Health, Learning and development, Nature, Physical activity, Travelling, Wellness

International Training 2

Today was the day for a long run. The weather was just perfect for kicking ass in the nearby park close to the beach, a run in the sand on the beach and then finish with a short swim in The Mediterranean.

When there are no outside training stations you have to make your own with what you come by. Lifting stone, lift yourself in the trees and jump up and down on the stonehenge. Push Ups you can make everywhere.

There was a good variety in the landscape. Some places I ran between palms and other places it was like running in the desert.

Then it was time for beach running and the cold swim.

Even though it is very hard to run at the beach, I think it is the best place for me to run. In the sand you really strengthen your joints and muschles, and if you doo it bare feeted then you really give yourself the wellness that you deserve.

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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Learning and development, Nature, Travelling

Guadalest – A Paradise In The Mountains

Guadalest is located at a distance of approx. 20km from Benidorm although the road, winding up into the mountains, makes it seem far longer. Once upon a time, the place was only accessible on donkeys´ backs.

Situated on a mountain overlooking the valley of the river Guadalest, the town is surrounded by the mountain chains of Sierra d´Aixorta, Sierra de Serella and Sierra de Aitana. The way there leads through pine forests, citrusgroves, nispera and almond trees the sight of which makes for a very pleasant journey.

With a number of permanent residents in the region of 300, Guadalest is tiny, but explodes with tourists who come to see the main attractions: the reservoir which is formed by the river and the picturesque town itself, divided into El Arrabel, the old town and the quarter of the castle, San Jose. Both parts are connected by a tunnel hewn into the rock.

Park your car on the public parking lot which has plenty of spaces, make your way to the surrounding parapet and have a first look at the tranquil and rather vast reservoir below, reflecting the surrounding mountains. You can walk towards the water on a clearly indicated path, stroll along a bit or even, if on offer, take a short boat ride on the reservoir.

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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Health, Mindset, Travelling, Wellness

International Training 1

Do you feel the energy for training too, when you come to new different places in the world.

This time I will tell you about my training in Alicante, South East Spain. Well it is not the first time I am here. Actually it is my second time. I love the climate and the ocean here, but apart from that it is really a boring landscape and a too touristic place.

Running among cactusses.

Just love running along the mediterranean sea. Sorry about my finger….

Today it was a 6 km run up and down and a very short swim in the sea. Its only 16 degrees C. now.

See you tomorrow for a far more crazy training.

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

 

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Biology, Learning and development, Nature

Sapiens 1

I am reading a fantastic book called “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari. It is a brief history of humankind.

Here is some of the things from the book I will share with you.

Fire

Gave us power

Farming

Made us hungry for more

Money

Gave us purpose

Science

Made us deadly

We wiped out the Neanderthals.

They were too familiar to ignore, but too different to tolerate.

Sapiens had the unprecedented ability to cooperate flexibly in large numbers. Ants and bees can also work together in huge numbers, but they do so in a very rigid manner and only with close relatives. Wolves and chimpanzees cooperate far more flexible than ants and bees, but they can do so only with small numbers of other individuals that they know intimately. Sapiens can cooperate in extremely flexible ways with countless numbers of strangers.

That´s why the sapiens rule the world, whereas ants eat our leftovers and chimps are locked up in zoos and research laboratories……

Love, Health and Diversity

Brian

 

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Learning and development, Mindset, Psychology

Dit Mindset er 80%

“Mindset” er et meget anvendt ord i sportens verden, men hvordan kan du bruge begrebet, så du bliver en bedre sportsudøver hver dag?

Læringsforskeren Carol Dweck har en vigtig pointe omkring læring er, at det ikke handler om, hvilket niveau vi præsterer på, men om vi præsterer på højere eller lavere niveau end vi plejer – og endnu vigtigere: Hvad der skal til for at rykke et niveau højere op.

Jeg har i min tid med sport oplevet rigtig mange atleter, der på et tidspunkt i deres karriere bliver fanget i et mentalt vakuum, hvor de prøver at fastholde de resultater de har lavet fremfor at forsøge at blive bedre.

