Friday, January 6, 2012
I wanted to share a few things that I've read/discussed lately.
I was chatting with a group class client last night and it came up in discussion that when he went to the gym last week, it was packed. He started laughing and said, "I see this every year. Next month the gym will be empty." It's no surprise that the majority of people DO NOT stick to their "resolutions." Most do not have goals other than to lose weight. I'd argue that almost none have a PATH AND A PLAN set out to achieve their goals. And no, going to the gym 5x a week is not a plan, it's an activity.
Ask yourself...do you have a support system in place to achieve your goals? Do you have the knowledge surrounding that goal and a structured plan?
I was listening to a video with Bernie Novakowsky yesterday and he said "all human beings are either moving forward or away from something at all times." It's similar to nature and the four seasons. The earth is continually moving through and toward the next season. Human beings have the same inert nature. Many of us are continually moving away from activities, away from experiences, away from opportunities to make us better.
Another piece to think about.....are you honestly moving towards something of a higher order or are you running away?
Lastly, I'm reading a book by Dalai Lama, "The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World."
I found it interesting that the first problem they mentioned in this book that causes unhappiness is that "individuals are lacking a belonging to a community in which they share similar thoughts and beliefs with other people." This struck home with me on a few levels. We've all been there before...we have a goal, an activity, or an interest that we really enjoy, and you find yourself surrounded with those who do not believe in or support that goal. Now imagine yourself surrounded with other individuals who believe in that same goal and are encouraging you to achieve it. How do you think that would affect your results and outlook on life. Pretty cool thought, huh?
On a daily basis I am surrounded with others who enjoy health and fitness, who enjoy higher order thinking, who enjoy supporting each other and enjoy self improvement. It's addictive and enjoyable to be a part of this community.
Ask yourself....what kind of interest and goals do you have and is your "community" helping you achieve them?