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The harder you work, the luckier you’ll get. You can take the success you’ve had so far and build on it to create the magic of an unexpected breakthrough. The secret is consistency. You never know when your new fitness and health habits will start to impact other areas of life. But it will happen. It’s called the Crisscross Effect. You start off pursuing a goal and unexpected, surprises have a way of showing up. For example, getting more sleep could lead to less stress and higher productivity at work. Or healthy eating habits might give you more energy to spend quality time with your kids.
Good things happen to goal-oriented people. This is particularly true for health and fitness goals. If you set clear goals and develop a plan for how you are going to accomplish them, the sky is the limit for your success! Pleasant surprises happen because you’re creating a new lifestyle. You’re developing a more positive attitude, which breeds positive action. You’re more aware of what’s going on and have the energy and willingness to take advantage of it.
Three areas seem to be especially valuable sources of the Crisscross Effect:
Success builds confidence, it’s that simple. Once you learn that you can control your health and improve yourself, you quickly realize that you can do anything you put your mind to. And it doesn’t take much.
Rosemary’s workouts pretty much consisted of running and training for a 5k race. Three weeks before the race, she hurt her shoulder and couldn’t run for two weeks. But she got through it and was still able to finish the race. This one goal success has given her the confidence to build a richer life by trying things she never would have before. Rosemary has also dedicated herself to her new management job, encouraging her employees to be more goal-oriented and using her new confidence to gain skills she still needs. The fact that she didn’t win the race doesn’t matter. She’s already seeing benefits outside of fitness.
So much of our lives can go unfinished or neglected because of a lack of energy. It can affect concentration, your daily endurance and your ability to even give something a shot. The Crisscross Effect of healthy living can bring that energy back.