08 Aug Pursuing Health and Refocusing Vision in 2020
“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions.
It’s not what we do once in awhile that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”
Has 2020 been your year? If you answered no, then you’d be in the majority of our clientele, city, country and world.
So far, 2020 has thrown us all for a series of twists and turns. There’s been conflict, struggle, and lots of challenges. If you’re like most of us, then there’s been major upheaval to your goals, plans and lifestyle this year. This is inconvenient at best, frustrating and catastrophic at worst. At Kinetik, we’ve seen the full spectrum. Some of our athletes celebrated gaining another year to shore up weaknesses, heal from injury, and maximize preparation for the breakthrough season or Olympic medal. Some mourned the loss of their prime moment, the peak of 4 years of careful and calculated preparation, or the monumental glimmer of health to “lock down” (no pun intended) that life-changing contract or draft selection.
We’ve also seen the full spectrum in “normal” life. Some of our clients are readily adapting and evolving their health routines, while some are struggling to keep up and stay sane. In an effort to make some sense of all this, I want to share some of the effective strategies and tactics I’m seeing many of you implement, and some of the things I’ve been focusing on myself. We are here for you and wish you much success, health, and happiness for the final push through 2020 and the years to come.
Operating Strategies for 2020:
Re-set your goals: Take some time to sit down and re-work your goals for the year. I would suggest focusing on personal, professional, spiritual, and physical. While all of our current states may not be where we planned originally, we must be willing to pivot and adapt. Being malleable is going to be a marker for success this year, and just might set you up for future success in subsequent years (see quote above). Whatever has happened in the last few months to impact your original expectations, setting new targets now will give energy and focus to all you do the next 5 months.
Find opportunities to improve your schedule, routines, lifestyle: The lockdown changed many of our priorities, routines, and day-to-day structures. Examine which parts of this were good and bad. What did you learn? What parts do you want to keep and continue? What parts did you struggle with? There’s always a chance to learn if you examine and answer these questions. For myself, I figured out where I was wasting time, giving away unneeded energy, or prioritizing things that didn’t light me up the most. I have been able to adjust my schedule to improve my energy and focus, and prioritize my duties, goals, family needs, and desires.
Focus on health: My greatest hope for this pandemic is that as a people, country and world, we could refocus our priorities on health. We each start our adult lives at a unique point produced by some combination of our genetics and our environment, and have each travelled different paths to where we are today. However it seems obvious that any choices we can make going forward to decrease risk factors and co-morbidities are incredibly valuable, almost a sign of currency in our current and future world. Having better health protects us, strengthens our immune systems, and makes us more resilient in the world today. It also lessens the burden on others. We need to hold each other accountable in appropriate ways and encourage a systemic approach to health that will reshape the planet. This is a big thing. To keep it simple: focus on health measures for yourself and your family that you can control, then be an example to your family, community and culture.
Control the variables of:
– Vitamin D levels
– Eating nutritious foods
– Limiting toxic exposure, GMO’s, and foods of poor nutritional value (Vote with your $)
– Training/exercising frequently and in a way that stimulates/motivates you
– Stretching and mobility so that you can stay healthy
– Breathing/meditation for mindfulness and mind/body connection
During the pandemic, I personally made a substantial effort to improve my immune system. I have gotten more exercise and used an infra-red sauna to detox and improve body composition; I continued meditation routines and participated in mindfulness training; I cooked at-home meals and increased my Vitamin D levels (known risk factor for COVID-19); I maintained connections with family and friends for community/personal interaction.
My hope is that you will take some time this week to evaluate where you are and what you can do to stay engaged with your goals, prioritize where you place your energy, and commit to improving your health and the health of those around you. Leave a comment below with your goals and the routines that are working for you, whether they are ongoing or have shifted in the last few months.
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I’m wishing you much success, adaptation, and fulfillment as you finish this year.