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David Amerland
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Author, Speaker, Analyst.
Author, Speaker, Analyst.

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The Mental Aspects of Combat

The mental elements of everything physical requires the brain to change before the body can perform.
Think Like a Ninja
Think Like a Ninja
thesnipermind.com
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Did Someone say "Dog Days"?

Bennie knows about Dog Days (http://bit.ly/2KVZuyI). August is a busy time in the intergalactic front. Alien invaders eye up our blue planet and begin to hatch dastardly plans for its take over. August is hot, of course. This year it is hotter than usual. And Bennie knows that the best form of planetary defense is to set up a trap whereby he pretends to be asleep in the August heat, sank into a summer duvet with the AC on, and puts pressure on the alien invaders to make a move before they are completely ready. This is smart! No wonder the rest of us can take August off and rest. Bennie is one clever planetary defender.
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Basic Principles

I know I am usually ahead of the curve. This was written back in 2015 but it will still help you understand Machine Learning better.
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The Struggle is Real

I am posting this here because imagine what it is like to constantly have to battle your own brain to stay focused. Most of us struggle with focus and motivation naturally without having a brain that flits about to contend with, as well. While there are coping strategies that can be put in place, they too require mental resources and effort, so everything becomes that much more difficult.
I’ve been making very slow progress on reading +David Amerland ‘s book, The Sniper Mind, but probably not for the reasons one might think. It’s a fairly easy read, in the sense that you don’t have wade through much technological jargon, and what there is, he does a good job of explaining in layman’s terms. Nor is it because you have to try to figure out how to apply the lessons that he draws from his discussions with snipers; David lays it all out for you, in easy-to-follow and easy-to-implement bullet lists and checklists of things to do.

No, the reason is because, while I like to think that David and I share quite a few interests and even personal characteristics, there is one crucial difference between him and me. That difference is that I’m ADHD (non-hyperactive type), and AFAIK David is not. Because of that difference, David possesses one key characteristic that I lack, and that is self-discipline.

That one trait, which he possesses, and which I lack, is also why I chose to put this post in this Collection, rather than the several others into which it would easily fit.

I’ve mostly been listening to the audiobook version on Audible during my morning and evening commutes, which unfortunately allows my mind the freedom to wander. Being ADHD, my mind is often connecting what David is writing about to some other book that I’ve read on business success, or martial arts training; or how it reminds me of a concept learned during a dental seminar or during martial arts training (that’s a frequent theme, as David and I share a passion for martial arts); or how I’ve been meaning to write a blog post on something similar; or perhaps how it is illustrated by something I’ve struggled with as a person with ADHD.

The part of the book to which I keep returning in my mind, is that in which David describes the 3 P’s: Purpose, Passion, & Persistence.

Of those 3, the one with which I struggle most, has always been persistence, aka self-discipline. Anyone with ADHD knows that struggle, even with coping skills and medication. I don’t mean to make ADHD a scapegoat or excuse; despite it, and even in some ways because of it, I have lived a rich and fulfilling life, and my dental practice is extremely successful (lots of that is due to my wife, too). But if there is one thing that is difficult for people with ADHD, it is maintaining self-discipline and persistent focus on one or more tasks, skills, or goals over extended periods of time. We get hung up on tasks easily, unable to move beyond them. For example, I haven’t been able to keep reading/listening to the book much for the last week, until I was able to figure out what I wanted to say about it thus far. Thankfully, that’s what I’m doing now, so hopefully, I can make progress on the book again. Although, there are at least 5 other topics that I would like to discuss, just from the first few chapters, and there’s no way to do all that here and now. Mostly because I desperately need to finish watching an online seminar on planning dental implant cases, and I have some free time to do that now.

Which of course, is another thing about ADHD - we often have way too many irons in the fire. LOL. But that will have to be a topic for another day. I’ve already read 300 pages of A Feast for Crows today, written this, so now I have to watch more of the course. When I get home, it’ll be time to cook dinner for tonight and the week, practice piano for 45 minutes, and watch Annie with my 11yo daughter.
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Love In The Brain

It was just three years ago that I was writing about the Chemistry of Love (http://bit.ly/2MDhGi7) and the magic of Valentine’s Day. That love is a chemical we know and understand, more than that, we actually feel it. But love is, of course, way more than that.

