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Positive Energy 397 - Dichotomous Thinking

Dichotomy: division into two parts, kinds, etc.; subdivision into halves or pairs. 
2.division into two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups.

It's the exact same thing every year. New Year's resolutions are made and the gyms are full in January. By February, the numbers start to drop off and the gyms get less crowded.

If you are having trouble reaching a goal it could be you are blinded to possibilities by dichotomous thinking. Whether you want to trim down, eat healthier, save money, move more or learn to meditate, thinking you have only two choices dramatically cuts down your chances of success.  Here are some examples of thinking you have only two opposite choices:

1.  I can either eat well or enjoy my meals and have a good time with no limits at all.

2. I can either go to the gym every day or just give up on getting in shape.

3. I can either relax or be productive and get things done.

Dichotomous thinking cuts creativity out of problem solving.  It's really not a matter of going to the gym vs. not getting fit.  If you allow yourself to see the spectrum of choices you have to keep your body in shape goals become more attainable.  If you're not at the gym, how can you still keep your body in shape? Here are examples of full spectrum thinking:

1) I can take walks during my lunch break.

2) I can schedule "walking meetings" during my workday.

3) I can do some necessary reading while using a stationary bike.

4) I can handle phone calls while walking and using a hands free ear piece.

5) I can integrate stretching and yoga positions throughout my entire day.

6) I can keep a jump rope with me and workout in 5-10 minute sessions. 

7) I can create a small obstacle course with furniture in my home, office, backyard or park.

8) I can rebound while watching television.

9) I can dance to a playlist of my favorite songs.

10) I can do body weight exercises like planks, wall sits and push ups in short sessions throughout my day.

Now it's your turn to try a simple exercise. Think of a goal you would like to reach. Once you have it firmly in mind, write down 10 or more ways to reach your aim. Do at least 10 to stimulate your thinking. It's never a question of "this or that".  The possibilities are as unlimited as your imagination.

You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out.”
- Steve Jobs

All the best,

Bodywork, Movement & Holistic Lifestyle Design

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