What is your ‘E’ to getting mentally fit?
For the practical activity relating to ‘E’, the team at Get Mentally Fit are going to read 1 topic of the children’s E-ncyclopedia Britannica to our daughter Alora nightly. Considering Seligman’s PERMA model, relating to authentic happiness, this activity will support the attainment of all 5 key element aims.
Maybe you could focus on your E-nergy management, by learning some breathing exercises, practicing yoga, or simply using your strengths to recharge during break times at work (see ‘D’s’ article for some tips) or immerse yourself into the E-nvironment (urban or rural). We look forward, as we do every fortnight, to seeing and hearing about what your ‘E’ activity is going to be, or what it was.
Alternatively, if you are thinking of setting up an activity with your kids, check out this link (don’t eat each too many donuts: www.pinterest.com.au/janamarie76/letter-e-activities/
What is the focus of this fortnight’s article?
At the end of this fortnight the A-Z to getting mentally fit program will have reached the 10th week. It’s has been encouraging to witness many of the A-Z members progressively building positive habits, which is a result of undertaking their fortnightly activities and consuming the supporting readings.
We also know, however, that many members will be struggling to consistently prioritise the program activities and readings into their fortnight. To help support you all during the rest of the year, so we can minimize this struggle, we have decided to focus on concepts relating to habit formation and distractibility in the next two articles.
Rather than re-invent the wheel we have offered Nir Eyal’s fantastic research into distraction and how to be ‘indistractable’. A brief summary is offered in the 7 minute video below. If you wish to view Eyal’s full presentation (42:56) that summarises the key points from his research into distractibility and mastering distraction, you can find a link in the ‘Want to learn more?’ section at the end of this article.
The key questions?
How can we easily provoke and form habits? and… How do we avoid distractions while skillfully gaining traction in our daily, personal and professional life?
Findings from ‘indistractable’
Distraction, it turns out, is not about the distraction itself; rather, it’s about how we respond to it.
Therefore, we must consider how to identify the triggers of distraction and then create strategies to combat and control them, so we can make time for traction.
Jeremy Bentham identifies that nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure. That said, our drive to relieve discomfort is actually the greatest root cause of all our behaviour.
To master distraction, we must first learn to control discomfort. Without strategies to understand and skillfully tackle this process people often remain helpless victims in a tragedy of their own creation. Eyal, offers the highly effective Indistractable Model that illustrates how to skillfully overcome distraction (see below).
Take the first step to becoming indistractable!
At Get Mentally Fit, many of our programs and services are directly informed by the fundamental concepts of positive habit formation, which are a fundamental skill of mentally fit people with effective goal orientation. We highly value cultivating your ability to form positive habits, which allows us to skillfully support you to realise desirable, positive change.
Having the luxury of customising your program or service, you can explore habit formation and gain skillful traction. Contact us to enquire into how we can support you to reliably measure, and skillfully enhance, your current mental fitness and ability to gain traction in your personal and professional life.
Want to learn more?
We have deliberately divided the further learning sections, each fortnight, into three tiers of research (difficulty).
Lounging on the beach or heading out for a casual snorkel – light research.
Air-tank assisted buddy dive – more depth in the research and moderately challenging.
Deep dive into the splendorous depths – more rigorous academic research and an essential piece to mental fitness.
*LOUNGING ON THE BEACH OR HEADING OUT FOR A CASUAL SNORKEL…
Zoe Chance, ‘How to Make a Behaviour Addictive’, TEDx talk at TEDxMillRiver (2010)
*AIR-TANK ASSISTED BUDDY DIVE…
Timothy D. Wilson et al., ‘Just Think: The Challenges of the Disengaged Mind’, Science 345, no. 6192 (2014), 75-77.
*DEEP DIVE INTO THE SPLENDOROUS DEPTHS…
Lea Winerman, Suppressing the “White Bears”, Monitor on Psychology 42, no. 9 (October 2011),
David S. Pedulla and Sarah Thebaud, ‘Can We Finish the Revolution? Gender, Work-Family Ideals, and Institutional Constraint’, American Sociological Review 80, no. 1 (1 February 2015) pp. 116-39