A Powerful Word

  • Dad wisdom: A powerful word
  • Focus: Inverted habits
  • Fitness: Overhead range
  • A book, a quote, a dad joke

Dad Wisdom: A powerful word

Frameworks for the new year are great but there’s something about the simplicity of one word. That was the focus of our most recent call. All of them involved change — some by addition but most by subtraction.

My aspiration this year is both. It’s to take more action by eliminating the barriers to it. If I find myself hesitating on creating something, I’m going to work to religiously strip the frictions out.

In a word, what are you working on this year?

These thoughts are inspired by a recent Dad Strength call.

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On Focus: Inverted Habits

On our last call of 2023, I shared the art of prompts. Not the ChatGPT kind but the type that signal behaviours. Red lights, kettles whistling, and “Hey, how are you?” Anything that reliably — and usually unconsciously — triggers a behaviour. Most of the time, people want to create new behaviours in their lives and design accordingly. However, it’s also possible to start with prompts. I actually prefer it.

Here, you examine your existing prompts — things that live reliably in your life — and ask what habits could flourish at those times —and in those spaces. It’s like looking at the soil and climate before deciding what to plant.

Fitness: Want more overhead range?

Whether you want to put heavy shit over your head or not, it’s nice to have the option. When shoulders can’t make it there, however, they’ll pass the buck — often into the low-back. This isn’t always terrific.

Dead hangs

It doesn’t matter if it’s a pull-up bar or a monkey bar. Grip and hang loose. No technique needed. To use less than your bodyweight, lower the bar, so some of your body is sitting on the ground.

Work up to 30 seconds cumulatively with as many short breaks as you need. Repeat the process to get to 60 seconds and beyond.


“Wisdom isn’t a body of information. It’s the moral quality of knowing what you don’t know and figuring out a way to handle your ignorance, uncertainty, and limitation.”

— David Brooks

Dad joke

What’s the difference between a joke and a rhetorical question?

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