Integrated Strategies for Whole Person Fitness, Episode 8

by Chip Richards |  Date Released : 16 Dec 2011

Welcome to the final episode of the Integrated Strategies for Whole Person Fitness video series!

We began this series with the introduction to something I call the “Congruence Wheel” – a simple model for exploring the interwoven relationship between our Mental, Emotional and Physical bodies – and how when our thoughts, feelings and actions all come into alignment within a given endeavor, we create a fourth element: Energy. Subsequently, we have journeyed individually through each of the primary elements of the Congruence Wheel (Episodes 2 – 5) to see how each contributes to the overall expression of peak performance and positive, lasting change, in sport, fitness, wellness and life. We expanded our exploration of energy (Episode 6) with a simple but powerful process I call the Life Force Balance Sheet, and last month (Episode 7) we jumped into a topic that virtually all trainers and coaches have to deal with at some stage in our work with clients and athletes – how to build and sustain genuine and lasting motivation. This month we have the chance to bring it all together with an exploration of an element that has been one of the most profound contributing factors in my own life and in virtually all of key breakthroughs and lasting change with clients and athletes. What we’re talking about is the power of cultivating a vision – our ability to reach beyond our past and current circumstance in order to create genuine energy around an aspired reality. We talk about the tendency to limit our visions for the future based on current circumstance and what we have (or have not) achieved in the past, and how this tends to lead to incremental improvement at best. We explore the challenge and importance of looking beyond what “has been” and “what is” in order to avoid bringing our past limiting beliefs and experiences into our future… and to open ourselves up to the wide-open field of our true potential. We talk about the difference between goal setting and cultivating a vision, and why both are important for different reasons. In one sense, cultivating a vision is very simple. In another, it is the most demanding because it draws upon each of the aspects of the Congruence Wheel and it calls for a level of discipline that many of us are initially not used to. That discipline is the act of being fully present and functional with what is currently going on, while simultaneously expanding our view to see possibilities beyond what we may have believed to be possible yesterday. In essence, I believe this is one of our greatest gifts and responsibilities… to ourselves, our clients and the world around us. To BRING new possibilities into reality, by having the courage to SEE, think and feel it first. Science tells us we are only beginning to scratch the surface of our true potential on so many levels. In my view, one of the first steps to bridging this gap is to stretch ourselves each day to think and see beyond what we thought possible yesterday. Open our minds to imagine the very highest outcome and then ask the question, “How could it be even better than that?” Take a breath. Take a step and challenge yourself to vision again. See the very highest outcome. For you, your business, and all those you work and interact with... cultivate the vision and then step boldly into it. You may be quite positively surprised where you arrive! Thanks for taking time to connect with this series…See you on the path!

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Chip Richards

About the author: Chip Richards

Formerly ranked #1 in the US for Freestyle Skiing, Chip served as head coach of the 1998 Australian Olympic Freestyle Ski Team and has mentored Olympic athletes (including four World Champions) from six nations. For the past 11 years, Chip has taken his passion for coaching into various business and creative industries. Merging ancient wisdom with the "inner science" of transformative change, Chip has guided film makers, musicians, business leaders, adventurers and wellness professionals on their journey of self discovery. In 2005, following eight years as Editor for PTontheNET, Chip founded the 4th Dimension Holistic Life Coach and Leadership program, aimed at empowering individuals to transform their lives. An internationally published writer and storyteller, Chip has published a variety of written works on the subject of human development, consciousness and wellbeing.

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