Archives - July, 2014



26 Jul 14

By Randy Pierce

I had gone totally blind and a sudden new challenge–damage to my cerebellum from possible mitochondrial disease–had forced me into a wheelchair for a year already, when my beloved Dog Guide, Ostend, unexpectedly collapsed and died from an undetected cancerous tumor on his heart. It would have been oh so easy to accept that present reality and mire myself in the muck of misery. In many ways, it was tempting. I’m fairly certain if I had done so, I would still be in that wheelchair or worse. So many of the rewarding experiences I have in my life, so much of the good I believe I accomplish often, might have been forever lost.

Tracy Pierce looking fierce in her triathalon goals and always inspiring her husband Randy!

Tracy Pierce looking fierce in her triathalon goals and always inspiring her husband Randy!

Instead, I chose to believe that more might be possible and began exploring how I might make it so. I called every and any doctor willing to discuss my worsening condition who were the best experts in the various challenges I was facing, and I wrote or visited with many. I found experimental procedures and vetted them with friends to build a priority approach. I pleaded with friends for ride schedules to make it all work. There’s a long list of attempts which fortunately led to some incredible successes as well as the setbacks. Success is not a guarantee, but without trying, failure was effectively assured. That’s true well beyond my personal experience there. It’s true for any of us willing to conceive of a goal and reach for it.

Now I’m striving to achieve  so many goals physically and beyond. I want to set myself up for success in all the ways possible and I’m willing to explore any and all reasonable avenues. A great friend and running coach is certainly helping the marathon goals, a great board and staff is helping 2020 Vision Quest, and my own willingness to explore other avenues has helped set me ahead in seeking other goals. Each of us can and, I think, should always consider what we can do to start making those positive steps of healthy choices in our diet, exercise, social interactions, work, and virtually every avenue of our life. We own the choices that will continue to impact our lives and it’s oh so easy to slip into status quo. Be open and curious, and I think the possibilities ahead for you are nearly limitless.

 All that said, I recently began trying ASEA at the encouragement of a friend. It particularly captured their attention due to the mitochondrial implications which are believed to be at root of my physical challenge and which is a target support of ASEA. I suggest any of you curious take a moment to visit the website, watch one or several of the videos, and feel free to ask me any questions about what is involved.

I’m not an expert but I did read enough to feel comfortable in the choice and I have absolutely noticed improvements in my physical recovery and overall health since this began. Each week I track a simple questionnaire, and despite often intense work such as the Double Century and my marathon training, I’m simply feeling better and better. That’s my personal experience that I can share and you can choose whether there’s a potential benefit for you worth the exploration.

Bonus Announcement:

On July 28 I expect to receive 50 Advance copies of “Pet Tales” – A collection of short stories in which Quinn’s story is prominently featured. We will be making them available as much as possible through any of our live appearances. Eventually you will have the means to order your own directly but we are happy to share and celebrate this release even earlier for those with whom we can meet in person. The success of this release will have considerable influence in our approach to a full book of our own. We are excited and think you will be as well when you get to read this wonderful story!

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19 Jul 14

By Randy Pierce

Interesting that I’m writing about procrastination as I submit this blog post rather late to my ever cheerful content manager who might not edit out that apologetic flattery!

Have you ever had so much to do that the maelstrom of responsibility creates a paralysis of sorts preventing any progress? I find this particularly true for my creative outlets such as blog writing. This is the infamous writer’s block for which therapy is often simply sitting and making yourself write. Effectively that’s what I’m going to say in the entirety of this post, so cliff note readers please enjoy the free time I am now providing!

I like to consider myself generally strong at building task lists and diving into them immediately. I love to finish projects ahead of schedule and have the bonus time after the completion without the stress or worry of a deadline still hanging over my head.

Thus, it’s when there is sufficient work that I don’t reasonably see the free time at the end that I have my most challenging battles with procrastination. However, I remind myself of the humor of letting procrastination begin with the very concept of procrastination–and I simply put a time schedule and project onto the list and begin work.

My final tactic is to motivate myself with a short allotment of break time for immediately after the completion of any particular project or section. I then have something to which I can use as a tempting reward for just a bit more work. It’s a shorter time as there’s so much more to do, but I find that giving myself this time increases my energy for the next task as well as the final stages of the current. While it tends to work best on things with lower creativity as mentioned, this very blog demonstrates that it still allows us a more personal look into my approaches and real struggles as well.

Thanks for this more playful weekly blog post and I’ll hopefully have a little more dramatic a post next round!

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