“I never realized that working out is like this,” She said giggling.
She didn’t know then that there were no workouts like hers. Her workout was customized to fit her and only her.
However, regardless of the degree of customization, many elements of her workout had shared characteristics with others because we as human beings share many defined spiritual, mental, emotional and physical characteristics.
Our struggles to reach goals also have very defined and shared characteristics.
Your awareness of these characteristics and your skill in defining them helps you in five ways.
- You could recognize and duplicate the steps you have successfully taken in similar situations to overcome similar struggles in life.
- You could recognize and avoid the steps you have taken in similar situations that have not helped you.
- You could recognize and duplicate the steps others in similar situations have successfully taken to overcome that particular stage of the struggle.
- You could recognize and avoid the steps others in similar situations have taken that have not helped them.
- You could also recognize when your path becomes yours alone without anyone to share it with.
There are experiments that show how we value complications and complicated solutions even as we crave simplicity.
The conflict between valuing complications and conflicts and craving simplicity is a shared struggle you need to be aware of during planning especially in the first stages.
Think of Cinderella, Harry Potter, and Star Wars. In storytelling, an orphan within a hostile environment peaks your interest.
Would you be as interested if Cinderella, Harry Potter or Luke Skywalker were wealthy, well cared for, going to the best schools and were surrounded by loving family members without a single struggle, enemy or care in the world?
The tremendous success of these stories answers that question with an unquestionable, “No.” Most people are not interested in simple stories without conflict.
But what would Cinderella, Harry Potter, and Luke Skywalker struggle to have? They struggle to have simplicity and resolution of conflicts.
Most of us may want to watch the bad news on TV, know about the latest celebrity gossip or read about the conflicts and wars around the world. However, in our personal lives we don’t want to be the subject of a gossip, have a personal conflict or be in a war zone.
We want to have simplicity. We want our struggles to be resolved. We struggle to have fulfillment.
Thoughts and theories based on Abraham Maslow 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” refer to this conflict as a conflict between the need for security and the need for variety.
Simplicity falls under security and complications fall under variety.
Effective planning should address both needs. However, the first step is one of simplification.
In defining a plan including a workout plan and its shared characteristics, one of the simplest ways is to look at a plan as a path that takes you from a known and realized past to the unknown but defined future through a fully evaluated present moment.
A forgotten past or experiences that you do not realize you have had do not help you.
A present that is not evaluated does not reveal your hidden resources and potentials.
A future that is not defined does not permit any planning.
Out of the three, past, present and future, the defined future has the highest priority in planning since it is the destination you are moving toward.
In the simplest terms, defined future is the vision you continuously hold in your heart. A life plan is steps you take from the past through the present in manifesting of the vision of the future you continuously hold in the present.
An effective workout plan for you is part of the steps that help you express your vision of future and it includes visualization techniques.