20141204

Book review: QBQ! The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller

This is a book review of QBQ! The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller.

Here’s the gist. Personal accountability is a powerful tool to get things done, solve problems, and improve quality of life. Personal accountability comes from asking yourself a few key questions. Questions such as:

“What can I do about [such and such problem, challenge, goal, etc.]?”

“How can I achieve with the resources that I have available?”

“What am I learning?”

“How can I apply what I am learning to [such and such problem, challenge, goal, etc.]?”

“How can I learn from this experience?”

The idea is that a more thorough self-evaluation will open up possible solutions to problems or barriers that hinder progress and growth, as well as gaining an important skill for stress management.

Stress is a result of our actions. Self evaluation that leads to greater personal accountability may reduce stress because a thorough evaluation may reveal that some of the stressors are uncontrollable. One can learn to let go of those stressors and seek to focus on what can be controlled. Such as, reactions to challenges and adversity. Choose how to feel about stuff rather than allowing stuff to dictate the feelings.

This could be helpful with problem solving or improving team work because targeted self-evaluation can help reveal what an individual has control of and what options for action they have. For example, asking the question, “What can I do about dinner today that will give me a mindful eating experience?” will help focus into planning a mindful eating experience for dinner. It is a very easy concept to apply.

In summary, this book is about a tool for improving life satisfaction by using carefully targeted questions for self-evaluation to accomplish goals, work through barriers, solve problems, and improve relationships. Look for it in your local public library.

20141027

My Average Running Speed over Time

This chart shows how I have maintained my speed over time. It is important because it illustrates how hard it is to improve with insufficient training. As the human body ages it is more difficult to make gains in athletic performance.


Online Graphing
graph and charts

My goal for a half marathon is to complete it in 90 minutes or less. That requires an average speed of 14.05km/hour. The closest I came to that was in February when I ran a 5k with an average speed of 13.45 km/hour.


My goal for a 5K is to complete it in 20 minutes or less. That requires an average speed of 15km/hour. The closest I came to that was in February when I ran a 5k with an average speed of 13.45 km/hour.


The likelihood that I'll achieve these goals requires a person to remain highly optimistic, and work harder and especially smarter.

20141016

#Inequality #BAD2014 #Blogaction14 #Oct16

Inequality takes many forms. Each day people throughout our community and nation face unequal challenges to access to education, healthcare, housing, fair wages, and healthy foods. These are barriers that have been built and maintained since our nation took its roots on this continent.

I believe that people deserve a fair opportunity to be successful. In my day job I work as a nutritionist for the United States’ premier public health nutrition program, WIC. Each day I see why inequality is an issue. Many of the families I see face many challenges that other people don’t even consider. Challenges like:
  • Getting their pre-schooler into an early head start program
  • Figuring out how to work and nurse an infant
  • Dealing with the stigma of being on a public assistance program
In our country we have this national sense of individualism that labels successful people as “motivated” or “driven” and unsuccessful people as “lazy”. The truth is that the so-called successful people were born into an advantageous position and the unsuccessful people were born into a disadvantaged position. Here are two examples of this:
  • All things being equal, a female is more likely to earn a lower wage than a male (Source: Gender Pay Gaps)
  • A worker that starts their climb up the corporate ladder is likely to be in the same income bracket ten years later (Source: Intragenerational Income Mobility)
Inequality is an issue because as a national community we suffer the consequences of a socioeconomic system that disadvantages much of our population. If we fully supported each and every one of our neighbors then our great nation wouldn't try so desperately to hold onto the world.

There is something you can do right now that can help. Donate to any of the non-profit charities below. Their work is to reduce inequality in their specific field of interest.

Educare Arizona’s mission is to ensure vulnerable young children and their families are successful in school and life by providing quality early childhood learning, family support and health care and by acting as an unequivocal voice for early childhood policy and practice.

Harlem Children’s Zone’s goal is simple—to give our kids the individualized support they need to get to and through college and become productive, self-sustaining adults. Realizing this goal is difficult and complex, particularly since we are working with over 12,000 youth, many of them with tough challenges.

Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual's income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being. We believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individual's right to privacy. We further believe that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life and strong family relationships.

Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

National Coalition for the Homeless’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected. We envision a world where everyone has a safe, decent, affordable and accessible home.