Deep Dive Into Activity
What's Your Why?
The road to increased activity is strewn with best intentions. So many people struggle with finding the motivation to follow through on commitments they’ve made to others and to themselves. This is the downside of the exercise dilemma: the more one falls short of their goals, the less likely they are to keep trying. It can be a downward spiral of disappointment.
But the flipside is also true and perhaps more so. Every little, incremental step you take to get up and get going -- to stick with your commitments -- converts into a mounting sense of self-confidence, achievement, even joy. The rewards associated with success far outweigh the emotional dip that can accompany a setback. Why? Because succeeding takes you out of your status quo into an elevated realm where everything starts to feel fresh, vital, and more powerfully alive.
When you hear people talking about psychological “triggers,” they’re often talking about sights, sounds, words, or circumstances that trigger an ingrained behavior. Here’s one: A social drinker who’s trying to cut back on week nights sees someone enjoying a glass of red wine in a movie and, even though it’s Thursday, stops in at the bar and grill for a glass or two on the way home. Negative triggers are a bit like a sneak attack -- it’s over before you quite know what hit you. “How did I end up here?” The thing is a trigger works in the other direction, too. If you’re a jogger, surround yourself with triggers reminding you that you actually enjoy jogging. Could be a picture that captures that feeling you have of almost flying when jogging down a gentle grassy slope. Could be a photo of your favorite woodland trail. Or that pair of new running shoes you’re going to treat yourself to if you can put together a 20-day jogging streak. Whatever it is, remember that triggers trigger in both directions and using them to your advantage can be a big help in sustaining your momentum.
Activity In JOOL
Activity is a pivotal factor in JOOL. It interacts strongly with all other core factors (energy, willpower, sleep, presence, creativity, and eating) and supports the kinds of synergies that can lead to healthy increases across the board. It’s also one of the two S.P.A.C.E. factors (along with Eating) that many people have wrestled with in the past when tackling concerns about carrying around some extra weight. So, Activity is certainly familiar to us all, a potential source of past frustration for some, and a linchpin factor within JOOL. What’s exciting about this, is that improvements in any of the JOOL factors will likely favorably impact Activity and vice versa which makes it just that much easier to ignite some serious momentum in moving towards your life purpose.
To make Activity a central part of your JOOL experience, be sure to set a stretch Activity goal in Are You On Target? (opens after 5 charts), and Request additional Activity-related Daily JOOLs. And, of course, complete this course!
CHALLENGE #2: Be sure to listen to the Session 2 audiocast.
What are your goals for being physically active? Weight loss? Health benefits? Improved quality of life? Whatever your long term goals are let’s look at just this week. What’s the value for you in exercising this week? Maybe you want to reduce stress or enjoy the mental downtime exercise can provide. Write down your long term and short term exercise goals, what activities you can do to reach them and why you want to do that activity. Use this table as a guide.
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