Monthly Archives: July 2014

Eat, Move, Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes

Eat, Move, Sleep How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes, Tom Rath (Author of StrengthsFinder 2.0), MissionDay Publications. 2013.

I have always been a strong advocate for the strengths-based approach to the challenge of   motivating and engaging others as well as ourselves. I have all of Tom Rath’s previous books but have never seen him write about his personal journey with a rare cancer he’s had since he was 16 years old.

This book is fascinating from that standpoint but has a larger message applicable to all of us. By choosing three small changes each day and weaving them into an upward spiral we can make big changes in our lives. Set your intention, identify your benchmarks of progress and put the “pedal to the metal” to maximize your success. This is a great project for August for all of us!


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Create An Upward Spiral for Yourself

Initiating changes in our lives takes work. And it’s easy to get discouraged if we are striving for a big goal that seems overwhelming to achieve. We may even be tempted to not start in the first place justifying it to ourselves in multiple ways.

But we can be successful in attaining these bigger goals if we are willing to use our time, energy and creativity on a daily basis in a very strategic way. Using the core philosophy of Tom Roth in his newest book Eat, Move, Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes we can use the power of choice to build upward momentum. Here’s how . . .

  1. Clarify one thing that is really important to you right now. For example, physical health may be a priority for you at this time.
  2. Identify three choices you could make on a daily basis that would complement each other and lead to improved physical health. For example, eating more fruits & vegetables; walking each morning and increasing sleep by 30 minutes each night.
  3. Commit to doing these three actions each day for one week. Keep a written log or use another accountability system (ex. check-in with a friend) that works for you. Do all three each day giving each equal attention.

How do you feel now? Hopefully, your efforts have had a significant ripple effect all week so that each subsequent day was even better than the day before. It’s amazing how the momentum of one change affects the other changes you are making. You are sleeping better so you feel like walking in the morning and then the exercise helps you chose healthier food throughout the day.

The result is you feel better all day long and into the next day as well. Each choice works together rather than in isolation increasing your success rate substantially.

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