What works? What doesn’t work?

05 Dec What works? What doesn’t work?

     What works? What doesn’t work?  Like Shakespeare, ‘Those are the questions’.

Currently in conjunction with my online teaching I’m mentoring two teacher candidates. (Love their enthusiasm and excitement for teaching. An inspiration.) As part of their work I’ve shared a strategy that was given to me by a former running coach.: What works? What doesn’t work? And that’s all it took to remind me:

  • a small amount of critical thinking 💭goes a long way
  • sparks a beginning whose magic 🌟
  • enables consistency 🔑
  • resulting in motivation that accompanies progress 💫

What works:

1: Mid-March I decided I needed a recipe for my at-home exercise. I was envious of those who found their groove in Zoom and remote connections. (That glass slipper didn’t fit me.) Giving it my best I grabbed one of my blank recipe cards (yellow) and quickly penned (yes in ink) a workout–crunches, bridges, bicycles, squats, kettle bell stuff, dips, planks, and more. One side had the full workout (~30 min duration) and on the reverse side I composed my ‘Mini Workout’ …Plan A and Plan B.

2: I tied the workout to something I was doing regularly. No surprises here. It was the same thing many people started doing in March, listening to the news. Choice: News = Workout or No Workout = No News

Note: I’d read research re the positive benefits of this habit-building strategy. It has been self-satisfying to experience its validity. To this day, guess what happens whenever the news gets turned on? The bell rings; the brain says start; the body follows.

What doesn’t work:

1: Judgment. ‘Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.’ On lack-lustre days (we’ve all had them) it was easy to forego a YC workout. That didn’t make me feel better.

2: Comparing. ‘Beware don’t compare’. Social media played the perfect role. Checking out what others were doing did little to improve my state of mind.

Critical analysis may not appeal to you. Lots of folks feel the same way. But I have found that if you are willing to take a few moments, step out of the picture (see the forest for the trees), you too can reap the benefits of finding how to make the situation work for you. ‘Find out what works and do more of that.’ (Steve de Shazer)

What works for me? Sharing my thoughts with you.

What doesn’t work for me? If you assume you need to do what I do.

Final Notes (my Aquafit folks will recognize this): Do your best. Make it work for you. Find the fun (because fun gets done)

Thank you for reading. Cheerios, ~Linda

4 Comments
  • Brian Burke
    Posted at 20:53h, 05 December Reply

    A great read.

    • Linda Jones
      Posted at 21:01h, 13 December Reply

      Thanks for checking it out Brian. Always appreciate the ‘vote of confidence’, 👍.

  • Agnes Muleme
    Posted at 01:45h, 08 December Reply

    Love that “Pavlov’s dogs” effect. Great share, thanks.
    Agnes

    • Linda Jones
      Posted at 21:01h, 13 December Reply

      That’s a good one 😊. How could I have missed that one? Probably too intent on responding ‘to the bell’. Thanks Agnes.

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