In Over Your Head

I think we have all felt at times we are in over our head. Whether that’s with work, family, or an extreme combination of the two.  The analogy is easy to understand and relate to; an inexperienced swimmer falls into water thats too deep. You feel like you can’t get up for air!

The common theme is that it is always about a specific situation. It is often short lived. I like Derek Siver’s blog post of a few years back best that says, ” Stay In over Your Head!”

Whatever you’re doing in your life right now, if it’s become a routine, it’s time to move on to something new and scary.

Abraham Maslow wrote, “Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth): Make the growth choice a dozen times a day.”

Whatever scares you, go do it.

As the Olympics are going on right now, do you think that just possibly a few Medal winners felt at the most stressful point of their events that they just might be in over their head!

Whether its a new job, a new project,  family pressures or extreme time restraints you really only have two options:

1. Fake it until you make it!

2. Stick your tail between your legs and give up!

It’s your decision!

Are You Paying For A Massage You Never Get

Use it or lose it!

It surprises me how many times I have heard people say, “Oh, I’m covered for that through work, but I never seem to go for a massage. I really should!”

So, I thought I would see if I could dig up some stats on how many people in Canada are covered for extended health benefits such as massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, Naturopathic Doctor, etc.  I was able to find a few, and  although the numbers aren’t exact or all that current, the  fact remains that too many people are paying for coverage they just aren’t taking the TIME to take advantage of.  I will end with a few ideas on how to rectify that.

Here is approximately how many Canadians are covered for supplementary health coverage. I have made the assumption that there has not been a vast change in percentages over the last decade:

Approx 20 Million Canadians are covered for supplementary heath coverage

Approx 20 Million Canadians are covered for supplementary heath coverage

As an example, ever year only 8% of Canadians utilize the service of a massage therapist.

Percentage(s) of Canadians Using Extended Health Plans

Percentage(s) of Canadians Using Extended Health Plans

In other words, even with my backwards math, if  63% of Canadians are covered and only 20% are actually consulting  any sort of alternative health provider then by my estimations almost 2 out of every 3 people covered are paying for a massage they will never get, new eyeglasses they are entitled to but will never see, a check up from a Naturopath that never happens, and or many other extended health services that simply get forgotten.

If you are paying for it already, then there is no other excuse for not getting the massages & alternative health services you  deserve, other than sheer laziness or an understandable  lack of finances ( Recognizing that some people just can’t afford to pay the small percentage that insurance companies ask you to cover for such services!)

Here are a few ideas on how to rectify the situation:

1. Go look at your benefits now. Do you even know what you are covered for?

2. Print out 10 copies of any forms necessary to submit receipts and keep them in an easy to remember place along with 10 pre-addressed and stamped envelopes. After every massage, Naturopathic Doctor visit or other alternative provider, immediately submit your receipts for re-reimbursement. I know of some people that carry these envelopes with them to their appointment and mail the receipt and form immediately after.

3. Whether it is massage, chiropractic or any other service that you wish you were committing to on an ongoing basis. Just call them and book a standing appointment once a month, once every quarter or how ever often you can afford the time & your deductible.

Taking the time to plan out how to use ‘YOUR’ alternative health services could ultimately help you & your family  relieve stress, keep you on a track to a healthier you, and ultimately stop wasting hard earned money you are spending every two weeks to pay for the coverage.

That is the point… you are paying for it already. You might as well get your moneys worth.

Andrew Garcia-American Idol

I normally don’t like making predictions, and blogging about American Idol may be a tad off topic for me, but young father & singer songwriter Andrew Garcia is such an amazing talent.. he is going to win.  As a music lover, amateur musician & blogger I wanted to do my small part to spread the news and encourage everyone to vote for Andrew to win!

I’m sure you’ll see plenty of him on TV, but found this gem of a video he did with a friend on YouTube.

You can also follow & support him on twitter via @andrewagarcia & Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/andrewadriangarcia

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Cwoo2R4Xg[/youtube]

If You Suck at Typing Like Me

I have mentioned this software to so many people, thought it was high time to do a quick blog post & video. FYI  I’m going to try and do more audio & video in 2010.

Whether you suck at typing like I do, or just need to take a break from typing for a multitude of reasons. I have put together this short demo of how I use a speech recognition software called Dragon Naturally Speaking to do my meeting notes.  Apparently, I could use the  software to completely control my computer with out my keyboard, but doubt  I will ever get there.

As a side note,  Dragon is also available as a free iPhone App which you can locate here: http://www.dragonmobileapps.com/ I have used the app and do like it, but just wish it wouldn’t force me to stop and continue after 30 seconds of dictation. I’m assuming that they will come out with a paid version that solves that problem :)

Here it is! Would love to hear what how you are starting to integrate speech recognition in your business or life?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rav3OBMTyCM[/youtube]

Where Have All The Children Gone?

Where have all the children gone?

The statistics prove where they are! This post was written to make myself and other parents feel bad. I have no excuses and need to step it up a notch… do you? We know darn well where the children have gone, and we as parents are responsible.

You know you’re getting old when you starting making statements like, “When I was a kid…!”

Well, when I was a kid and especially during Canadian winters, the streets were filled with children, and even adults, playing street hockey, building snow forts, and generally having fun regardless of how cold it was.

Today, and many days this winter, I have noticed that when I am outside with my daughters playing in the snow, and generally re-living my youth through them, there is an eerie silence. That silence is infrequently interrupted by garage doors opening, and the odd mini-van coming and going!

Where have all the children gone?

I’m not a perfect parent by any means, and during the winter my kids only play outside a few times a week. Just a couple times a week is too little. Just a short 25 years ago, I would be out playing from the time school let out until the street lights came on… every single day!  Today, the Nintendo DSI, homework, the Wii, gymnastics, piano lessons, computers and a freaking busy life tend to get in the way of spending time together, let alone outdoors. Then throw in the fear of predators and an unsafe violent world, and NO wonder life has changed.

Either way, we are responsible as parents.

What do the statistics say about where the kids are 24/7?

(4.0 hrs) They are watching an average of 4 hours of TV a day. Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television:  1,680  http://www.csun.edu/science/health/docs/tv&health.html#tv_stats

(9.0 hrs) They are sleeping on average 9 hours a day. http://www.bls.gov/tus/charts/chart16.pdf

(5.0 hrs) Most are in school 7 hr a day 5 days a week or averaged out to approx.  5 hours daily per week. This doesn’t take into account homework.

(30 min) Homework. http://social.jrank.org/pages/985/Trends-in-Elementary-Secondary-Education-Why-So-Much-Homework.html

(30 min) Only 13% of Canadian Children are getting the recommended 90 Minutes of physical activity daily. 87% are not.  http://www.activehealthykids.ca/ecms.ashx/ReportCard2009/AHKC-Longform_WEB_FINAL.pdf

(1.0 hrs) 48% of Canadian children spend at least an hour online per day. http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/resources/research_documents/statistics/internet/parents_aware_kids_use.cfm

(1.0 hrs) Eating http://www.bls.gov/tus/charts/

(3.0 hrs) Miscellaneous. Hmmm… guess this would consist of bathroom breaks, playing with friends, talking on the phone and or a million other little things.

As depressing as all the above statistics are, and how much worse it could be if I threw in childhood obesity, the decreased time spent with our children for multiple commitments, and the stress that technology has truly placed on our lives, there is only one solution.

Schedule as often as possible to turn the technology off, unplug the world, and show our children how to make snow forts, build tree houses, capture frogs and breath the air of life we so desperately need just as bad as they do!

Do you disagree, relate or what?