducts of complexity. It is only when a system cannot cope with environmental and task demands that the system simplifies itself and appears to be fragile. A narrowed example to explain a broader perspective… According to Zatsiorsky,  we have 230 joints controlled […]

From my notebook: Building Your Model with Chessboards and Coffee Cups

“The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” -Stephen McCranie I’ve written a bit about models before. I think that having an evolving model of complex systems (humans) is imperative. We certainly have one whether we consciously intend to or not, but intention provides a much stronger, resilient, and adaptive model. […]