Feed Your Soul, Change for Good


There is a good chance that there is something in your life that you want to change. Maybe it is your health, your fitness, your work performance, a relationship status or just how you feel every day. Or maybe it is something bigger–financial empowerment for teens, sustainable practices for the environment, diversity awareness in your community or world peace.

We can all relate to having a burning desire or intention and feeling confounded by how to flex our impact and influence in the world, especially when the start is great, the load is heavy, and it feels like failure is imminent. These are challenges to character and also to behavioral science. The trick is to be flexible and to know that no matter how seemingly unsurmountable, there is something that we can do that will make a difference and that it is within our personal locus of control.

Our cover story is one of our most exciting yet: We celebrate a partnership between 24 Hour Fitness and a team of world-renowned scientists studying behavioral change across all domains. The Behavior Change For Good initiative is led by Angela Duckworth, author of the best-selling book “GRIT” (Scribner, 2016), MacArthur “Genius” grant winner; researcher, founder and CEO of the Character Lab and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. With Wharton School professor Katherine (Katy) Milkman, Duckworth will lead the effort to understand why people with good intentions fail to turn actions into habit—whether saving for retirement, taking life-saving medication or exercising regularly.

In this issue, we also catch up with Danetha Doe, who inspires companies and individuals to greater financial empowerment. We take a deeper and timely look at fascia, coinciding with scientists’ recent reports of a new organ—the interstitium—that connects our anatomy in ways we’re only just beginning to understand. Two new workouts keep your tissues healthy, and we get expert perspectives on the latest “prescription” waters that are meant to keep us hydrated—and more.

April Editor’s Challenge: Get Moving and Stay Flexible

Charles Harrington, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Psychology and Education of Columbia University and author of “Paths to Success” (Harvard University Press, 2000), worked with Susan K. Boardman to study groups of middle-aged Americans from impoverished as well as middle-class backgrounds. Their research found those who succeeded were pathmakers against all odds. We challenge you to make it so with these steps.

Step 1: Get moving

Brendon Burchard says change starts with an intention—and requires action: “First it is an intention, then a behavior, then a habit, then a practice, then second nature and then simply who you are.”

Step 2: Stay Flexible

Psychological factors play a very important role in overcoming any excuses—real or imaginary. The pathmakers in Dr. Harrington’s research had a strong achievement orientation and an internal locus of control. However, social support networks and significant role models were also important, including religious activity, school teachers and family members.

Take one small action and when you feel yourself getting stronger, raise your ambition to do more and be more. Stay flexible and listen for what is holding you back, respond to that and restore your faith in yourself and your commitment to your goal. This month, step up to the challenge to create the impact and changes that you want for yourself and the world.


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