What is Chunking? (and Why It Runs Your Life)

I re-read the opening chapters of Charles Duhigg’s book “The Power of Habit” yesterday while waiting for my 11 yo daughter to play tennis.

Ladies Junior Varsity Tennis is super cool, BTW. I couldn’t believe how the girls laughed at themselves.  They had TONS of fun even when they had a mis-hit, a goofy swing, or fell over trying to get the ball. We should all have so much fun! Anyway, back to work!

In the book, Duhigg tells a story about researchers watching & recording the brain activity of rats while they were being trained to run a T-shaped maze –

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What Is The Most Motivating Question In The World?

When you think of motivation, you think of someone telling you something, or seeing something that pulls your heart strings.

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But the strongest and longest lasting motivation comes from within; the things you tell yourself.

Whether it’s something you ask yourself, or something you ask another, the most motivating question in the world is “Is that the best you can do?”

What makes it so powerful?

First, it’s simple.  Clarity dissolves resistance.  It’s a Yes or No question.  Even if you clutter up your answer with circumstance or BS; you know the real answer right off.

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4 Steps in 2 Minutes

In this quick 2 minute video, I give  you guys a step-by-step step look at exactly how I got started with my exercise habit a few years ago.

 

 

This would be a great thing to watch, then think about how you could copy those steps and improve your own health with an exercise habit.

 

 

 

 

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How Hope Motivates

Hope is the most powerful change agent in the world. It motivates people like you and me to do things we never believed possible and changes the world on a regular basis. It changed my life.

It’s able to do that because it uniquely bridges that gap between those awesome rewards (which are way in the future, uncertain, or not probable) and the very real risks of change that loom large at the beginning of any challenge.

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18 months ago, I was overweight & out of shape.  After much work, luck, family support, and undoubtedly some help from above, I have learned to run marathons, triathlons, and even became an IRONMAN 140.6 finisher in Boulder, CO (barely!), accomplishing some of the biggest goals I have ever set for myself.

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Success!

When these ideas first started working for me, you can imagine I got pretty passionate about sharing them with other people.  One of the first was a friend of mine from Texas.

In her early sixties, the stresses of her professional job and family responsibilities had crowded out any outdoor activities and healthy eating habits.  Her weight had crept up steadily over the years.

When we sat down to have lunch one day last January, she told me she was an unhealthy 170 lb and struggling with blood pressure & blood sugar issues.  She said diets didn’t work for her, and asked me how I had lost so much weight and kept it off.

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