Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle – 2 Have a Vision
What is your vision of a fit and healthy life that is right for you?
In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People*, Stephen Covey’s second Habit is about knowing what the ‘end game’ is – fully understanding your destination helps you to determine what is important and thus place your Proactive effort (see Habit 1) on doing the things that will achieve this.
To quote Stephen Covey:
“It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the activity trap. In the business of life, to work harder and harder at climbing the ladder of success only to discover it’s leaning against the wrong wall. It is possible to be busy – very busy – without being effective.”
So take a moment to picture what you will see when you have your ideal healthy and fit life. What will you look like? What will you notice as you view the world around you? What will you be telling yourself? What will others be saying about you? And how will you be feeling? Imagine stepping into this future you and really experiencing what it is like.
How much do you want it? Take time to consider what you might lose in achieving this life (and think about how you can preserve these things in some way that will work for you). Also think about the impact that achieving this life might have on others – how can you prevent or lessen any negative impacts?
Consider writing down your personal ‘wellbeing mission statement’ – setting out your health and fitness goals and check that these fit with your values (the things that are important to you in living your day-to-day life).
Here’s a suggestion for a simple format:
- My health, fitness and wellbeing mission is: [overall statement of what you want to do/be/achieve]
- In fulfilling this mission I will: [set out the values, qualities and behaviours that underpin your approach to this and which will take account of protecting the things you don’t want to lose and minimising negative impact on others.]
Your personal mission is for you and it’s good to read it regularly as a basis for goal setting and to keep you on track.
* The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey (1989) is published by Franklin Covey Co ISBN 0-684-85839-8