It’s been about 18 months since Oasis became Active Souls. I am happy with the decision; it brought more clarity about the mission of the business. Oasis felt like someone else’s dream and didn’t clearly articulate what I had in mind for my business and the name wasn’t exciting to me. As the leader, I wanted a name that identified what the business is and where we are going.
One of the first steps to changing the name was articulating the mission statement. This task felt daunting. I wanted it to clearly state what we are doing in the business. I knew I wanted our mission to be inspirational, not only to the staff and me, but our members, guests, and the community. I wanted it to be about more than fitness and Spa Services. With help from a few close friends and colleagues, we finally came up with this mission:
At Active Souls we encourage the women of our community DREAM BIG and have the PHYSICAL, MENTAL, and EMOTIONAL energy to achieve their dreams.
Breaking it down, first and foremost it is about community. We are happier when we know we have a support system that we can count on. Active Souls is a place where you will find like-minded women on a similar path to yours. Although we are different ages, body sizes, body shapes, education levels, and life stages, I feel we have more in common than we have differences. It is our community that supports, encourages, and challenges us.
The next part of he mission statement talks about DREAMS. I am a proponent of goal setting and my goals always start from my dreams and desires. Many times the goals I set for myself are based on a dream that I have. Taking time away from being busy to being helps us focus on what our dreams are and could be. I want Active Souls to cultivate a culture of dreaming and helping women manifest their dreams through goal setting, accountability, and options.
Physical, Mental, and Emotional Energy are the way we are able to go from dreaming to doing.
I’ll start with physical energy. When I think of physical energy I think of health. There are 4 components to physical energy; nutrition, fitness, sleep, and renewal.
Nutrition is about what you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat.
My advice is to keep it simple. Focus on Macro Nutrients – Proteins, Carbs, and Fat. Every time you eat, think about having a protein – lean meats, eggs, or dairy – a carb —fruits and vegetables, brown rice, bread – and a fat – olive oil, avocado, and nuts. Watch your portion sizes, especially with carbs and fats. By eating all 3 macronutrients at each meal and watching portion sizes, you’ll stay full longer and won’t have spikes in blood sugar normally associated with eating too many starchy carbs.
Next in terms of physical energy is fitness. Exercise is about how fit you are meaning how much oxygen your blood can transport at any given time. As we all know, working on your fitness levels come with great health benefits and great confidence benefits. And it can serve as the most important element to change your life into the one you want.
Charles Duhigg, author of the Power of Habit, says out of all possible habits and routines, the gym habit is by far the most powerful. The reason is simple – going to the gym creates a “cornerstone habit.” That means you can build any other habit you want around this habit. After you have a consistent fitness habit, it is easier to tackle any other challenge.
Next on the physical energy scale is Sleep. We need to recharge nightly and a good night’s sleep will help you do just that. As adults we need anywhere from 7 – 9 hours of sleep. The problem with not getting enough sleep is we don’t know were not getting enough sleep.
Do you ever notice when you don’t get enough sleep, your motivation and energy are low? Your body starts craving carbs and it’s harder to pass up the donuts in the break room?
Sleep is a natural state that is anabolic meaning it builds you up heightening the growth of the immune, skeletal, and muscular systems. Basically sleep rebuilds you and keeps you youthful.
High quality sleep fortifies your immune system, balances your hormones, boosts your metabolism, increases physical energy, and improves the function of your brain. With all the essential benefits that sleep gives you, you will never, I repeat you will NEVER, have the body and life you want without giving your body the right amount of sleep.
Finally we need to recharge throughout the day. Many of us are going all day and some don’t even take the time to go to the bathroom. YIKES! 5 minutes every hour to get up and stretch, take a short walk, or just breathe deeply are great, short ways to recharge throughout the day.
How well can you focus describes Mental Energy. How clear is your thinking?
Aristotle, the Greek Philosopher said “The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”
Mental energy helps increase not only focus and clarity; it is also linked to motivation, willpower, and productivity. The mind has a huge effect on your physical energy. Think about it, increased willpower and motivation often lead to healthier eating habits and less procrastination.
The way we think has an astounding effect on the way others perceive us and how we perform. When you feel confident, you look confident, and will perform more effectively increasing your likelihood of success.
Some tips for increasing mental clarity besides the obvious eating right, exercising, and getting 7 – 9 hours of sleep each night are:
- Declutter your mind – write down tasks and use your smart phone for reminders. That way you don’t have to remember every single thing and you can focus on the task at hand
- Keep your mind challenged but not fatigued. Learn a new skill or try a new hobby, do crossword puzzles, or pick up a book that you wouldn’t normally choose
- Break from your routine. If you constantly get to work and don’t remember how you got there, maybe it’s time to try a new route!
Emotional energy is about how happy you are. The first step in emotional energy is taking responsibility for your emotions because they have a strong effect on your energy levels. Taking responsibility for your emotions means your less dependent on external validation or circumstances to influence energy levels.
Stay in the present. Thinking negatively about the past can cause anxiety and thinking about the future can cause anxiety. Be in the present and accept the situation your in and take the best action your can. Wishing for a different situation or wishing your had done something different in the past will only cause anxiety.
Finally, surround yourself with positive people. We are social creatures and building relationships and community makes us happy and gives us energy. Spend time with people who think positively, have a lot of energy, and talk in a positive tone. It will make you think more positively and give you energy. There is a saying – you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. If the four other people are negative nellies, guess what, you’re right there with them. If your having trouble meeting positive people, listen to podcasts, read positive, affirming books and articles, and try being the positive force that attracts other positive people.
The last part of the mission statement is achieving your dreams. We are here to help. Over the next few months we will be creating more programs to help you with motivation, accountability, community, and energy. Stay tuned to Active Souls serving you, our community and all of us growing and getting better.