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Flight Path

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Have you ever been heading in one direction, chatting away and suddenly found yourself somewhere unexpected?

You could ask yourself this question about a time you may have been merrily following the crowd, walking or driving on a motorway, OR you could ask this question in relation to your health and wellbeing.

Merrily going through life and suddenly realising you were overweight, are heading for burn-out, hate your job, addicted to your phone or have no relationship with your spouse and kids?

I believe, in the same way, that no-one ever sets out to find themselves in a different location than they intended,  no one sets out to become overweight, burnout, or starts a career they know won’t fulfil them. No-one intends for their phones to feel like an extra limb, for their job to rob them of their family, or to grow apart from the people they love the most. But it happens. More often than we would like.

The law of momentum goes something like... “everything will continue on its current path unless something else pulls or pushes it off that path” (Sorry if I’ve offended any physics experts with my naive explanation!).

This means, once we set out on a path, in theory, we should stay on that path indefinitely! That’s a little like what we see when we watch astronauts float around in space. So why don’t see that here on earth?

Because there are usually other forces at play at the same time. On earth, we have gravity which is a force that is always pulling us towards the ground. This may seem like a strange concept, but if we take a second to stop and think about it, we’ve learned to overcome it from only a few weeks old as we learn to hold the weight of our head up, and every day since, use our muscles to create counter forces that push and move us up and on when we need to.

Now, we simply take adjusting for gravity for granted - Can you think of the last time you stopped to think about the effect gravity was having as you went about your day?

We rarely notice many of the forces occurring every day that subtly distract and pull us off course, even by one degree. One tiny degree from 360 degrees off course might not seem like much, but if a rocket was launched into space only 1 degree off in its flight path, it could miss the moon by around 6,700km! That’s twice the diameter of the moon itself!

We tend to only notice the sudden effects of outside forces when they seem to come in suddenly, and from no-where, for example two cars coming from opposite directions in a head-on collision, a heart attack, type 2 diabetes or a cancer diagnosis, or we eventually notice the cumulative effect after a period of time.

The only way to prevent us from ending up somewhere we’d rather not is to stop and check our current “flight path”  regularly.

If you want to be intentional about anything, try doing these 5 steps!

  1. Start with the end in mind; Ask yourself, if you could move your life forward by 10 years, what would you want it to look like?
  2. Check your current co-ordinates; If you continue ‘going with the flow’, where you are currently heading?
  3. Is that where you intended to head?
  4. If there is a difference? Try and identify what force is pulling you off course and make adjustments accordingly.
  5. Rinse and repeat regularly.

Being intentional about these steps will mean you can’t go too far off course before you notice, and can then choose to make adjustments.


If your flight path is off and you want to start on your journey towards being more intentional about your health then why not download our FREE Intentional Health journey workbook by clicking the picture below.

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Momentum

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This morning, I am feeling very appreciative of help and others. For those who don't know, I have just spent 9 days in bed with a nasty dose of the Flu. Big thanks to all of you who have sent messages of encouragement and well wishes, to those who brought food and flowers and transported kids, and the patience of all those who I didn't get to respond to for a while.

As I dozed, I thought often about how much I appreciate others. I’m not just talking about when I have the flu, but by being part of a meaningful, bigger community.

It was so encouraging to hear about the impact others were making delivering Intentional Health programmes in communities around the country, whilst I couldn’t even get out of bed.

I also appreciated how much I miss team members, one who has recently left to do some amazing things, and one who was on holiday, and I realised how much I personally appreciate and value others to help keep me going - Never more so than in getting going again after a period absence! Which brings me to today’s topic - momentum.

When I am well, I have to be intentional about resting and not overworking - mainly because I love what I do so much, but I still want to make sure I have a healthy margin in place and I am present for my family and friends. This extended time-out has shown me that I have been blessed by resting, and spending any energy that I had to find out how my kids days have been, and also some meaningful listening around teenage life. I was grateful to even be able to help with a little GCSE exam revision. (For those into physics: Momentum = Mass x Velocity).

As I was stuck in bed and began to think about getting myself back to work, I realised how I had 'run out' of momentum.

…My team mass was depleted and I wasn’t moving anywhere.

Admittedly, I will still need to take it easy until I am fully recovered, but at first, I didn’t even know where to start - how do I regain momentum?

Thankfully, Gareth helped me with some of his Motivational Interviewing coaching principles as momentum is linked to motivation, and I thought I’d share them with you, in case you find yourself lacking in momentum or not knowing where to start.

He asked me 3 questions that helped:

  1. On a scale of 1-10, how motivated are you right now?
  2. Remind me why you do what you do?
  3. Tell me what one small thing you can do that would take that motivation up one mark?…..do that one that thing.

My small thing was to write this blog, and it has helped me get going again. And thank you for being part of our Intentional Health family and reading it, you motivate me to keep going :)

Let me know where might you be able to use these 3 questions to help you make some progress this week?

