Mountain Sickness

Slow and steady wins the race. Aesop c. 550 B.C. Unless you’re into mountain climbing or skiing at high altitudes, you’ve probably never heard of mountain sickness. There are two types: one is rather mild and occurs at relatively low altitudes, while high altitude pulmonary edema can be very serious, even deadly. The basic cause of each is that the rate of ascent into higher altitudes outpaces the body’s ability to adjust. If a climber took a helicopter and landed halfway up a very high mountain to shorten the time to the top, he would surely come down with the …
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Planning ahead

Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. Tom Landry Legendary coach of the Dallas Cowboys 1924 – 2000 Each morning, I read certain comic strips in the newspaper. I read the comics for two reasons: they provide a bit of humor in an otherwise stressful world, and they often contain a kernel of truth. I don’t normally read the Garfield strip, but my daughter pointed out an installment that contained a valuable lesson. If you aren’t familiar with the comic, its main character is …
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What’s holding you back?

Men willingly believe what they wish. Julius Caesar 100 – 44 B.C. I work with a number of people to help them achieve their goals. But before I can help them, I need to understand what’s holding them back. Most of the people I work with think that their problem is lack of specific knowledge, lack of resources (usually money), or lack of connections. My biggest task is to get them to realize that the issue isn’t any of those things; what holds them back is their beliefs. Simply telling them the true problem doesn’t solve anything. Typically, it sparks …
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