At Pro-Motion, we understand that every person is 3-Dimensional, comprised of mind, body and spirit. The foundation for “quality of life” involves functioning successfully in each of life’s three dimensions – physical, psychological, and social.
We have a natural push toward integrating our mind, body and spirit. This is what creates health. The regular and reliable satisfaction of goals is essential if we are to thrive and survive.
Moved by this concept we have attached small ideas of import to each of the areas. Mind (Be connected). Body (Be Strong). Spirit (Believe).
“Believe” is a central tenet of Pro-Motion. More than a process to better health, functional fitness defines a change in lifestyle, a realization about the interconnectedness of our mind, body, and spirit.
The principle of “Believe” urges us all to understand the spiritual component in our lives — faith in ourselves, others, our environments, and beyond. One way to engage in this idea is through a process we call, “DILIVAR.me,” a map to creating intention toward change.
Briefly, this process unfolds as follows:
It all begins with decide. Make your goal clear, precise, and strong. Discover the rules that mean success or failure and unlock the pros and cons. There’s no use in creating an impossible and undefined goal. A goal of “losing weight” is important and potentially achievable, but it’s not defined. A goal of completing a marathon within the next month is defined but impossible. So make your goals clear, precise, and strong.
The next step of the process is intention. How can you develop your aim toward completing a goal? Intention could involve minor goals to achieve a larger goal, like walking a 5k before running a 5k. Intention can also mean a plan. This step encourages you to consider the factors behind your goal and the steps you need to take to achieve it. Intention provides the dynamics for behavior and sets its boundary conditions. Intention has spiritual implications. Wayne Dyer says, “Intent is a force that exists in the universe…when those who live of the Source beckon intention, it comes to them and sets up the path for attainment.” Additionally, the Bible says, “As you think, so shall you be.” (Proverbs 23:7 paraphrased)
After you decide and set intention, the next part is leverage. Leverage occurs with action. There’s no use in setting a plan unless you enact it. With action, you will gain ground on your intended goal. Ask the question, “What would making a change or accomplishing this mean?”
Add the positive things it will mean by doing the action.
Add the negative things it will mean by not doing the action.
- Associate massive pain with not changing.
- Associate massive pleasure with changing.
After leverage, interrupt the old pattern. Work toward a re-engineered environment and remove the old cues associated with your old way of life. Manage your behavior by managing the environment that the old behaviors occurred in.
Additionally, vision plays a crucial role in the goal setting process. You need to be able to see what the future holds, to envision a higher quality of life. Vision offers hope that the work you are doing will pay off.
Create a new empowering alternative — the miracle question!
Look for secondary gain for not changing; feel the emotional pain of giving up the secondary gain; feel it.
Action triggers are an easy way to create instant habits. Put simply, an action trigger occurs when you tell yourself you will do X when Y occurs. The path toward a higher quality of life is difficult and action triggers provide the opportunity for you to create effective habits without necessarily thinking about them. These triggers are meant to be easy. For example, order water (X) when you are at a restaurant (Y). Seek to make the process easier for yourself by not overthinking!
From action triggers, you can move to repeat the process, forming a habit. Habits are actions without thought, a natural tendency toward actions you have trained your body to do over time. Forming new habits, therefore, requires practice. Just like a baseball player needs to continually take batting practice to perform well during a game, you need to train your body toward healthier habits.
“Me” stands for means we use to arrive at our goal.
We can divide all of our goals into two different parameters around the means we will use to get there. We call them the target parameters and the manner parameters.
Target Parameters are the quantitative measures that are the heart of your plan. They are determined by the “DILIVA” portion of the goal setting process. They delineate the direction to your goal, the time to your goal, the distance to your goal, and the position to goal.
On direction, ask yourself about your destination? Where do you want to go? Where do you see yourself once you’ve achieved your goal? Is it a lower pants size? Is it timed number for your mile run?
Regarding time to the goal, when do you plan on arriving? Is it a 6-month timeline? A year? Is there a specific event you are aiming toward?
Closely related is the distance to goal. Distance provides the roadmap which specifies the shape, length, and obstacles on the pathway there.
Position to goal gives definition to your state. Where are you now in relation to where you want to be? This knowledge allows you to know at any time where you are along you’re journey and it acts as a mile marker to the larger goal
On the other side of the means is the Manner Parameters. They are qualitative measures that relate to how you are going to address each of the quantitative targets. This is where professional guidance can be helpful.
Manner parameters guide the direction to the goal. They can be dialed in by making sure it is a top priority and creating willpower helping you aim yourself toward your target. It is where you decide and create intention.
Manner parameters assist with the timing. It gives clarification and then initiation once you define how much effort you can reasonably apply to your goal. It is important to include rest time in order for you to successfully reach your goal.
Regarding distance to goal, manner parameters assist how distance should be plotted by addressing what the landscape on the way looks like. What obstacles are in the way? It is important to dedicate a certain amount of energy and weekly effort to overcome the inertia of your old ways and develop momentum to keep you moving forward.
And finally in relation to positioning, manner parameters remind us of the great benefit to have intermittent measures that give you immediate feedback regarding how well your plan is working. In this way, they work a bit like a GPS system. Knowing where you are on the map will help give you a clear picture of where you are in relation to where you plan to end up. This knowledge creates reasons to celebrate, reasons to re-aim, and reasons to slow down, or reasons to speed up.
So remember, it’s important to…
…measure your results. It is crucial to gauge the progress you are making toward your desired goal. The means by which you find this measurement comes from target parameters and manner parameters. These parameters give you the quantitative measurements that give your specific numbers to target and qualitative measurements the give you the best opportunity to reach your goals.
Ultimately, if you aren’t making progress, look back over the process and tweak it accordingly.
The DILIVAR.me process allows you to orient yourself toward a health-plus lifestyle. It gives you an opportunity to “Believe,” to see deeper and to trust in yourself and others, realizing functional fitness so that you may achieve better. Not sure where to start with your goals? Let us know. We’ll be glad to help!