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Experiencing Intelligent Breakthroughs In Your Sports Performance & Life #3


“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.”
– Anonymous


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All About Life #3


“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.”
– Anonymous


For programs and services, contact Raj Gavurla at 864.569.2315, raj@rajgavurla.com.

Experiencing Intelligent Breakthroughs – Good Health: It’s Systemic!

“Make lives better experiencing intelligent breakthroughs in performance and life high value money. 

Intelligent business as a calling” – Raj Gavurla

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This perspective will either challenge, motivate, inspire, or encourage you to live a greater destiny or make you mad for the greater good.  When I look at the end in mind first, what people need and want is to live a healthy life that catalyzes their independence to live their greatest dreams – freedom.  This means not experiencing medical hardship inhibiting them from doing so and if they pass away they want to do so peacefully.  However, on a larger scale this isn’t happening although people are living longer and we hope individualized medicine will have us living forever.  There will be advancements in medicine.  Age has nothing to do with it as I know, see, and read about people passing away at different ages. I wish it didn’t happen.

What can we do now to create a better future?  There is amazing education and amazing medical treatments yet the silos we live in including our laws (suppose to make it better not harder) are keeping us from living a robust life.  There needs to be a holistic community coordinated effort between the individual, family, employers, providers, insurers, faith and/or belief system.  Only the people who need to know know about the person’s challenge and show dignity for the person (grace).    In the process, you are making lives better to earn performance and life breakthroughs to earn better money.  That’s better business.  Think, feel,  research better outcomes, see, and hear the better outcomes. Business as a calling (bring life).

What could this look like?  There needs to be a protocol for each health challenge similar to the concussion protocol in the NBA.  As an employer, your employees are of greatest value to you and as you and they catalyze their learning, development, and growth they catalyze your business to serve your clients for greater economic mobility for clients, employees, families, friends, community, and society to rejoice and share the essence of living.  Lots of fun living a greater destiny. Amazing!

However, our current system doesn’t show the flow of the individual through the services to see the better patient outcomes.  This is non-sense.  Yes, many people receive treatment and they are well and this is a better patient outcome living a robust life.  However, an increasing number are shuttled through a maze of providers and since they aren’t educated on health they do as told until the results aren’t there or there is a systemic challenge to follow the treatment plan including devastating side effects.  There are too many people suffering and struggling in this jungle and it can all be avoided by coordinating (implementing the adaptability link) between each of the silos.

There are so many treatments to choose from and the doctors need to learn what they are even if it means the patient will be treated elsewhere.  They might or might not receive a referral fee.  The point is enabling better patient outcomes.  By implementing this approach twenty years of surviving, struggling, and/or suffering are eschewed to one year or less.  Look at all the wasted time, money, and talent not working a job of their choice congruent with their skill set to contribute to society.

What are the initiatives before we get to individualized medicine for better patient outcomes which obviously the doctors (love seeing their patients succeed)  also need and want?

1.  Implement the adaptability link (interconnect) between the current silos and learn and apply practical mental performance and life breakthroughs skills.

2.  Doctors learn and apply the importance of interaction and communication skills to help a person who is sick so there aren’t medical errors.  Realize patients are sick, scared, and/or frightened and their loved ones are caregivers, scared, and/or frightened and most likely praying.

3.  Educate the patient and/or loved ones about conditions there currently isn’t a cure for.

4.  Learn the benefits of daily nutrition (for starters eat a lot of vegetables and fruits that make you feel good with each meal, and drink eight glasses of water).

5.  Learn to listen to your body to exercise in a serious and fun way without causing injury to make your life better to earn performance and life breakthroughs daily.  Use a lot of win forward fun variety.

6.  You are a person and therefore you are an expert on your body.  In high schools an anatomy course to educate students so they can have better conversations with their providers will make it better, it might interest them in a medical career, or in a career where a client of theirs is in the medical field.

My health insurance covered the removal of a bone spur.  It covered the many times I had ailments with a known cure very well.  However, at times I wasn’t making health performance breakthroughs and shuttled myself from provider to provider because that’s what insurance covered.  Then, I researched better outcomes and the ankle sprain doctors and physical therapy treated was cured with acupuncture and an extremities chiropractor.  My chronic pain was cured by a recommendation from a doctor to read and practically apply the exercises in the book, Pain Free, by Pete Egoscue.  For non-disclosed health needs, I researched other private pay services.  Why my doctors and insurance company didn’t send me to these resources and services when I wasn’t achieving health performance breakthroughs is non-sense?  Do what it takes for better patient outcomes.

Hobbies and competitive hobbies are important to your employees and people.  I have absolute love and passion for  better basketball.  The people around me didn’t make it easier.  They said “aren’t you too old for that?”,  “people your age don’t do that”, “you’ll get hurt”, “you’ll break your legs”, and so much more non-sense.  To prepare and learn, I see a private pay exercise functional physiologist trainer twice a week at the start, now every two weeks, and learned the stretches and how to strengthen my body and most importantly my mental performance and life breakthroughs skills (my expertise).   I’m playing better basketball with people older and half my age.  Age has nothing to do with it.