Because nothing can exist that cannot be thought of or about, love starts in the brain. Love, it would seem, particularly romantic love, is a reward: http://bit.ly/2OZYOLR. At the same time love is obsessive, addictive and risky: http://bit.ly/2Me4eEv. There is a really good reason for all this and it is found in the way we have evolved to survive: http://bit.ly/2Mlqdcu.

As Helen Fisher is eager to acknowledge, romantic love is something we crave (http://bit.ly/2OVr7Lr). The way the brain falls in love is also something we can now understand better: http://bit.ly/2Mlgzqu. And let’s not forget that love and romance are the building material out of which relationships are forged. A secure relationship has a whole lot of other things associated with it that make it very desirable: http://bit.ly/2Mf1CpX.

The increasing body of research around love and romance (http://bit.ly/2P64BzA) should help us all understand why love happens and how it evolves: http://bit.ly/2P2oLdG. Men and women approach love differently (http://bit.ly/2MiFVFu) and that, in itself reveals how we are affected by cultural constructs. Love’s origins may be in ancient Greece (http://bit.ly/2OYV5y2) or maybe a little later: http://bit.ly/2KMzBRw.

It is interesting that something as deep, pervasive and primal as love is it is also something that we have examined very little while, all the time, we talk about it a lot: http://bit.ly/2KKi38U. Frustration, for example, may be necessary to feel satisfaction when in love: http://bit.ly/2KMvrZV.

Unsurprisingly, as we have turned to pseudoscience to help us solve the mystery of love, or rather address the problem of unreciprocated love: http://bit.ly/2MEnzLV we are also now using science to overcome the ache of love spurned: http://bit.ly/2MFeFhl.

A lot of the problems we face in this world are of our own making. The neurobiology that ensured our survival and ensconced us at the pinnacle of the planetary food chain also conspires to foil our expectations and complicate our behavior: http://bit.ly/2KKWe9e. If behavioral science can explain the patterns that lead us to fall out of love: http://bit.ly/2KKWwwT it stands to reason that its strength and the addiction we feel to it is also based upon behavioral neurobiology: http://bit.ly/2MElnnP.

This creates an interesting conundrum. On the one hand we can accept who we are at a neurobiological level. Accept that not every relationship is destined to last, that we may, indeed, naturally fall out of love with someone we are in a relationship with or take steps to stop feeling anything for someone who doesn’t return our feelings: http://bit.ly/2MEmcgp.

Or, we may, instead, create a construct in our minds (as we have) of what love and relationships are supposed to be like because we know that the aspiration changes us and how we behave, elevates our thinking (http://bit.ly/2MEmkfT), changes our perspective (http://bit.ly/2KR0FPW) and actually makes us, overall, better versions of our self.

The struggle between the caveman and the astronaut in us is real (http://bit.ly/2MBDieB). We have a lot to learn about how we truly behave (and why) - http://elitedai.ly/2MEUf86 and, as I showed in The Sniper Mind (https://amzn.to/2KIBU8d) the road to controlling our impulses and rising to greater cognitive and emotional heights starts with an awareness of our physicality and small steps designed to help us use it better.

I know, that you know that. The ability, for instance, to get through each Sunday Read and come out the other side having learnt new things and acquired a fresh perspective is predicated upon the success of the previous day’s hunt for plenty of coffee and croissants, cookies, donuts and chocolate cake. Have an awesome Sunday, wherever you are.
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The Power of Focus

Focus, like everything else, requires a method. +Errol Doebler helps us all learn each and every day.
SMACCC

As a coach, there's not much better than seeing impact with clients. I recently had the privilege of spending the day with Rhythm Systems, Inc., and am delighted to share an article they wrote sharing lessons learned from our time together.

#Leadership #Process

http://www.rhythmsystems.com/blog/how-smaccc-will-save-your-company
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Things You Need To Know

The "three little shells" toilet paper mystery may have baffled us all in Demolition Man (http://bit.ly/2KKzwha) but the ancient Greeks knew what to do with them, apparently - plus 32 more things you probably didn't know about them. :)
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Quality Control

Fellow Terrans. If your lawn too needs close inspection, Inspector Bennie can be reached on BENNIE-800-01. He charges reasonable rates and will come around and after careful appraisal (see last shot, bottom right) he will give it the Terran Defense League Green Lawn Seal of Approval. It's a tad expensive, but totally worth it! Happy Friday.
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Bennie Cannot Wait For Friday

He's been busy today making sure the lawn is green, the weather a tad cooler and Summer still a delight. (Yep, he really is that powerful.) ;) Hope you're having an awesome Thursday.
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