Create Energy In Transition
Change is always happening, and although inevitable, big changes – including seasonal shifts – can be challenging to brains that crave predictability and stability. We so often look at transitions as a frustrating time of uncertainty … but there is space and rest and adjustment readily available between HERE and THERE.
1. Use Your Time With Intention.
Shifts in time and schedule can create paralysis. If you’re looking to create more energy and create the OPPORTUNITY in transition, I think Bruce Lee says it best,
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
Choose to eliminate things from your day that take away from forward progress toward your wellness goals.
2. Identify The Essential
Start with creating clarity – being all things to all people or doing everything available makes it hard to see the path through. You can make a priority map for the highest payoff actions by answering three questions for yourself:
How do you define who you are? How do you define who you WANT to be?
This is your chance to live in your authentic self and body AND create a future self and body! Then stick with activities that help you be more…you! You can make a personalized map of these activities to help you prioritize the ones that give you the highest payoff when you feel stuck.
Where are you going? What does it look like in crystal clear detail?
Close your eyes for a moment and look ahead. In crystal clear detail, what does the future look like if you had a magic wand and could be right where you wanted to land as the person you wanted to be?
If you don’t know WHERE you’re going, your brain will default to what it knows, often resulting in overwhelm and/or sticking with habits and patterns will pull you off course.
What is in your circle of influence and control?
Identifying realistic tasks and facts that are INSIDE your circle of influence and control can focus and energize your journey. Acknowledge your starting point, separate what you can and can’t control (e.g. you can’t control the weather. Seems obvious… but how many times can you recall letting the weather define your day?) and choose to act on the things you can change.
3. Make and Follow the Map
Whether you’re a list person, journal fanatic or finger painter : Put your responses to these three questions together in one place and start to create a clear map of where you are going / what to spend your time and energy on!
You may find it helpful to go through a couple rounds of elimination and re-answering the questions as you act on the map, gaining a little more clarity around what is essential and freeing up a little
more brain power to move forward!
We are so excited to see the energy that fall brings to Madison. If you’re finding that you’re having back pain, fatigue and frustration with the weather’s effects on your fitness efforts, take a second to check in … do you want winter to be its usual scourge? Or do you want to take this fall to prep for your best winter yet!? We’ve got personal training, semi-private sessions and a drop in class every week to meet you where you are.
We’re on the Capitol Square. We’re super excited to hear about your transitions and can’t wait to offer you tons of little ways to take back transition for the good this year!! Call us at (608) 301-5506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to talk to someone today if you have any questions or need some ideas!!
Cari Sims (RYT 500, CPT, Z Health) is a Private Coach and Personal Trainer at Forest Coaching and Studios. She specializes in movement restoration, strength training through a lens of awareness and empowerment.