Revolution: A pivotal point in time when significant change occurs.
This is the time of year when we set New Year’s resolutions. Some of them sound familiar – they are similar or even the same as previous ones. When we go to the gym this month we will need to allow some extra time, won’t we? There will be people there who were not there last month. Don’t worry, some of them won’t be there next month either!
Why do some resolutions fade away and are forgotten while others become aspects of our lives that could be described as revolutionary? It is what I call, “The Power of Three.”
The Power of Three
If you have attended one of my presentations recently you probably know
about this concept. In its various iterations it facilitates decision-making, helps in sales, leadership, management and customer servicing. It works for parenting – even with teenagers! It builds on a natural function of the human brain, which we do not have space to discuss here. Each of the three factors – Spiritual, Mental and Physical – has an impact on the other two – probably more impact than we may think.
To illustrate how this works with New Year’s resolutions, let’s look at one of the common ones: getting back in shape.
From this Venn diagram, we see there are three active aspects of our minds that are engaged when considering resolutions (or sales, or leadership, etc.)
There are three; not one: Physical, Mental and Spiritual.
We tend to think that losing weight, working out or any other similar goal is a physical goal and that is why it does not become revolutionary. Ignoring the mental and spiritual aspects of adjusting our physical activities usually leads to short-term results.
If you set a resolution this year to lose weight, like almost all of your other resolution-setting friends!, here is another way to consider making it happen.
SPIRITUAL: how you think about yourself.
There are millions of messages lodged in our subconscious minds. Can you remember people saying things like, “You’ll never amount to anything,” “You’re just not like other people” or “You’re fat”? These messages surface when we find ourselves struggling with achieving our goals. They are false messagesbut our subconscious minds do not distinguish between fact and fantasy.
MENTAL: what you know how to do.
You have heard that “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” and a lack of knowledge can be fatal. So, what else do you need to learn? Don’t worry about chasing down the latest fad diet or exercise routine. Common sense will take you further than you might think. Consider keeping a journal of what you learned and what impact it had. After all, there is a lot of information on this topic on the internet.
PHYSICAL: what you will actually be doing to make your resolution a revolution.
Too many weight loss goals are this one: “I will go to the gym and work out on the equipment.” There are a couple of verbs there but no real plan. Begin with the basics. You will make this happen. Use gym equipment, home equipment (which you can buy at a discount from people who bought them following a recent New Year’s resolution of their own!) or no equipment at all. Push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, leg squats, etc. will do the trick. Better, check out “Burpees” online – no equipment required.
When the POWs returned from years of captivity in Hanoi, they were in remarkably good shape, especially considering the treatment they had received. Their secret was the “Daily Dozen” exercises they learned in basic training and kept using.
- Do not allow anyone else’s perception of you determine who you will be.
- Learn what you think you need to know; not what others tell you might be working for them.
- Just do it. Begin by writing out your resolutions or goals using this format:
- Write these in your own handwriting – it makes a greater impact on your subconscious mind
- Begin with “I will ______________________ “
- Finish with ” by (DATE)”.
Our goals happen sooner and better when we complete this process.
“The only difference in you and the person who is doing what you would like to do is just that: they are doing it.” – Chuckism #34
“There are no extraordinary people; there are only ordinary people doing things that others perceive to be extraordinary.” – Chuckism #35