Whole Life Fitness

Whole Life Fitness is a fun and simple way to develop strengths in all dimensions. It’s  compasspersonal development for busy people.

The world faces an energy crisis. Levels of engagement at work are abysmally low (only 29% in the U.S. and 13% worldwide are actively engaged at work according to Gallup Surveys!), and few people know what they are passionate about. It’s not too surprising that many employers say applicants are lacking soft skills like communication, creativity, and collaboration. The very skills that employers say they want, are not often taught.

Our brightest stars do not learn how to shine, but instead are becoming dimmer as they are drained of energy. I believe this should be changed, and take a stand for teaching skills and developing the strengths that people need. If you agree, please join us and make a difference. The world becomes a little darker every day, and we must fight back to increase the light by connecting with our greatest renewable energy source. Let’s open the door to a brighter future!

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Start a Whole Life Fitness group to learn from personal development experts with informative videos, hands on activities & discussions of ideas in meetings with monthly topics based on a Year of Personal Development. This framework could work well for organizations involved in workforce development, community assistance, and career & life coaching.

Be a star! Learn to shine! Develop your strengths with Whole Life Fitness.

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You can’t help but learn skills if you do the weekly activities in twelve topics for a year of personal development. And if you join others for a monthly meeting on the topics, you will connect with others interested in continuous learning and personal development to learn even more.

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The goal of Whole Life Fitness is to light up the sky with stars.

While I love Coldplay, the lyrics of “Sky Full of Stars,” may not completely fit this movement. Do you think “Shine” by Take That is a better choice for our theme song? Let us know at the Daily Planit Facebook page!

To summarize, Whole Life Fitness is:

  • A way to develop strengths in all dimensions. A solution for learning the skills needed to succeed and creating more engagement at work through personal development.
  • A meeting that combines informative videos, and hands on activities to discuss ideas from personal development experts.
  • Based on topics from a Year of Personal Development: Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, Physical, Relationships, Social, Financial, Organizational, Recreational, Career, Character, Purpose.
  • Personal development for busy people, to discover talents and learn skills like communication, setting goals, time management, and understanding emotions.

Join us in the fight to amp up energy levels and save the planet!

Tools to Get Started

I will soon be facilitating a local group in Independence, Missouri, and invite you to follow along as we begin this adventure. I hope to also begin an online discussion group. Stay tuned!

 

How to Make a Difference

If you have a cause you are passionate about, or a problem you want to solve to make the world a better place, this Checklist for Change can help with information to outline a plan for change.

I developed the Printable Checklist for Change (pdf) after I heard about the How To Start a Revolution Webinar created by Jonathan Fields. Scott Dinsmore at Live Your Legend describes the webinar in his article 18 Field-Tested Steps to Launching a Non-Violent Revolution. The Daily PlanIt Change Toolkit provides links to tools for the steps and  includes a Change Outline.

CHECKLIST FOR CHANGE

CLARIFY THE IDEA

  • Choose a name that describes what the idea is about.
  • Describe the primary purpose. What is it for, how does it work, what are the features?
  • Identify the Value Proposition. What are the unique benefits offered?
  • Identify the Pain Point? What problem is solved?

COMMUNICATE

Clear and compelling communication of the idea is essential to get the message out, reach people who care and get them involved. Start by giving some thought to develop a brand to use for marketing.

  • Choose images and colors that best convey the idea.
  • Choose a song that conveys the idea.
  • Make a Manifesto of the core values.
  • Think of a story that captures emotions. What inspired your idea?
  • Think of a slogan or tagline. Why do you want to solve the problem, what would you put on a tshirt?
  • Create a compelling, convincing video or presentation to pitch the idea.

TEST ASSUMPTIONS

  • Research to find statistics that support the need for the idea.
  • Run surveys or focus groups to discover if there is really a need or desire.
  • Test the effectiveness of the branding for communicating the message.
  • Choose the metrics you will use to measure success. What will success look like?

