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Call Your Shot: Well-Being Practice

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Here is the Well-Being Practice we recommend you try on for this week of the Challenge. To learn more about the intention behind the Well-Being Practices and how you can choose your own each week, read this article.

This Week, You’re Going to Call Your Shot

Simple Instructions:

  1. Before 9:00am each day (or by 2 hours after waking), identify and write down the most important thing for you to get done that day.
  2. Score a “yes” for completing the task that day.

Watch this video for an explanation of this Well-Being Practice from Whole Life Challenge co-founders Andy Petranek and Michael Stanwyck.

Why Is This Practice Important?

Life is often an undifferentiated mess of truly important things versus “fires,” the immediate problems that show up moment-by-moment. For a host of reasons, those fires pull our attention away from everything else. We resist doing what is important — our actual daily priorities — and we give false urgency to that which is not.

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If you can create for yourself what you say is most important and use it as your North Star, you’ll begin to see how swiftly you can navigate the shark-filled waters of other people’s concerns and daily non-urgent needs.

And once the big stuff starts to fall off your list, you’ll have no problem picking off the little things. With those large-looming actions removed from your plate, you’ll feel lighter and faster on your feet. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to get things done when you take the important things head on.

Therefore, this week’s Well-Being Practice is actually an exercise in creating clarity and truly declaring priorities.

For More on This Practice

Carolyn Freyer-JonesCarolyn Freyer-Jones is a professional life coach. She has supported hundreds, if not thousands, of men and women in launching new businesses, strengthening relationships, transforming careers, growing as leaders, and experiencing greater peace and joy.

To learn how Carolyn might advise you to “call your shot,” listen to this enlightening podcast.

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Michael Stanwyck
Michael Stanwyck is the co-founder of The Whole Life Challenge, an idea that developed during his seven years as a coach and gym manager at CrossFit Los Angeles.

He graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy as well as a degree from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, and feels food is one of the most important parts of a life - it can nourish, heal, and bring people together.

Michael believes health and well-being are as much a state of mind as they are a state of the body, and when it comes to fitness, food, and life in general, he thinks slow is much better than fast (most of the time). Stopping regularly to examine things is the surest way to put down roots and grow.

He knows he will never be done with his own work, and believes the best thing you can do for your well-being starts with loving and working from what you’ve got right now.