Please enjoy this guest post from Chase J. Stay tuned for information about a seminar on March 26th talking about goal setting, energy management, and much more. Thanks, Chase!
Using Beyond the Whiteboard to Create Kaizen
The number #1 scientifically measured strategy you can take to immediately start improving at something is to start measuring the results. Beyond the Whiteboard is a great tool that comes complimentary to the gym that provides a great opportunity for you to incrementally measure your CFSL improvements.
In the upper left hand corner of the screen after you log in is a white box with your current fitness level (Between 1-99) written in black. Let’s say the box states that your current fitness level is a 33. Instead of thinking about what you can do to be the next Rich Froning or Kara Webb shift your focus to solely improving your fitness level to a 34.
To make the quickest progress in the gym, you just have to take baby steps—and keep on taking them. In Japan, they call this approach kaizen, which literally translates as ‘continual improvement.’ Using kaizen, great and lasting success is achieved through small, consistent steps. It turns out that slow and steady is the best way to overcome your resistance to change.
All changes, even positive ones, are scary. Attempts to reach goals through radical or revolutionary means often fail because they heighten fear. But the small steps of kaizen disarm the brain’s fear response, stimulating rational thought and creative play. Make it a game see how quickly you can get your fitness level up one point. Focusing on your own incremental progress completely shifts your mind away from comparing yourself to others, which in turn is a great way to add more fulfillment to your training.
While the steps may be small, what your reaching for is not. To commit your life to honoring and maintaining your physical health is to strive for powerful goals, often elusive and at times frightening. But for now, all you need to do is take one small step.
Ask yourself what is one stall step I could take towards moving my fitness level up one percentage point? Something amazing happens when you simply take a small step in the direction of your larger goals. Let’s get on it!
Chase Jackson M.Ed, M.I.M, School of Hard Knocks
Peak Performance Architect