I played basketball in the driveways, playgrounds, and gymnasiums of Greenville, SC.  I’ve been called “Air Jordan” on the courts of Southeast D.C. not because of dunking, been called Kobe in Greenville, SC at the YMCA, and been called by a NBA player who said, “I saw Jerry West.”  Obviously, high praise and I am really flattered, honored, and prideful of the words.  My basketball hero is Isiah Lord Thomas.  To forward the NBA, any player needs to “play better basketball” showing they are unique and different.  The foundation (fundamentals) of basketball are present.  It’s your uniqueness and you are different (combined: the person) is the reason you are paid millions.  It always amazes me how basketball players look similar but they defend, ball-handling, pass, shoot, rebound, run, and forward the NBA in a unique and different way.

With the process of solving the systemic silos you are making lives better to earn performance and life breakthroughs to earn better money.  That’s better incentive and better business.  Think.  Look at all the wasted time, money, and talent not working a job of their choice because there are not better patient outcomes because of the systemic silos that exist between the individual, family, employers, providers, insurers, faith and/or belief system not being congruent with the skill set of the patient to contribute to society.  Stop the silos!  Live a greater destiny!  You’re on team (together everyone achieves more) humanity.  Do it for humanity!

If I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started. And when I started I was desperately

wishing to be where I am now.” – Unknown

For programs and services, contact Raj Gavurla at 864.569.2315, raj@rajgavurla.com.

You Don’t Need To Live A Double Life In Your Workplace

“You Don’t Need To Live A Double Life In Your Workplace.” – Raj Gavurla

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Do you come to your job or the playing field leading a double life?  You don’t need to.  How is this possible?  I’m there to work (complete tasks, etc.).  That’s what they pay me to do.  Years ago there was a job I inquired about with someone who worked for the company.  He proceeded to tell me “you have to set up equipment”.  I waited to see if he had more to say.  He didn’t.  I wasn’t interested in the job. Why?  Because work is more to me than completing tasks (it’s part of the job) and receiving benefits.   I understand you have family and friends outside of work you have fun, rewarding, and enjoyable camaraderie with.  How about having fun, rewarding, and enjoyable camaraderie with your colleagues or teammates?

Camaraderie is one of the keys that keeps employees performing, retains, and recruits. It also plays a major role in wellness (well-being), motivation, inspiration, engagement, a positive attitude, leadership, and execution.

What’s a solution to nurture camaraderie in the workplace?  By using a small group personal team matters approach. Do you have thousands, hundreds, less than fifty, ten to twenty, five or fewer employees or teammates?  The larger the business, organization, or team the harder it is to have camaraderie with everyone.  Regardless of size test the following:

Break up into “small personal teams”.  A “small personal team” is a group that discusses (has dialogue) about personal matters not directly related to your job.  For example, your family, what you’re doing this weekend, what you did this past weekend, your health, nutrition, fitness, your parents, kids aspirations, your non-work challenges, crisis, someone passing, accident, hobbies, movie, best place to get something, book you’re reading, mountains, sports, festivals, etc. Apply the learning.

A Customized Structure Might Look Like:

1.  Ask people to participate sharing why.  Do not require them to participate.

2.  For those who join a personal matters team, make what’s discussed confidential. That doesn’t mean you can’t share your situation with someone outside of your group.  Use your discretion.

3.  Meet once a week for 45 minutes to an hour in a quiet place (conference room, courtyard, etc.)

4.  Talk about and share personal matters important to each group member

5.   Close the meeting

Use Metrics and Collect Data On The Outcomes:

Are employees mentally performing better?

Is employee retention increasing?

Is it easier to recruit?

What effect does it have on wellness (well-being), motivation, and inspiration?

What effect does it have on engagement, a positive attitude, leadership, and execution?

Small Personal Matters Team Examples:

Look at an amazing family

Look at a business team.  One of the things employees, athletes, investors, donors, and philanthropists look at is the teamwork exhibited.

Look at our military.  They have tremendous camaraderie protecting each other, to survive, and protect us.  They know each other and have nicknames for each other making it easier to accomplish their mission.

Look at a sports team and you hear athletes talk about the camaraderie or if retired the camaraderie is what they miss.

I remember from reading Oscar Robertson’s biography he worked with people of a different skin color and they never had time for camaraderie.  Just do the work because in those times that’s how it was.  People didn’t know each other at work and never met outside of work with people of a different skin color.  He said, “that hurt”.  I’m sure some people of the other skin color had the same thought and feeling, “that hurt”.  Thankfully, we the people have made tremendous cultural and societal progress.

Another example, I went to college to graduate/get an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.  That was the main goal.  It’s the camaraderie with a few friends I remember and miss most.  Although we don’t talk often or see each other as often I know, feel, sense, and believe we are connected forever.

My final example are my friends from Leadership Greenville.  I shared with a small personal matters group my mom had a stroke.  One told me his dad passed away from a stroke and another told me they had a family member who had a stroke and it’s a slow process.  People get better. Until the emergency personnel told me your mom had a stroke, I’ve heard of the word stroke but knew nothing about it.  Learning about a stroke and talking with my small personal matters team gave me lived experience insights I couldn’t get from a textbook that helped me to mentally perform to be a caregiver for my mom to make her well.  She is talking better and she needs and wants to walk better and drive a car.

Implementing small personal matters teams in your businesses, organizations, and teams might transform the narratives, conversations, and outcomes.  It should be helpful too and take pressure off and inhibit the performance anxiety your employees, team leaders, supervisors, managers, bosses, management, executives, and owners are experiencing. Yes, conventions, conferences, and special events are still needed and wanted for all your employees or sports team to participate in.

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. 

– Bruce Lee

For programs and services, contact Raj at 864.569.2315, raj@rajgavurla.com