While at the Flat Bread 2nd Anniversary celebration last night, I ran into someone I first met at Baldwin beach, Bill. At my first encounter with Bill we discussed paddling and body movement. Bill is a PGA Tour Pro and coaches golf and the essence of the swing. At our first meeting he taught me about “mannerisms” in bio-mechanics and how when working in a team sport (like outrigger paddling) it is important to breakdown what physical behaviors or mannerisms can be utilized by the group, and which should be neutralized. dancer with sword

As I stood in the line for the buffet with my 2 year old daughter, Bill immediately got Mya’s attention. She usually gives the cold shoulder to people she doesn’t recognize, but not to Bill. Within a few seconds Bill had her doing the “squid”, the “miss” and other high five variations, he then looked at me and said, “That is how I teach.”

He went on to discuss mental process, and how we all can live stress reduced lives if we define our process and move our thoughts from the learning sector of our brain to our routine sector. He recently returned from a visit with a student who, when he first began instruction, Bill said, “My goal is for you to become my teacher.” Bill’s student did not disappoint, as he went on to become a physics professor at Yale. During his visit they studied results of brain tests showing the increase in labor when our brains are engaged in the learning sector, and how it can exhaust not only the brain but the body.

I was reminded of how I feel after learning a new platform or skill set, or taking on a new porject. It can be exhausting. This is where Process comes in to the picture, for without it, we will always be functioning at this high expense, constantly trying to “learn” instead of “define”.

Later we watched belly dancers as part of the dinner entertainment. As they began balancing swords on their heads, Bill commented, “Do you notice how their movements changed when trying to balance something on their head, are they even conscious of the change?” Having to balance the sword most likely had a side affect of going into routine, no longer concerned with the crowd or new surroundings, the dancers brain went into the routine mode where it was most comfortable with sharp objects near by, meanwhile their dancing skills seemed to improve with subtle, fluid and eloquent movement.

What an observant human being, mahalo Bill for sharing your wisdom. Not only am I glad I have invested my time into improving my process, but I will continue to find new ways to define routine.

Naim Ferguson
Liquid Media Design & Marketing
Maui, Hawaii