Strengthening the core

Howdy, sustainable institution readers!

                I am a runner and have been searching out some core building exercises. I recently started doing a yoga routine every few days as a way of building up core strength. I am mostly focusing on my core because it is helpful both for muscular strength and for building up endurance for sports I enjoy such as running.

            Starting yoga was in some ways tougher than I expected. I am in reasonable shape and do other core strengthening exercises such as scrunches, pushups, planks, squats, and supermans, exercises. Yoga worked these core muscles, however, in whole new ways. The balancing, for example, in certain yoga moves is more critical than in other core exercises, so that perhaps put pressure on these muscles that had not been previously experienced

            This led me to thinking about how organizations focus on their own “core” missions. First, one has to have a good sense of what goals one wants to achieve. While, sometimes, we may not know, in totality, how a “project” or mission is going to ultimately turn out, we might get a sense of how it “should” work, even imagining an ideal end result, which will come through our work on the objective at hand. From this, we get a sense of the awesomeness that should come about through our labors.

            Secondly, we actually put the work into development. Like building up strength and endurance, we have to actually going about creating and executing a plan to get the results that we desire. The work here is most critical. Not only do we have to create a plan that actually works, similar to exercises that create results, but we also have to do the work in order to get results. This means rejecting bad experiences, finding what works, and doing the work and devoting the time and resources needed to achieve the result that we want.

            When we start to get results, we need to celebrate that fact. In exercise, more energy, a feeling of happiness, even the way we look may go into how we “measure” our results. When our objectives are being met successfully, likewise, we need to celebrate that fact by recognizing those who have contributed to the objective/project. In some cases, we may even wish to share the results so that others can also be successful and/or so that we can achieve even greater results.

            In this vein, we should not necessarily quit when we reach a result. In an organization, that may not necessarily mean that we continue to do the same thing (although it might), but rather meeting goals is an indication that perhaps we can move the proverbial bar a little higher to achieve more things. Whether we end up doing the same activity or continue progress, we should monitor our base, our desires, and our overall progress.

            Be at your best,

            Andrew Bennett

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