Hello all. My first words in this fine, collaborative effort. Thank you Joan for inviting me to contribute.
I read the nice post on attitude by Linda and cannot help myself thinking about a common mistake so many people often make (me too, I admit) when trying to change something. Either in our lives, our kids, colleagues ... no matter.
So often we think we need the right attitude BEFORE we see changes in behaviour. You know (coming from an ed-tech field here ...) "people must like computers and digital technology before they will change their ways of doing things" or "my child needs to like art in order to paint" or ... the list is endless! As an extension, we often say "I don't like exercise so I won't go even for a quick jog around the block (but if I DID like exercise I'd be out the door right now)".
The reality in most cases, if I presume horribly here, is quite the other way around. Let's take running for example.
Do we need to get all the great gear, measure up, set short and long term goals, hire a coach, buy $500 worth of motivational books, co-write an exercise motivation blog [ ;-) ] and have 'the right stuff and the right ATTITUDE' towards running before we peel our sorry backsides off the couch to do a mile lap around the block (BEHAVIOUR)?
Or do we simply go out one night in our daggy clothes (excuse Aussie vernacular) for what seems, and often is, a 'plod' (BEHAVIOUR) that sounds and feels like a rusty, badly tuned, early-model piece of farm machinery ... but after which we kinda say: "Huh, I ain't fit but I'm glad I did it..." (ATTITUDE)
Which one do you think works better and longer? Why?
Regards and ... go #temt !
Tomaz Lasic (@lasic)
"Enjoy your body: use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or what other people think of it; it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own."
(M.Schmich, The Sunscreen Song)