Monday, January 21, 2013

Make Happiness!!! Really??!! YES!!!


As a key element of any “good” life, happiness stands alone as the most significant factor. While many factors determine what “happiness” means to each of us, it is a very worthwhile study putting an eyeball on what these factors are. When we know what they are, we can make more of them or shape a plan to include more of them in our day to day business. During last weekend’s “BEST” program, we discussed happiness. Here are some (hopefully) helpful tips to think about:
Elements Crucial to Human Happiness:
-Pursuing meaningful life goals
-Scanning the world for opportunities
-Cultivating an optimistic and grateful mindset
-Holding onto rich social relationships
Happiness Creation Techniques:
-Meditation: breathe deep, count, focus on breath
-Find something to “look forward to”
-Commit “Conscious” Acts of Kindness
-Positive Surroundings
-Exercise!!
-Spend Money-on experiences with friends/family
-Exercise a signature strength
All of these exercises “change” our mindset. Chemically, the good stuff begins to flow and the bad stuff stops flowing. Our bodies are influenced by our mind in many complex and real ways. Our performance is absolutely linked to our state of mind. A positive state of mind is a powerful tool leading towards positive outcomes in literally every aspect of life; success in work, relationships, problem solving, creativity, etc, etc, etc…Huge science validates these assertions. We are capable of much more with a healthy, happy mindset. This seems like common sense, but not necessarily common practice. Deliberately and intentionally “changing” your mind…changes everything…
Feel free to call or e-mail if you want/need further explanation about any of these concepts! FYI…much of this information is available in “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor. This is a great resource for anyone looking for a deeper explanation about how and why this shit actually works!!!!! -Dave

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year...really...it can be!!!!


Trouble is inevitable. Misery is optional.
With the idea that we have absolute control over whether or not be are happy or miserable, I have designed a simple program to help folks choose and create more happiness in their lives.  

The “BEST” Program

B- Body: Fitness, Nutrition
E- Energy to do more of what you LIKE to do!!
S- Stress relief. Improved sleep
T- Time: Manage time to allow for more TIME doing what you like to do!!

Genuine and lasting “quality of life” is the goal. This is a proactive program designed to move you forward in the areas of life that are not “contributing fully” to your BEST LIFE!!

Everyone KNOWS that exercise and proper nutrition are good. Everyone also knows that stress and poor sleep are bad. While we will explore both the “hows and whys” of the good and bad, this knowledge has proven insufficient in producing any real results. Very simply, information is not transformation!! KNOWING is not DOING!! Doing creates results. We will achieve a basic understanding about HOW things work, physiologically and psychologically, but the focus will be on forward motion.

Through this program, the only goal is meaningful RESULTS for you!! Using simple and practical techniques, we will develop actionable goals that will lead you towards a better life. Change involves action. YOU WILL ACT!! Effort will be involved and expected. This will not be a hand-holding, self-affirmational, spiritual voodoo-speak hoopla, hug-fest. Though, I like a lot of that stuff, this program is designed for action. You will be accountable to yourself to complete the tasks YOU outline in a framework that is realistic and achievable, but defined and designed to move YOU and YOUR life where you want it to go!!

With the fundamental principles of positive psychology as a backdrop, this program is deliberately structured to be FUN!! Science has FINALLY delivered the truth that we already knew…we perform better when we are happy!! With this in mind, we will explore some interesting ways to create happiness that we can use as tools to help us truly achieve our BEST LIFE!!!

This is a six week program, with classes held at Waterland CrossFit on Saturday mornings at 9am. Cost is FREE for Waterland CrossFit members. $60 for non-members.

This is a great way to jump start the New Year and put some intentional action behind the resolutions. Dreams CAN come true!!! It just takes a little work…

I look forward to helping YOU have a fantastic life!!!!
-Dave
Let me know if you are attending or if you have any questions or concerns:
206-271-8100
waterlandxfit@gmail.com