For most of us, it’s the latter. We maintain our worldview, our habits, our routine and our circle of friends and family. We see the very same person (and situation) in the mirror today that we did yesterday. We “buy” our routine and our role in “the way things are” because that’s the story we’ve been living for as long as we can remember.
Perhaps YOU are active and YOU embrace a regular exercise routine, but it isn’t in YOUR story to connect your positive habit to the story of what you share with your less active members of your social network. Changing others takes too much energy. After all, they are merrily living their own story and life narrative.
Maybe you are the individual waking up to a notion that you’d like to be more active, have more energy and prevent or manage the health decline that’s been creeping up. Breaking habits and setting a new routine – not an easy action. It’s painful to even consider giving up the narrative we use to navigate our life. We vividly remember the last time we made an investment that didn’t match our self-story, or the last time we went to the ‘wrong’ restaurant or acted the ‘wrong’ way in when trying a new activity. No, that’s too risky- or is it?
We suggest that your social network – all your friends, family, co-workers and friends of friends – can empower the new narrative you’d like to create. In this “i inspire ExerWellness” blog there are hundreds of stories written by people just like you who have shared the new narrative around wellness that they have created. Every one of the stories has a part in nudging others to re-write their ExerWellness narrative.
- If you are currently active – invite a friend to join the fun (no lecture, just make it a game)
- If you are not active – reach out to a more active link in your social network (no need to get crazy, walk a bit, take a class and celebrate the effort)
- If you like games and puzzles – e-mail us and let us bring you into the secret world headquarters for amazing community ExerWellness. You could win prizes, provide youth scholarships for sports, fitness and you could be the change you wish to see in the world.
When patterns in what you do with leisure time and around regular exercise with the people around you become well-worn and ineffective, are they persistent because they have to be, or because the story demands it? We invite new stories, shared stories and your ExerWellness inspiration.