“We learn by pushing ourselves and finding out what lies at the outer reaches of our abilities.”
—Josh Waitzkin, American chess prodigy and author
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Did you know that only about one in five people meet the total recommended amount of exercise?
Of particular relevance is renewed interest in strength and resistance training. The stretching and stresses on our muscles cause micro-tears in the tissue, which then actually heals and grows even stronger.
This growth and increase in muscle mass has the added benefit of increasing your metabolism by up to 15%. That helps with weight loss, or at least a reduction in body fat.
In what areas of interest would a few more cerebral push-ups help you stretch and grow beyond your current perceived abilities?
“The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond and must be polished or the luster of it will never appear.”
—Daniel DaFoe, 17th Century British author of Robinson Crusoe
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Do you exercise on a regular basis? If so, you are probably very familiar with push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, and other activities that help maintain and develop greater fitness and vitality.
Consider the concept of a “soul-up,” in which you engage in daily mental, emotional, and spiritual activities. To do so would bring out even more of your inner brilliance, letting it shine throughout your personal and professional communities.
Imagine entering a “soul-lustering” boot camp over the next 12 weeks. What drills, exercises, and other activities would your inner drill sergeant take you through to be more soulful, healthy and fit, fully ready to take on each and every new day?
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
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Research has shown that angry outbursts have a damaging effect on the heart, and increases the risk of a heart attack twofold.
This seems to be the case with expressed as well as repressed anger, when we try to hold it in.
Other harmful aspects of anger include the risk of stroke, and a weakening of the immune system, diminishing the body’s ability to protect itself and heal.
Consider any or all of the following strategies to reduce or perhaps even prevent anger’s harmful effects.
- Breathing Exercises
- Muscle Tensing Exercises
- Doing #1 and #2 Together!
- Exercise and Physical Activity
- Time in quiet, natural surroundings
“The only way some of us exercise our minds is by jumping to conclusions.”
—Cullen Hightower, 20th Century American writer
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With our never-ending race to get it all done today, we have all run into a problem. Despite our brain’s magnificent power to process vast amounts of information, we are beginning to hit a barrier to open and novel thinking.
We have learned a trick in which our established mental models create shortcuts to our processing power. We skip the often useful objective and reflective capacities needed in many situations.
Where have you recently jumped to an incorrect conclusion? Where and with whom might a slower, more thoughtful and open-minded approach prove most useful, in your professional or personal life?
“A good goal is like a strenuous exercise. It makes you stretch.”
– Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
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Just as a personal trainer helps stretch their clients physically to support their fitness goals, coaches stretch people beyond their comfort zones to achieve their professional and personal desires.
In both cases, the stretching beyond our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual limits provides a catalytic stimulus to support new growth and the development of capacities previously not available.
Where do you want or need to stretch beyond your current abilities to pursue and achieve even more than you previously thought possible?