When 90% isn’t success: The Wedges Game

I finally succeeded in building an exercise habit when I implemented a lesson I hadn't yet really learned:  that success in a complicated endeavor depends on playing The Wedges Game (combining a number of partial solutions).  After relying on and failing with the single strategy of being disciplined in exercising, I combined: A great cross-trainer machine that doesn't squeak (Octane 47) A multichannel TiVo to record engaging TV programs A DVD player to support action-adventure movies ..

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Reframing: Same facts, different interpretation

I just finished running an errand.  I helped someone move his belongings from the Salvation Army's Harbor Lights temporary shelter to a longer term care facility where he's got a room.  The new facility is for men in the later stages of alcoholism. It was pretty depressing. How does a person end up homeless?  I imagine every case is unique.  I imagine there are lots of reasons.  I suspect one force at play is a habit of assigning some pretty negative meanings to the twists and turns of life.  I ..

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If surviving a trip to the ER depends on this…

  I'm listening to the audio book version of SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.  Much of the book supports the point that the best solutions to complex problems are often pretty simple.  It's an interesting read and might be where I read the point I'm going to make here.  And I might have heard it on a podcast. What I read or heard somewhere is that successful outcomes from ..

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