Eksempelvis oplever jeg tit unge atleter, der kommer i kontakt med et landshold og fra denne dag handler det ikke længere om hvor gode de kan blive, men om “ikke at miste” pladsen på landsholdet. Man kan vel sige, at de bliver låst i deres tilgang og fokuserer på hvordan de kan positionere sig og finde en vej til at fastholde deres plads i en reaktiv tilgang. Modsætningen er at antage, at grunden til de er på landsholdet er fordi de forsøger at udvikle sig og derfor blive ved med at lære og søge efter bedre resultater.

Frygten for at fejle, frygten for ikke at lykkes, frygten for at miste det man allerede har opnået og måske undskyldninger for at slippe uden om udfordringer, forhindringer, kritik, feedback og hårdt arbejde.
Her er 5 handlinger til udvikling og langsigtet succes.

1/ Lær at sige “endnu”
Der er stor forskel på at sige ”jeg kan ikke” og ”jeg kan ikke endnu” fordi ordet endnu lægger op til punkt to.

2/ Find ud af hvad dit næste skridt er
Når du har sagt “endnu” skal du derefter sige: “Men det næste jeg vil gøre for at lykkes er….”

3/ Du lærer – både når du lykkes og når du fejler
Det er ikke så vigtigt om du lykkes. Det er din reaktion på enten succes eller fiasko, der er vigtig. Hvis du ikke lykkes skal du finde ud af hvad dit næste skridt er – og hvis du lykkes skal du også finde ud af hvad dit næste skridt er.

4/ Fokusér på at få “flere rigtige”
Det handler ikke om hvor god du er. Det handler om hvad du har lært og kan som du ikke plejer at kunne. Derfor skal du fokusere på de ting, der er lykkedes siden sidst (dvs. flere rigtige) i stedet for altid at dele tingene op i “jeg var go” eller “jeg var dårlig”.

5/ Lad andre inspirere dig
Når andre lykkes er det vigtigt at blive inspireret af dem, hvad kan du lære, hvad er næste skridt for dig? Men lad være med at kopiere ting uden at kende tankerne bag, du kan lige så godt ende med at stjæle deres fejl som deres styrker. Så hav et filter på når du bliver inspireret.

Opsamling
Tankerne i et udviklings-mindset er selvfølgelig mere end 5 punkter, men jeg håber, at jeg har kunnet inspirere dig til et mindset, hvor du får lyst til at blive bedre.

Jeg tænker, at udviklings-mindsettet kan inspirere mange felter

  • Den enkelte atlet, der vil være bedre
  • Træneren, der vil skabe udvikling
  • Klubben eller holdet, der vil være bevidst om deres mindset
  • Lederen, der vil inspirere et udviklings miljø
  • Men vigtigst af alt: Enhver underviser, der vil stimulere læring i stedet for resultater.

Inspireret af

Sportspsykologisk konsulent og mentaltræner Kim Dietrichsen

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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Fixed mindset and the Growth mindset

Why is it that some player’s who are labeled as being “less talented” become more successful than their “more talented” peers? This question has frustrated many coaches over the years, and Carol Dweck a professor from Stanford University, believes the answer is down to mindset. Dweck has extensively examined mindset, and argues that there are two fundamental mindsets that people use: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset.

Those with a fixed mindset believe they are born with a certain amount of intelligence or talent, and these abilities cannot be improved. This creates a constant urge to try and look better than other people. Within this mindset you are not interested in learning or bettering yourself, the only thing that matters is looking better than others because; “If you are only born with a certain amount of talent, you have to try create the illusion that you were born with a lot.”

People that possess a growth mindset believe abilities such as athleticism and intelligence etc. can be improved through hard work and persistence. People with a growth mindset generate a capacity for life long learning and constantly strive to improve. When presented with an obstacle, those possessing a growth mindset tend to rise to the challenge. Often, people of the growth mindset do not fear failure; instead, they view it as a chance to improve themselves. They adopt the view that “it’s not always the people born smartest that end up the smartest”.

As part Dweck’s extensive research she carried out two simple experiments on the topic of mindset, both of the studies have great relevance to coaching and the way coaches interact with athletes. In the first experiment Dweck took over three hundred students of similar age and range of ability, and gave them a questionnaire which tested their mindset. The group was split into two; those with a growth mindset, and those possessing a fixed mindset. Each group was then given the same task, a series of increasingly difficult problems. What happened next was extremely interesting.

