There has to be a better way.
We must be doing something wrong in the developed world.
Cast your mind back to the last time you were out on the streets, or anywhere in and around people. Remember the people you saw walking around.
How was their energy, their posture, their movement, their shape?
Did you see the pinnacle of evolution in front of you? The most advanced species on the planet? Did you see boundless energy, sprightliness, bio-mechanical works of art?
Were most people just like a gazelle roaming free in the savannah, brimming with life-force, lean, powerful, alert, poised, balanced?
If you're in the UK, Europe, The United States and most countries in the developed world, you're more likely to have seen people with low energy, poor posture, a 'non-athletic' shape and who quite frankly don't look anything like a finely-honed wild animal.
They wouldn't pass the gazelle test.
How is it possible that the most advanced species on the planet has somehow allowed itself to end up like this?
What did we miss?
Where have we gone wrong?
It can't be proven (because technically nothing can be proven true) but I aim to present a compelling hypothesis that the single biggest contributor to this difference between humans and animals is the relationship with food.
Animals adapt to their environment. Humans adapt the environment to themselves.
That's not a problem in itself, but it has led to a huge issue with how we do food.
Unlike most animals, we have adapted our environment so well that we don't have to spend most of our time preoccupied with eating.
The human race as a whole is blessed with abundant food, and although there are many humans in the world who don't have enough to eat, overall, we have conquered the problem with food supply. (The challenges with the global distribution of food are outside the scope of this programme.)
However, this has only come about relatively recently in evolutionary terms, and it is the root cause of many predominantly human health-related problems such as diabetes, high blood-pressure, heart conditions and even cancer.
The health of the developed world is in crisis, not because of circumstances beyond our control, but as a direct result of circumstances we have controlled: How we eat.
Most of the current causes of premature death in the developed world are as a direct result of how we've been eating.
Ideally, we'd like to live like animals in the wild. Chasing prey one day, dead the next, because all the organs and body's systems have failed at about the same time.
Humans often die despite having most of their systems in good shape. Death occurs because one system has had a complete failure and brought about the early demise.
In this programme I'm going to be discussing why in fact we are, as a race, mostly eating poorly, and what we can all do about it.
I'll be combining the wisdom of some of the greatest thinkers who have ever lived with recent findings from research studies and applying it to the business of eating.
But most relevantly, I'll be giving you some specific things that you can do on a daily basis to solve the problem. If you want to.
I'll be giving you some reasonably easy processes to follow, some 'algorithms' that almost anyone can do, irrespective of starting position.
I'll be using an approach that has been used by thousands of people over the last 200 years, and which I've personally introduced to over 50,000 people, to bring about change in any aspect of their lives.
I've worked hard on this programme and I'm very pleased with it. So I do hope you enjoy it, find it helpful and above all, take action as a result.
All the best,
Tom Cassidy - Comprehensivist, Education Reformer, Reasonable Polymath, using continuous development frameworks to help people improve all areas of their lives: self-worth, self-belief, goal-achieving, feeling good, achieving sustainable health and deeply fulfilling relationships.
My mantra is: 'Feel Good. Do Stuff.'
Life's not about meditating on the top of a mountain in Nepal, feeling great, achieving enlightenment for yourself...
And it's definitely not about going through life doing things, without having awareness, being busy, achieving a lot but not being mindful of the bigger picture.
It's about both.
Feel good. Do Stuff.
Feel great about yourself, about life, the universe and everything, but do loads of things as well. Have a family, run a business, learn Italian, travel the world, change the world - Do Stuff.
I mean, why not?
I've spent the last 25+ years combining the wisdom of hundreds of years of the study of global philosophies, human effectiveness, modern findings of behavioural science, recent breakthroughs in the understanding of brain physiology and even the results of quantum mechanics into practical, continuous development frameworks for getting things done.
Systems based on practical algorithms of thought and of operation. Algorithms that are easy enough for most people to do just as they are, without having to change any aspect of their life. 'Reasonable Algorithms for Reasonable People.'
In my experience, the most effective continuous development frameworks are those which have duration, cadence and autonomy:
Autonomy - The framework is customisable, adaptable for every participant.
Cadence - The framework has a natural rhythm to it, a cyclic frequency.
Duration - The framework is designed for longitudinal impact and long term growth.
And this framework that I have put together appears to be very robust in its ability to get results, mostly because it requires a very small amount of willpower to make it work. People can stick to it quite effectively.
You still need to do the work. But the willpower you need to get the results is almost certainly the lowest you've ever used for achieving anything in your life, ever.
Please feel free to connect with me however best suits you. I'm always open to exploring ideas either virtually or in person.
All the best
Bill Aronson is a memory coach who supports thought leaders simplify. He has helped hundreds of people of all ages to improve their memory. Recently, in front of an invited audience, Bill recalled a string of 240 binary numbers in under 240 seconds and in 2015 recalled Pi to 304 decimal places. He does this mental acrobatics to demonstrate that anyone can increase their memory.
Bill says, “If I can do it, so can you. I have an ordinary memory, but an extraordinary process that I want to share with you.” Bill is known as a thought leader gently challenging and always on the cutting edge. Everything that he does has the context of creating transformation. He is a member of MENSA, has an IQ of 178, a disability that he has finally come to accept.
Bill has practiced mindfulness for over forty years. He has been poisoned, almost blown up in Northern Ireland, India (twice), and Israel and is pleasantly surprised that he is still alive. Most mornings he awakens with the thought "what can possibly go right?"
Bill is a former director of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Australia), which he helped turn around from an embarrassing $800K loss to break-even in eighteen months. He has also served on the board of the International Coach Federation of Australasia, is an ICF certified coach and an active member of Rotary whose motto is service above self.
Bill divides his time between Hobart, Tasmania, and London, UK. To date, he has written nine books on business transformation including Turning up for Life (Lulu 2011) and The Lost Art of How to Find Things (2016).