The Mercedes spit and sputtered as I pulled it into the stall. I lifted the hood and put it on the scope. The engine was misfiring and a large spike showed on the oscilloscope screen. I shut it down and started the tune up. I removed and replaced the spark plugs, changed the air and fuel filters, and changed the oil and checked the air pressure in the tires.
Once I had replaced the parts and fluids I started the car back up and started the tuning process. I adjusted the engine timing, set the fuel mixture, and adjusted for a smooth idle. I then checked the engine on the dyno as I increased the engine speed. With a few more adjustments the car was running as smooth as a kitten. The dyno readout showed increased horsepower and better fuel efficiency.
What came in as a sputtering and polluting mess left the shop that day as a smooth, powerful and efficient machine just as the maker had designed it. Years ago, when I was a Mercedes and Volvo Technician, this was a daily occurrence. I always loved tuning cars as I could make so much difference with just a few parts and and a few fine adjustments.
We can use the same tuning process with our lives and see some amazing results. Over the next few weeks we’ll explore some ways we can tune our lives to feel better, have more energy, and become much more efficient. Consider some of the following life tuning scenarios.
Nutrition Tune Up: We’ll talk about some handy customizable foods that will allow you to fine tune your fiber, carbohydrate, and protein intake throughout the day. Using custom Muffins and Shakes we’ll be able to find the best nutritional mix to keep you feeling your best all day.
Caffeine Tuning: Caffeine can perk you up, help you be more creative, and perk up your attitude. But if you get too much you can lose focus, become jittery and inattentive. We’ll look at ways to tune your intake to help you get the benefits without the side effects. We’ll also look at alternatives to coffee and also discuss ways to get off caffeine altogether.
Change Your Fluids: Instead of high calorie sodas, lattes, or chemical laden diet drinks, we’ll look at some easy to create low calorie drinks that taste great, provide variety and are good for you. With these beverages you’ll find it much easier to get those recommended 8-10 glasses of water per day.
Adjust Your Timing: Add some easy to implement time management solutions to your life and see increased productivity and efficiency. Handy downloadable tools will make these changes a snap.
Navigational GPS For Your Life: Just like a GPS in your car, we’ll come up with some simple daily directions to help you get to your life destination step-by-step. Easy to use Goal setting techniques will have you on track in no time.
Stay with us over the next few weeks as we start our life tune up.
First up… Nutritional Tuning…