Photo Credit:Dane Deaner


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If you want to start or gain momentum again on your journey towards being more intentional about your health then why not download our FREE Intentional Health journey workbook by clicking the picture below, to help you on your journey to living a healthier, happier life.

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Where am I?

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Photo Credit: Jamie Street

Living in Cornwall means we often hear stories of people who go swimming in the sea, only to look up and find they have drifted a long way from where they thought they were - sometimes only noticing they have drifted into potential danger after the lifeguards show up!

It is similarly easy to drift after making any new healthy choices, back to our old unhealthy habits. The scientific term for this is "behavioural drift". Drift is common in our western world around our food, fitness, feelings or faith because it is often far easier, cheaper and more convenient to make unhealthy choices than healthy ones. For example:

  • Chocolate, cake and biscuits don't spoil as fast as fruit and veg, and our brain craves sugar.
  • Our brains are hard-wired to conserve energy, so 'moving more' than is absolutely necessary by taking the stairs instead of the lift, requires effort.
  • Negative thoughts that once could have offered protection from harm by retrieving memories of dangerous physical environments, now retrieve negative thoughts that impact our relationships.
  • Spiritual disciplines like reflection and prayer can be tough when there is always so much to do, leading us to become more 'human-doings' than 'human-beings'.

We can avoid drifts in the sea by understanding:

  1. where we can swim safely,
  2. where any currents are likely to take us, and
  3. keep regular checks on some predefined landmarks to always know where we are.

In the same way, we can avoid or overcome behavioural drifts by being intentional about:

  1. putting ourselves in the direction of good and healthy options,
  2. intentionally avoiding negative and unhealthy options, and
  3. regularly using facts and data to check in as to 'where we are' in relation to where we want to be.

If you want to start on your own journey towards being more intentional about your health then why not download our FREE Intentional Health journey workbook by clicking the picture below, to help you understand where you are on your journey to living a healthier, happier life.


If you want to help us prevent sickness, save lives and inspire healthy communities by equipping people to avoid the drift that means 75% of us will have our lives cut short or severely impacted due to poor health, you can do that by becoming an Intentional Health Church PartnerAngel or Prayer Warrior.


And as always, if you found this post helpful or inspiring, please share it so others can benefit too! and please do tell us how you are avoiding unhealthy behaviour drifts!

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When? 

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Photo Credit:Tim Mossholder

If, as the saying goes, twenty years ago was the best time to plant a tree, when is the best time to be intentional about your health?

Is it ...

  • when your jeans don't do up?
  • when you feel exhausted?
  • when you notice you are cranky with your family?
  • when you come out of the doctor's appointment?
  • when you get 'old'?
  • when you retire?
  • when getting out of bed every day is a struggle?
  • when the weekend/holiday/party is over?
  • when you realise you have control over your thoughts?
  • when "they" change ...?
  • or when you know you probably should but ... [fill in the blanks with relevant excuses]

The answer is probably yes to all of the above - but there is an even better time, and that time is now.

Right now.

Right now is the best time to be intentional about your health. In fact, right now is the best time to be intentional about anything.

Each time you make a choice, good or bad, there are consequences.

Every time you make a choice in the direction of good, positive or healthy things, the consequences pull you in a good direction.

These small steps all move us in the direction of progress, despite rarely seeing these consequences occur instantly, or in the moment - especially when it comes to our health and wellbeing!

But just like we can't easily see everyday germs, we know they will build up to levels that will make us sick if we don't wash our hands.

That means regularly being intentional, even in small steps like:

can all add up and make a difference.

So today's thought: Never leave your future self in charge of something as important as your health and wellbeing.

Never put off tomorrow what you can do right now.

None of us has a guaranteed tomorrow. Plus, one day, you'll find yourself enjoying the fruit and be sitting under the shade of that tree you planted 20 years ago.


PS - Don't forget, if you've been thinking about becoming an Intentional Health Church PartnerAngel or Prayer Warrior - and want to partner with us to prevent sickness, save lives and inspire healthy communities - now is the best time for that too! ;-) 

"Intentional..."

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"Intentional..."

I don't know about you, but everywhere I hear people talk about making a difference, making life better and making life count, they talk about being intentional.

Here at Intentional Health we also recognise that intentionality is relatively simple - you decide on your future, today - You have a vision or a goal for your future self that is better than your current self.

It may be simple, but that doesn't mean it is always easy!

In today's live webinar, Tonya and I are exploring how setting goals can help us be more intentional.

If you want to join us for the LIVE Goal Setting webinar 10 am (BST) this morning - you can register by clicking the link below.

https://app.webinarjam.net/register/35515/a92d62e181

If you have a goal that you want to set - we might even be able to help you set a SMART version of that very goal, live in the chat!

You can also click on this link to register for the replay.

https://app.webinarjam.net/replay/35515/a92d62e181/0/0

If you would like to download our free Goal setting worksheet, you can click on the link below to let us know where to send it.

Free Goal Setting Worksheet

https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/232104?v=6

Why not be intentional right now about being intentional with your future self?

Til next week!

Niky & Team