I mentioned this on Renee’s blog the other day, and then I realized I hadn’t mentioned it here. “It” is the concept of the JOLT, and it kind of speaks to what I posted yesterday about incremental change. It’s also a great way to get yourself back on track if you’ve been…drifting.
When I was tippy-toeing my way into this thing and casting about for a method, I came up with the idea of the JOLT: Just One Little Thing. I would tell myself, “Today, you have to do Just One Little Thing differently.” (Of course, I didn’t talk in capital letters to myself. That’s for effect. *g*) When I thought about all the changes I needed to make, I was overwhelmed. But when I had to do Just One Little Thing, I could handle it. I loved the feeling of waking up in the morning and thinking, “I need another JOLT soon.” And then I’d figure out something New! and Improved! to do.
Simple, yes. Cheesy, yes. But I’ll be damned if it didn’t work!
We can all handle Just One Little Thing. (And yes, if it’s the ONLY thing you’re doing right, it’s more than you were doing before, so pat yourself on the back for getting the first one out of the way.)
But! (and you knew there would be a but) one JOLT is good, but you don’t stop there. The idea is that you kind of chain a bunch of JOLTs together over time, and before you know it, you’re healthy and fit (or at least more than you were before) and feeling really great about your efforts.
My current JOLT is interval training on the elliptical machine. When I reach beginner level 3 and feel good about it, I’ll search around for another JOLT. It might be another exercise challenge, or it might be time to conquer my fear of zucchini.
Just One Little Thing. (At a time.)
What’s the one little thing you could do for yourself tomorrow?
(Happy Weekend, everyone! And thank you for visiting my blog!)