BUILD COMMUNITY

  • Identify the target market or audience. Who are you serving and who will help? Where will you find them?
  • Choose the channels you will use. How will you reach people? A blog, social media, videos, meetings, newsletters? Will you sell products that tie in: books, courses, tshirts?
  • Develop tools to help spread the word and form groups to support the idea.
  • Look for a group of energetic core leaders who can present ideas well. Gain input from early adopters and true believers. Put out a call to action and form a leadership team.

SUSTAINABILITY

  • Decide on for profit or nonprofit status. Do you want to raise money?
  • Identify the costs that will be involved. What resources will be needed to provide this?
  • Identify sources of income to pay for costs. Will you sell tshirts or other products?
  • Think of possible partnerships. Are there existing groups or organizations that could be a good fit? What are the benefits of connecting with them?
  • Research the competition. Who are they, and what are their strengths & weaknesses?

LAUNCH

Build a launch around an event, a manifesto, a video, or a webinar.

GROW

Continue to build community.

Find tools for change at the Change Toolkit.

Photo: Remember to dream big. Happy #MLKday.

 

Change Toolkit

Is there a cause you are passionate about, or a problem you want to solve to make the world a better place? This Change Toolkit provides links to tools to develop a plan of action to advocate for change. Ever since I heard about the How To Start a Revolution Webinar created by Jonathan Fields, I’ve been gathering tools to explore these ideas. Scott Dinsmore at Live Your Legend describes the webinar in his article 18 Field-Tested Steps to Launching a Non-Violent Revolution. I’m sure there are more tools out there, if you know of some please share them at the Daily PlanIt Facebook Page.

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I developed a couple tools of my own while working on a plan:

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CLARIFY THE IDEA

COMMUNICATE

Develop a brand to use for communicating your idea or vision in a way that is clear and compelling.

  • How to Create Your Own Manifesto at Bright Spark Media.
  • Seven steps to the perfect story from the-cma.com.
  • Tell Me a Story (and lots more) at Metropolitan Group.
  • Remember to Start with “why” -See the TED Talk by Simon Sinek listed below.
  • Links to learn about creating presentations.

Design for contagion.

All these elements should be as captivating as possible.

Consider the Success Model from Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath.

And the Stepps Model from Jonah Berger’s “Contagious: Why Things Catch on.”

TEST ASSUMPTIONS

Metrics:

BUILD COMMUNITY

Target market or audience demographics: male/female/married/single/ages/employment/geographic location

Choose Channels to reach the target market

Create resources to spread the word and form groups to support the idea. Resources I’ve been working on for Whole Life Fitness include a brochure with meeting ideas, links at the Daily PlanIt Wiki, a Youtube playlist, a flyer, and a bookmark.

Resources to start a group

1. Choose a method:

2. Choose a time, date, and place

3. Invite others (Create an event, a flyer at http://www.printableflyertemplates.net/, make Brown Paper Tickets)

LAUNCH

TED Talks

The Leading Change playlist at Youtube includes all the videos mentioned, plus a few more.

Articles

 

To Be You or Not To Be You

…That is the question.

When I first began this blog, I followed a wonderful blog written by Kathy Sierra. It was called Creating Passionate Users, and had the most amazingly creative articles I’d ever seen. And then something happened to her I could hardly believe. She was viciously attacked, threatened, and harassed, to the point she had to shut down the blog. I still find it difficult to understand why the people behind it would do this. To be honest, it really scared me. I’m by nature a pretty cautious person, so I was very reluctant to share personal information on my blog anyway. What happened to Kathy served to reinforce this decision. Something equally awful could really happen to anyone.

But now I keep hearing about the importance of sharing your own personal story. I was touched when I watched Brene Brown’s TED Talk on being authentic. People want to connect with real people, who are authentically being themselves. My friend Phil Gerbyshak wrote about this in an article about advice he received: “Be More You” at Speakermagazine.com. Has the time come to come forth, be brave and be me?