The fixed mindset group became disheartened extremely quickly when the problems they were given got harder. They started to blame their lack of intelligence for their failure stating, “I guess I’m not good at this type of thing” or “I never had a good memory”. As a result, the majority of the fixed mindset group abandoned the task and failed to solve the set problems.

The findings from the growth mindset group could not have been more different. Despite also struggling with the more difficult problems, they did not appear to blame themselves for their lack of success in failing to solve the more difficult problems. Indeed most did not seem to consider themselves to be failing instead considered themselves as  “not yet successful”. In contrast to the other group, more than eighty percent of the growth mindset group maintained or improved their performance and applied strategies that helped them solve the more complex problems.

The results from this experiments shows that the difference in success was solely down to the students’ mindset. Those who possessed a growth mindset, and believed their performance could be improved simply through effort significantly outperformed those who believed that their talent was fixed. Therefore if coaches want to help their players improve, then a good starting point might be to help them generate a growth mindset.

So how do you help foster a growth mindset? This is obviously a vital question. The findings from the second experiment carried out by Dweck may shed some light on this. Four hundred students were given a series of simple puzzles. When finished each student was given his or her score, alongside some praise. Half the students were praised for their intelligence, i.e. “you must be good at this” while the other half were praised on their effort i.e. “you must have worked hard at this”. Dweck was testing whether the subtle difference in the language used could make a difference to the mindsets of the students. Following this the students were given the choice to take either a difficult or an easy test. Two thirds of the group that were praised for “being good” at the previous task opted for the easy test, to protect their “good” status. In contrast, 90% of the group praised for effort choose the harder test.

The second experiment shows how a simply changing our language can influence the mindset of the recipient. There was a clear propensity for the participants to develop a fixed mindset if praised for being “good” or “talented” at something, while participants displayed a growth mindset when being praised for effort.

This clearly shows the power of the words coaches can use to influence the players they work with. Dweck’s research clearly suggests that developing a growth mindset could be crucial for success in any walk of life. It appears to create a desire to constantly put in effort and improve, as well as helping people become more resilient when faced with failures. It is also clear that a fixed mindset can lead players to avoid challenges and be more likely to give up easily, which in the world of sport is the difference between success and failure.

Dweck’s research provides some clear lessons for sports coaches –

  1. Mindset can have a huge impact on the performance level of an athlete. Developing a growth mindset can lead to resilient athletes who constantly strive to improve.
  2. Mindset can be learnt, improved and developed.
  3. Educating players on the two different type of mindset is the first step to help a player develop a growth mindset.
  4. The environment created, and the language coaches’ use is fundamental to developing a growth mindset in players.
  5. The praise coaches give their players is crucial. Praise for effort not ability.

I hope that both players and coaches enjoyed this article, and it challenged you to think about which mindset you currently possess. For more information please see Carol Dewck’s book:Mindset: the new psychology of success.

https://believeperform.com/performance/mindset-the-fundamental-ingredient-to-success/

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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Biology, Learning and development, Nature

Skov bliver ryddet for at skaffe foder til danske svin

Den globale sojaproduktion breder sig og forårsager afskovning og intern fordrivelse af lokale i Sydamerika. Men trods politiske løfter om det modsatte afslører ny rapport en direkte forbindelse til den danske landbrugsindustris import af soja.


Mange grise kræver meget foder. Så når danske landmænd skal mætte de omkring 32 millioner danske svin, så de en dag kan blive til flæskesteg og frikadeller, bruger de proteinrig soja.

Men en ny rapport fra Verdens Skove og den globale miljøorganisation Mighty Earth, som udkommer i dag, viser, at en væsentlig del af den soja, de danske svin spiser, kommer fra områder, hvor store skovområder er ryddet, og hvor lokalbefolkningen udsættes for sundhedsskadelige giftstoffer og fordrives fra deres jord.

»Vi kommer ikke uden om, at dansk landbrug indirekte eller direkte bidrager til den katastrofale udvikling, fordi vi har en enorm svine- og dyreproduktion,« siger Gry Bossen, politisk konsulent i Verdens Skove, som er medforfattere til rapporten.

https://www.information.dk/indland/2018/10/ny-rapport-skov-ryddet-skaffe-foder-danske-svin

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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