No love handles …..

July 14, 2015 |  by  |  Humour, Linkedin Blog

Cavemen had no cars, no computers and no love handles.


In their paper Stone agers in the fast lane, researchers at Atlanta University’s School of Medicine say that our cavemen ancestors did cardiovascular interval training every day. These exercise sessions weren’t optional because our ancestors were either searching and sprinting after prey, or running away from it.

When it comes to stress, our system is designed to cope with problems that last for seconds and minutes- typically kill or be killed – and not months or years. Our DNA and brain haven’t changed very much in the last 10,000 years.

The result is that 75% of deaths in Western nations can be attributed to “diseases of civilization” which were rare in our pre-agricultural ancestors.

There’s a mismatch between our cavemen body and brain, and our modern world. Love handles can be removed with increased activity, but what about how our relatively primitive operating system – the brain – deals with stress?

How can we reduce our levels of stress and become more resilient?

Warren Buffet has a great solution. He books a meeting with himself at the end of every day, where he goes for a walk and thinks about how he has reacted or responded to issues during the day. Where Buffet finds that his thinking has caused him stress, he identifies any underlying beliefs, behaviours and habits that need to change.

This daily review process works best when you’re mind is still and you can tap into your innate intelligence, hence a walk away from all distractions is ideal.

A daily ME-eting increases awareness, disrupts sub optimal thought patterns, and clears the way for new mental patterns which support what you want to achieve.

As Buffet says, “The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken, and we then function in our dysfunction.”

….. and you wouldn’t want function in your dysfunction would you?


A couple of great put downs:

While he was speaking at a public event, a woman kept heckling the former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Wilson turned to the woman and said,

“I can only give you the facts madam. I cannot give you the brain with which to understand them”.


So after landing my new job as an Asda greeter, a good find for many retirees, I lasted less than a day. About two hours into my first day on the job a very loud, disheveled, angry woman walked into the store with her two kids, yelling obscenities at them all the way through the entrance.

I greeted her with a smile and said, “Good morning and welcome to Asda. Nice children you have there. Are they twins?”

In between swearing at her children the unkempt woman shouted back, “Of course they’re not twins you idiot. The oldest one is 9, and the other one is 7. Why the hell would you think they’re twins? Are you blind, or just stupid?”

So I replied, “I’m neither blind nor stupid, ma’am. I just couldn’t believe someone slept with you twice. Have a good day and thank you for shopping at Asda .”

My supervisor said I probably wasn’t cut out for this line of work.

Have a great week.


Sunil Bali

As well as being a recognised authority on personal branding and peak performance, Sunil is a critically acclaimed author and blogger. His corporate experience includes roles as Head of Talent on behalf of Vodafone Group, Santander (UK) and Cable & Wireless Europe. Sunil has also run a multi-million pound recruitment business, and is a Non Executive Director. Sunil’s first degree in Sports Science and Psychology fuelled his passion for the psychology of human achievement and well-being. As well as possessing an MBA, he is a qualified Psychotherapist and Executive Coach.

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