As I worked on developing a story for creating a movement to build strengths through personal development, I channeled a character named Arty. She is very strong, a little bit of a rebel, and courageously fights against the forces that are robbing the earth of light. She is the person I’d like to be, the alter-ego to my real life Clark Kent persona of mild mannered former librarian. So here, in an unprecedented leap of faith and act of bravery, is the first ever photo on this blog of the real me-Rosemary Rice. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for being here.

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Be You Part Deux

Some time ago my local newspaper did a survey asking readers what they liked best about the paper. I was surprised to discover that my responses were nothing at all like the majority. That was one of my first clues that I was just a little, well, different.

Then there was the time when my co-workers convinced me to join their team for Walk Kansas. Walking was something I frequently did and enjoyed, so I thought “why not?” I quickly discovered because I *had* to do it, all the joy was completely sucked out of it! I think that’s why I have never taken dancing lessons. I like to dance, but I like to do it my own way. So I actually do have that subtle streak of rebelliousness in me.

Gretchen Rubin discovers during her Happiness Project, that what’s right for her is different than what’s right for lots of other people. And that’s okay. “Be Gretchen” she says. Be You. And I’ll be me. Our differences are what makes the world an interesting place.

To stand out, is to be a little bit different in your own unique way. Unless you want to be “Just Another Girl.” (or guy). The answer is yes…be you, the best you, the most authentic you.

The Angst Guide to Motivation

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noun Anxiety about life

Angst is often experienced during our teen years, sometimes at times of crisis, in mid-life or as we are nearing the end of life. There may be confusion and questions about who we are, what we are here for, what it’s all about. Can anxiety about not getting done the things we want to get done, provide motivation to act?

Life is Short

We all know someone who died way too young. None of us know how much time we will have. As this video tribute to Robin Williams says, “None of us have very long on this earth, life is fleeting.” To realize we all face the ultimate deadline, is to realize the time to use our time well is now.

TED Talks:

The Top 10 Regrets of the Dying point the way to what we should spend our time doing.

Movies

  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • If I Stay
  • The Bucket List
  • 50/50
  • Funny People

Angst Music Playlist at the Daily PlanIt Youtube channel:

  • Bon Jovi “It’s My Life”
  • RENT “No Day But Today”
  • John Mayer “Say What you Need to Say”
  • New Radicals “You Get What You Give”
  • Chumbawamba “Tubthumping…(and more)

Life Can Be Hard…But We Can Overcome

Fear Can Hold Us Back…Be Brave -Overcoming Fear at Psychology Today

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Start here: Figure out What You Are Passionate About. Set Some Goals. And Get Busy.

Our life would be what we made of it.  Nothing more, nothing less. – The Pigman by Paul Zindel

 

What are You Passionate About?

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Do you know what you are passionate about?  Some people seem to just know, while for others it’s more of a struggle to figure it out. I’ve seen some things that help to get a clue, but this week I learned a new way to think about this.

 

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“The most successful people are obsessed with solving an important problem that matters to them. They remind me of a dog chasing a tennis ball.” Drew Houston, founder of Dropbox, said this in an MIT commencement speech, and it’s a very good way to identify what you are passionate about. Here’s your clue:

What is it that you are always chasing?

I also watched the video Living an Extraordinary Life by Stever Robbins, also known as the Get-It-Done Guy. He is the author of the book Get-it-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More, and the Get-It-Done-Guy podcast.
Here is Living an Extraordinary Life by Stever Robbins

I recently saw a picture of a t-shirt…

from the open house at Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery in Seattle (two of my nieces are supporters)

…which inspired me to create this logo:

LogoBecause, as I think about what I want to do, it starts with this:

I want to help people find their “it”…the thing that lights them up and makes them shine. This is the ultimate renewable energy resource, and when people connect with what they are passionate about they shine.

What if your passions and talents don’t intersect?

If this is truly what is “it” for me, do I have the talents and strengths that will be required to accomplish it? Can a low-energy introvert overcome fears of public speaking and actually get something done? Stay tuned as the story unfolds! What is “it’ for you?

Author Cal Newport, author of “So Good They Can’t Ignore You,” contends  you should *not* follow your passion at Barking Up The Wrong Tree. Here’s his tips to Stop Being Lazy and Get Stuff Done. What do you think? Pop on over to the Daily PlanIt on Facebook and let me know.

