Dr. Paolo Terni is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology program and an International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach. He works with executives to develop their leadership skills and their ability to thrive at work and in life. He is the author of several peer-reviewed papers and of many books, including: Coaching Leader (2007); How to Make Change Easier: The Power of the Solution-Focused Approach Taught by 9 Children’s Stories (2012); and The 10 Ingredients for Mastery: How to Achieve Excellence Using Positive Psychology (2015).
Well-Being Practitioner: Chapter 1’s takeaway message in your book, The 10 Ingredients of Mastery: How to Achieve Excellence Using Positive Psychology, is to pursue mastery in something that matters to you. If my employer is offering me a cash incentive to change a health behavior, but I’m really not intrinsically motivated to make the change, am I likely to be successful? Why/why not?
Walking is the most popular fitness activity today, and with the aging population, should continue to attract those who want to maintain youthful vigor. But walking for health and inspiration isn’t a new invention. Here are some quotes from famous walkers you can use as trivia questions for your next walking promotion, incentive program, or door prize drawing (see the answers at the end of the article):
Troy decides he’s had enough; he’s ready to get fit, stop smoking, and eat right… now. He’d like your advice on the best way to tackle these changes. Should he focus on 1 at a time, or overhaul his lifestyle?
Traditionally, wellness professionals have favored the 1-step-at-a-time approach; we don’t want to overwhelm anyone. But a small University of California, Santa Barbara, study demonstrates that healthy young adults can successfully change several lifestyle behaviors at the same time.[i]
On a flight from Portland to Denver, our row in the cheap seats was filled with 4 burly guys and 2 average-size ladies. When the door to the plane was closed, one of the gentlemen got up to relocate to an empty row in front of us (not first class) — as has been the practice in airline travel forever. The following exchange took place between him and the flight attendant:
“Where are you going?”
“Up to the empty row.”
“You didn’t pay for that seat, did you?”
“No. But the door is closed and I thought…”
“It doesn’t matter. You didn’t pay for that seat. You need to go back to your seat.”