“When the only tool you have is a hammer,
Every problem looks like a nail.”

I think it was Abraham Maslow or Abraham Kaplan who said this.

I could be wrong.

But who said what isn’t important.

It’s the concept that counts.

Imagine you saw someone using a hammer to try and put a screw into a piece of wood.

Whilst you might laugh at someone if you saw them trying to do this, it’s amazing how common it happens in real life.

Let’s take me for example, cos I don’t want to embarrass anyone else.

I used to think that every problem and ill you could possibly had could be fixed by Qigong.

I know, I know.

It seems silly now.

But in my defence, this is a very common philosophy amongst Qigong teachers.





Lacking strength?


And so on.

I was reminded of this faulty thinking yesterday whilst sat outside my physiotherapists office.

My right shoulder is pretty busted up.

Years of carrying Ollie, throwing balls for Louis and ignoring the pain have finally taken their toll.

And whilst I’m confident that my Qigong practice will help me to keep my full range of motion in my shoulder joint, I’m smart enough to know it’s not going to fix the problem.

Hence the physio appointment yesterday.

Rachael was very good.

And I left with 3 exercises to:

“Stretch what’s tight and strengthen what’s weak.”

I’m well impressed, 1 day in and already my shoulder feels a little better.

That’s the power of using the right tool for the job.

Listen up, because I’m making a very serious point here and I need you to take it to your heart.

Because I regularly get emails and questions from clients asking me how Qigong can help them to solve a particular problem and they don’t realise that the answer isn’t Qigong.

Sure, Qigong is freaking amazing.

Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater now.

But don’t think of it as a ‘golden hammer’.

Think of it as a Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman Multi-tool.

Pretty damn handy to have around and useful for many situations you’re gonna encounter in life:

  • Stress
  • Mild to moderate depression
  • Anxiety
  • Worry
  • Fear
  • Unhealthy self-esteem

And a whole host of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual ills.

But it ain’t no magic bullet.

I hope you get this message. Because it’s my job as your Qigong coach to tell you this kinda stuff.

It ain’t good for business…

But it keeps my conscience clean and that’s far more important.

Right, time to wrap this bad-boy up, cos it’s starting to get a little lengthy.

So let me finish by saying that if you want to lose weight or feel physically stronger than you have in years, simply and safely, you need to high tail it on over to this blog post I wrote last year and discover how:

Q + Nu + Ex = Best You Ever


This post contains partial nudity, so if that kinda thing makes you feel uncomfortable don’t look okay?



Bye for now


P.S. Depending on what happens today (it’s early yet) I plan to look at the importance of failing tomorrow.

So stay tuned =)

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