If you have not already done so, please read Part 1 of 3: The Power of Commitment and Part 2 of 3: The Power of Design. This 3 series post is designed to increase your awareness in the area of success when read in sequence.
This part is unfortunately where we fail the most. There is a variety of reasons why we fail here but they all have one thing in common: inaction. The inability to follow through. Experience is so powerful because it combines execution with learning. When you experience what you have designed, you come back with a wealth of information and insight you will not gain any other way.
You are also incapable of designing more steps (a step is an action you need to take) if you don’t experience the ones you came up with. This is because some steps are dependant on what you have learned from previous ones. You cannot skip steps.
Here is an example: your energy levels are 2 out of 10 in the morning, you decide to start bringing your energy levels and focus in the morning up to 9 out of 10 (commitment). You do some research and realize you have to limit your screen time at night for you to sleep well (design). You follow through for a week and realize your energy levels have improved to 5 out of 10 (experience). You go back do some more research and realize you need to hydrate well in the morning (design). You follow through for a few days and find your energy levels are now up to 7 out of 10 (experience). You go back to the drawing board and consult an expert, they point out your breakfast is too small and needs to be larger and more balanced (design). You follow through for a few days and finally find your energy levels at 9 out of 10 in the morning (experience).
NONE of this would have happened had you not set out to experience the very first step you designed. That is the power of experience.
The power of design is magnified by analysis and research. Analyzing outcome measures (energy levels) and researching different ways to improve it its a powerful way to design stronger steps. This all feeds back into the design component and allows you to design more powerful steps/habits. Of course the commitment level must remain a constant for this cycle to keep occurring. If there is no commitment there will be no desire to follow through.
And there you have it, the three powers that drive success in your health (and any other area in life really). Master it and watch your life change.
Share some steps you have designed and experienced. Were you able to keep good habits in place?
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