 

Run Your Day Like an Athlete

runnerHere is how to apply the techniques that runners use for an effective daily routine.

WARM UP

Start slowly and do what it takes to wake up your mind and body.

Begin the day with gratitude, meditation or prayer.

Stretch, breathe deeply, do some exercises.

Briefly check weather, news, email.

Get inspired with a motivational quote or music.

PICK UP THE PACE & RUN IN THE ZONE

Get to work-review your calendar and to-do list for top priority items. Choose tasks that require thought or creativity in the morning when most of us have the most energy.

Start with important work: first a high priority task you want to do, followed by a high priority task you don’t want to do. (I prefer this sandwich method, but there is also the worst first aka the Eat That Frog method)

Focus-don’t get distracted. Give yourself encouraging self-talk.

Be Aware-add incoming tasks to your system and adjust as needed. In any extra time available, add tasks for goals and projects, plan or learn something.

Pace Yourself-maintain a rhythm, remember to breathe deeply.

Be Disciplined-push yourself a little. Be strong and tackle the difficult tasks you would rather avoid.

Stay Hydrated-drink plenty of water.

COOL DOWN

Regroup & Refresh-slow down and do easier tasks like phone calls and errands in the afternoon, when energy is usually lower. Stay motivated by reviewing progress and lists.

Review & Plan-review the day and plan for tomorrow. Clear your desk, know where to begin tomorrow, and assemble anything you will need.

Visualize-think about how the next day will look so you can hit the ground running.

Recharge-relax and enjoy the evening. Connect with people you love. Get the rest you need and let your subconscious solve problems while you sleep.

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Free Printable Daily Routine List (pdf)

More on Daily Routines:

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How Are Your Energy Levels?

EinsteinQuoteIt’s taken me awhile, but I’ve come to the same conclusion as Einstein!  Productivity is about managing energy, not just about managing time. Personal Development is about increasing energy in lots of areas.

Everything is energy, and energy is everything.

Most of us know what it takes to increase our physical energy. We know the importance of taking care of our bodies and gaining strength with exercise. But how awesome it would be if we could amp up energy levels in all dimensions! I’m certain we can increase the power of our potential by developing strengths in other areas as well. There are some very practical actions we can take to increase our wattage and the activities for a Year of Personal Development are a good starting point.

See where your energy levels are with this gauge. For each area, check a square for every statement you can answer with “yes” or “usually.” If you can mark all four levels in each area, your energy levels are probably pretty high! If there are a few “no” or “sometimes” answers, you know those are areas to develop strengths.

Energy Level Gauge

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Purpose

  • You know what your talents are and how you will use them to add value
  • You know your values and have created a manifesto or mission statement
  • You have a specific Unique Selling Proposition that describes the special benefit you provide
  • You have practiced an elevator speech or verbal business card to communicate what you do and why

Mind

  • You learn something daily
  • You plan and review regularly
  • You set goals
  • You use time productively

Body

  • You drink 8 glasses of water a day
  • You eat healthy food
  • You exercise at least 3 times a week
  • You get enough sleep

Spirit

  • You feel gratitude daily
  • You know your beliefs and practice them
  • You pray/meditate daily
  • You act with integrity and kindness to others

Emotion

  • You identify emotions
  • You understand emotions
  • You manage emotions
  • You express emotions well

Relationships

  • You are happy with your partner or singleness
  • You have a circle of good friends
  • You invest time with people you care about
  • You practice good listening skills

Social

  • You communicate well
  • You meet new people & make connections
  • You volunteer for a cause you believe in
  • You entertain or interact with others regularly

Career

  • You know what work you find fulfilling
  • You are fully engaged in the work you do
  • You contribute with your work & accomplish what you plan
  • You earn as much as you need/desire

Financial

  • You have a bill paying system
  • You spend wisely
  • You have savings &/or investments
  • You carry no credit card debt

Organizational

  • Your spaces are not cluttered
  • You have systems for storage
  • You have a Household Notebook
  • You have a system for repeating tasks

Recreational

  • You laugh & smile every day
  • You invest time in activities that are truly enjoyable
  • You monitor and manage the amount of screen time you spend each day
  • You expand your comfort zone by trying something new at least once a month

Character

  • You act and speak authentically
  • You have strong self-esteem
  • You choose responsibly
  • You act creatively

Free Printable Energy Level Gauge (pdf)

The one thing that is most critical to increase energy is to identify our talents and know how we will add value with them.

