Every next level of life will demand a different you. ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
It’s no accident that the mythical symbol of the phoenix punctuates the Further logo. If we’re continuing to grow as people, we do experience something akin to rebirth from the ashes of our former selves in order to meets the demands of our next level of life.
It’s glorious, but also often uncomfortable and a bit scary. We literally leave our own comfort and confidence zone in order put ourselves at a new level where we’re not so comfortable and confident. That’s why some people are actively resistant to change, especially as we age.
Once you’ve begun succeeding at any endeavor, you’ll reach a threshold where you must decide if you’re ready to go to the next level. Most people get comfortable at a certain stage because they don’t want to deal with the emotional purging involved in up-leveling.
So, is it worth it? Only you can answer that for yourself, but something tells me you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t headed for your next level.
Enjoy the journey!
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Drug of Choice
Endorphins and other chemicals that release when we exercise feel good, and yes, they’re addictive. Too much exercise can be a bad thing, but overall, you could do a lot worse when it comes to “feel good” addictions.
Exercise makes us happier and it’s good for the overall health of the brain. New research shows you can give yourself a mental boost by getting a quick workout just before a task requiring cognition.
A Time to Eat
Do you need to drink a protein shake within 30 minutes of working out to maximize strength gains? Can a protein snack before working out enhance recovery? Find out what the experts say about the importance of nutrient timing to optimize performance.
Dieting isn’t smart, being healthy is. Although weight matters when it comes to health, the true path to wellness may be to not try to lose weight at all — because the focus on the scale can cause us to abandon healthy changes if the pounds don’t come off as quickly as we’d like.
Sun, fun, tequila and … wellness? The wellness travel industry continues to expand, this time with six all-new wellness suites at Grand Velas Los Cabos.
Live Long and Prosper
“There may be something to be said then for aging less timidly — as a sort of happy contrarian, arguing when you feel like arguing, playing when you feel like playing. Maybe you want to pass up the quiet of the country for the churn of a city. Maybe you want to drink a little, eat a rich meal, have some sex.”
Change Your Mind
It’s easy to assume that if you’re reading Further, you must have a growth mindset. But you know what they say about assumptions. Also, when we’re contemplating our next level, we may be a little more fixed in our thinking that we might acknowledge. It’s always good to re-explore this topic and realize how much we can change.
The Third Place
A bit of noise is a good thing when working — it helps us be more creative. But it needs to be a place where where you’re not constantly interrupted, which is a why a coffee shop works and an open-plan office can be a frustrating disaster.
Do Less, Achieve More
“Work smarter, not harder.” Sounds good. But how do you actually do that? UC Berkeley professor Morten Hansen looked at 200 academic papers, interviewed 120 experts, ran a pilot study on 300 subjects, and built a framework which he then tested on 5000 participants from various industries and backgrounds.
No one can yet explain how the brain produces consciousness (or if that’s even where it comes from). And despite the profession of anesthesiology, we misunderstand unconsciousness as well. Researchers from the University of Michigan’s Center for Consciousness Science have taken a closer look at what the brain is doing when it’s drifting into unconsciousness in order to better understand both sides of the coin.
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