I’m letting you in on a family gem. The Garcias have a vacation playlist. We started it about 5 years ago and it is, in my humble opinion, a work of art.


Why? Well, it's collaborative, creative, and soul shifting in nature. Everyone can contribute song recommendations but they need to be voted in unanimously(ish). It holds past vacation memories and gets us all in a vacation state of mind even if we play it on a dreary day in March in New Hampshire. That’s the power of evoking positive emotions through a sensory experience.


You’ll hear anything from Bob Marley to Matisyahu, Los Lonely Boys to Dirty Heads, Ray LaMontaigne to Jack Johnson. How you’ll feel when listening is, well...pretty darn good.


Occasionally, when I need to do something “not so fun” like clean the garage, this playlist is what gets me through. It has the power to get me moving…joyfully! Sometimes, I need to fold an endless heap of laundry. I call a friend to connect while I fold. By changing my environment, I successfully and happily accomplish a task I don't usually enjoy. Every once in a while a toilet needs scrubbing, you know? I plug in a fun podcast and gleefully scrub away.


In Dr. B.J Fogg’s new book Tiny Habits, he talks about the importance of strong positive emotion when establishing new habits. Why? Easy. We do what feels good. (Cue the playlist.)


Dr. Fogg, Stanford University’s department head of Behavioral Science, dismisses the myth of establishing habits based on repetition. It does not take 21 days OR 66 days of doing something you hate repeatedly to have it become a part of the regular rotation. Do you know what helps lock in a new habit? Things that are associated with some sort of positive emotion.


It’s no wonder that our retention rates at our fitness studio are way above industry average. We have fun. It feels good. AG has a vibe because we "set the mood".


Good music + good people + good vibes = a habit you don’t ever want to break.


Dr Fogg has some additional research backed suggestions such as start small (actually tiny!) by scaling back your desired behavior to very minuscule steps, attach it to an activity you already do, and then make sure it is attached with a positive emotion. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!


So, instead of saying:


I’m going to the gym every day even though I hate it.


Say:


I’m going to my favorite class at AG on Wednesday morning before/after I (put the kids on the bus/take the dog out) and I can’t wait to see my friend Julia, listen to the best songs of 2020, and get my sweat on!


It feels different, right?


In January and February, we got clear on our vision for 2020. We all know what we’re hoping to achieve and where we want to go.


For each of the following months of 2020, we’re going to suggest ONE research backed way to reach your 2020 destination (remember our destination map?) and live your best life.


In March, we’re going to encourage you to “SET THE MOOD”! If what you’re doing, is fueling you with good positive vibes, it’s likely that you’ll stick with it.


Now here is the million dollar question:


How can you create an inspiring environment for your life that encourages the actions that you are most compelled to repeat?


Set the mood, friend.


I’m going to share one of the songs that made it into our family playlist this year. We add songs every year! This song was submitted by the baby in the family, my daughter Camila. We were all impressed with her choice (you go, baby girl!) and it received a resounding yes from all of us! We can’t wait to go on our annual beach vacation and groove to this great little tune.


Additionally, if you come to Club Cardio, it will be the cool down for March. We’re serious about SETTING THE MOOD at the studio every single day. Come vibe with us.


Cheers!


Angela



Sunday Best by Surfaces


Feeling good, like I should

Went and took a walk around the neighborhood

Feeling blessed, never stressed

Got that sunshine on my Sunday best


Everyday can be a better day despite the challenge

All you gotta do is leave it better than you found it

It's gonna get difficult to stand but hold your balance

I just say whatever cause there is no way around it cause


Everyone falls down sometimes

But you just gotta know it'll all be fine

It's ok, uh-huh

It's ok, it's ok


Feeling good, like I should

Went and took a walk around the neighborhood

Feeling blessed, never stressed

Got that sunshine on my Sunday best


Somedays you wake up and nothing works you feel surrounded

Gotta give your feet some gravity to get you grounded

Keep good things inside your ears just like the waves and sound did

And just say whatever cause there is no way around it


Everyone falls down sometimes

But you just gotta know it'll all be fine

It's ok, uh-huh

It's ok, it's ok


Feeling good, like I should

Went and took a walk around the neighborhood

Feeling blessed, never stressed

Got that sunshine on my Sunday best

Feeling good, like I should

Went and took a walk around the neighborhood

Feeling blessed, never stressed

Got that sunshine on my Sunday best

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