Now, I’m no energy expert. In fact, I’ve always thought of myself as a low-energy person. But I think it would be great to have more energy. Can you think of more ways to increase energy ? Let me know on the Daily PlanIt Facebook page.

Flea Market Booth Ideas

On July 1st, we moved into a booth at the Fleamart in Independence, Missouri. We had been on the waiting list awhile until one became open, and I spent the time planning and getting as ready as possible before the big day. I looked for display ideas and added Flea Market Booth Ideas on a Pinterest board. We investigated prices of things, which were surprising sometimes. Who knew a Tater Twister would be worth so much?! (It makes great curly French Fries, but no longer fits our now low carb diet.) We found the hutch cabinet at a garage sale, and after cleaning it up and refreshing the stain it looks pretty good! We added a light and my husband put a lock on the door. We got extra keys made and were ready to go.

The booth we got has a column in it which turned out to be challenging to work around. Some of the ideas I had for setting up the display didn’t work out, but I’m still pleased with what we came up with.

Flea Market Booth

I really enjoy adding value to something, like the jars I made into solar lights or filled with peppermint bath salts.

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…and the rose candle holders I made from glassware.

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What kind of things do people actually want to have or give as gifts? What makes you say, “I want that!”? I think people are probably looking for something unique. Yesterday I took some time studying other booths to see what they are selling and how they’ve arranged things. It’ll be a continuous process to add to and improve the booth.

Our main goal has been to declutter and get rid of stuff we don’t need or use. Will this turn out to be a profitable venture? Will it be worth all the time and effort? It remains to be seen! Hopefully this will turn out to be a fun hobby that generates a stream of revenue.

UPDATE: We pulled out of the FleaMart Booth at the end of August. It may not have been the best time of year to try it, but we found the return for our effort simply wasn’t worth it. Still, we did get rid of some stuff! It was very interesting to see what people would buy, and what they wouldn’t. I learned that I am not very good at guessing this!

Your Inner Adult

Ah, Independence. I remember the excitement of moving out on my own after high school. I lived at home the first year of college, and then a friend and I found an apartment to rent. Finally, I could do what I wanted to, when I wanted to. I was independent, in charge of my life! Yet with freedom comes responsibility. I had been working part time since my first job as a dishwasher at Camp Wood the summer I turned 16. While things cost a bit less then, pay was less too, and the reality of paying bills must be faced. We laugh at Cliff Huxtable’s illustration of how life works to his son on the Cosby Show, but there is much truth in it.

On one birthday I received a card that said “Age is mandatory, Maturity is optional!” While it made me smile, sometimes I think I need to connect more with my inner adult. We hear a lot about our inner child, and connecting with imagination, playfulness and other child-like characteristics can be a good thing at times. But I’ve been thinking about adult characteristics like responsibility and courage.

Your Inner Adult:

An adult is responsible and thoughtful. An adult stands up and speaks out for the things they believe in. An adult handles tough situations and acts with courage. An adult acts with integrity and is kind yet firm.

Here is Ann Lander’s definition of Maturity.

Your Inner Child:

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A child finds joy in simple things, plays spontaneously, and has fun. A child is in touch with imagination and innovative ideas.

The book “Compelling People,” talks about a balance of strength and warmth.  Next I read the book “Making Ideas Happen,” which shows the importance of being able to switch between dreaming and doing.

“Is the ability to switch a key skill in life?”

Being able to access and switch between inner adult and inner child could be a great skill to have. Maybe we need a little of both, depending on the situation.