1 Tip – 1 Idea – 1 Question
December 15, 2019
Solutions for sustainable change. | by Jameson Skillings
Your weekly source of actionable tips, helpful ideas, and questions to improve your deep health.
“The most important step a person can take is always the next one.”
Every action brings you closer to or farther from the person you want to be.
Here is 1 tip, 1 idea, and 1 question for you to dig into this week.
1 TIP FROM ME
Grip the floor with your feet.
For those of you who have noisy or painful ankles, knees, or hips caused by medial ankle instability, a centrated ankle joint with tension through the arch of your foot can be a quick fix to a lot of problems.
I’ve seen this work with clients of all ages and skill levels.
Press down your big toe and spread the rest of the toes apart. Create a tripod of pressure with your big toe, pinky toe, and heel. From here, make it feel like you’re screwing your legs into the floor. If your arches don’t lift when you do this, trying scrunching your toes as well.
For optimal results, use this technique when you do squatting and hinge movements to instantly make them better.
1 IDEA FROM A CLIENT
Fake it ’til you make it.
“I wanted to lose 10 pounds and didn’t know what to start with. Diet? Exercise? Reduce my stress levels? I was lost.”
Knowing your goal is a great first step. This happens to be an outcome-based goal. When you have an outcome-based goal, the next step is to reverse engineer the outcome to find the actions required to get the outcome. What type of person would weigh ten pounds less? It depends on who you are.
This client was exercising once a week and drinking two or three beers a night. For them, those were the two most obvious changes they wanted to make.
The goal was to slowly become the type of person who was exercising three times a week and drinking just one beer at night.
1 QUESTION FOR YOU
What is your identity?
Your identity comes from your actions more than your thoughts, hopes, dreams, wishes, and intentions combined. Every belief is conditioned through experience. Whatever your identity is right now, you only believe it because you have proof of it.
Small, repeated actions that reinforce overarching goals slowly become habits. Those habits create a new identity, culminating with a new ‘you’. This process gets repeated constantly. You are continuously becoming a new person.
In a way, the process of building new habits is the process of becoming yourself.