"Soup of the Day"...just got serious!
Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement: Attainment of an ultimate outcome, level of success, or mastery. A process on the other hand is the organization and execution of different strategies, actions, and habits in order to attain said goal.
If I remove the goal but still have the process in place, what are my odds of being successful? Assuming the process is appropriate (well thought out, adhered to with effort, and effectively supported) I’d say the odds are excellent.
If I keep the goal but remove the process?
Now I might be in trouble.
I’m not saying trash the goal. Goals ARE really important. A person with an awesome goal has hope. And hopeful people are amazingly resourceful and powerful. But the goal is only step one. And sometimes it helps to put it aside for a bit. While you focus on the process.
Here are a few thoughts about processes:
- They keep you present focused. I’m not going to bother elaborating on that one. There are just so many benefits to being in the present.
- Processes are golden. Every athlete at the Olympics hopes to win a gold medal. And they are all so remarkably talented, hard working, and prepared. The ones who win medals have typically implemented enough careful tweaks in their training regimes to ensure constant, adjustments, and improvements. Of course, all great athletes tweak and adjust. But often Olympic medalists do this better than most.
- Goals are fleeting. The activities and strategies you use during the process can stay with you for a lifetime. Think about running a marathon. I use that one because my ultimate goal is to run one during my 50th year. That’s just around the corner, and I’m starting to think it’s not going to be possible. But because I can put my goal on a shelf, and have become more invested in the challenges and benefits inherent in the process, I still run regularly. And that keeps me fit, strong, and happy.
- Processes are typically about changing and creating new habits. If all we focus on is the ultimate goal, the changes we think we need to make may be unrealistic and unsustainable. Whether we like it or not we’re hardwired to choose the path of least resistance and gravitate towards habits that feel (and taste!) good. If we try to change too much too soon, we might set ourselves up for failure. Focusing on the process permits smaller, sustainable changes. So that over weeks and months we become healthier, stronger, more resilient, calmer, more focused, more confident. And in a much better position to gain ground on that ultimate goal.
Last thought: Crazy things happen that can completely disrupt life as you know it. (Right?!!). When you’re more committed to the process and less to the outcome, it is easier to pivot. To be flexible, creative, take a deep breath and carry on. So, what if the progress and improvements are taking a different path? So, what if the ultimate goal has to change? You’re still you, doing awesome things, making yourself and the world a little bit better. One moment at a time.
Inspiration of the Day
“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.” - James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
Classes of the Day
It’s Friday! And that means we’re back with another double dose of classes for you to enjoy.
MuscleFIT with Kim
This morning, get started with a full body workout that focuses on maintaining and strengthening all your major muscle groups. It will challenge your endurance, power, and strength for overall performance of functional movement.
Recommended equipment: water bottles or medium-sized weights and a small towel
Join Kim at 8:30am (for 35 minutes) from the comfort of your living room.
Click here to join the class.
Meeting ID: 897 6448 2779
Hatha Yoga with Shara
Your lunchtime plans just got a whole lot better! Join today’s Hatha Yoga class where you’ll learn the foundations of a good yoga practice. Postures are taught with attention to detail and proper body alignment.
Join Shara at 12:00pm (for 30 minutes) from your living room.
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Meeting ID: 849 1615 0571
For more information about our virtual classes, please reach out to Lauren.
Trainer Moves of the Day
Paul Hudson, GM and Personal Trainer at the Cambridge Club has put together another wicked full body workout for you to crush. Each of the three sections is designed as a circuit. So, move through A1, A2, A3, A4, rest 60 seconds, then run through the 4 exercises again. Then move onto circuit B. Paul has Rx’d 4 sets of everything. Modify as time and energy permits. And if you’re really tight for time today, rock 2-3 sets of circuit A after your first morning meeting. Hit circuit B before your coffee break. And fly through circuit C before lunch.
A1) Reverse Lunge 4 x 10 (Each Leg)
A2) Banded Side Lateral Step 4 x 15 (Each Direction)
A3) Shoulder Taps 4 x 20 (10 Each Side)
A4) World’s Greatest Stretch 4 x 6 (3 Per Side)
Rest: 60 Seconds
B1) KB Swing 4 x 15
B2) Mountain Climber 4 x 30
B3) Prone Swimmer from Floor 4 x 15
B4) Prone Bear Position Hold 4 x 30 Seconds
Rest: 60 Seconds
C1) Burpee Up Down 4 x 6
C2) Lateral Plyometric Skater Lunge 4 x 10 (10 Each Leg)
C3) Standing KB March 4 x 30 Seconds
No Rest Until Series is completed
For any questions about today's workout, you can connect with Paul directly here.
Naturopathic Wisdom of the Day
Moira Kwok, our Naturopathic Doctor at the Adelaide Health Clinic, is concerned you might not be getting enough sleep!
With everything going on lately, have you noticed that you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Are you also noticing that you’re feeling less and less refreshed the next morning?
The first thing to do is to ensure that you have a good sleep routine. Good sleep hygiene is also important by making your bedroom a nice a relaxing environment that's dark and quiet. Minimizing your screen time before bed is key to help promote sleepiness. Blue light interferes with our ability to produce melatonin, which reduces the quality and quantity of sleep that we get. There are also many other things that an ND can look into to help you get a better night’s sleep.
If you have any questions about this or other naturopathic remedies, you can connect directly with Moira here.
Do you have a "Something of the Day" you'd like us to share?! Email Meg.