LHI Tip of the Week – Compliment a Challenger!

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

A competition, like the 10 Week Wellness Challenge, is great for building excitement between friends, family, co-workers and even strangers. Competition is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the act or process of trying to get or win something that someone else is Imagealso trying to get or win.” In the sense of the 10 Week Wellness Challenge, we are competing to gain a healthy lifestyle but rather than competing against each other, we are competing with each other! As Helen Keller says, “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” and this definitely rings true during a lifestyle adjustment. You need the support of those around in order to constantly keep improving.

We challenge you to compliment a team member, a friend on another team or even a stranger you see making a healthy choice. Tell them what a great job they’re doing or ask them about their workout routine. While that person is also a challenger, you both have the same goal which creates trust and a sense of unity that will aid in your ultimate success. There are many reasons to compliment a challenger but here are just a few:

  • It’s an opportunity to partner up and make a new friend
  • You might learn something new
  • You will empower others to try and be the best version of themselves
  • You feel happier and so does the recipient

What do you have to lose by talking to the person next to you at the gym or someone you see wearing the Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge t-shirt? They’re going through the same process as you and while their goal may not be the exact same, the idea is still similar. Compliments enhance a person’s self-image and confidence, which are two key aspects in a healthy lifestyle change. Plus, who doesn’t love receiving a compliment about how great they’re doing!?

Giving a compliment is rather easy. Here are a few tips:

  • Be conciseImage
  • Be genuine
  • Be unique
  • Be specific
  • Acknowledge their effort
  • Tell them how it makes you feel
  • Use vivid language
  • Try not to use a backhanded compliment (acknowledging something negative in a positive light)

Try it out today! Compliment a challenger and you will immediately feel the positive effects it has on your ultimate success as a 10 Week Wellness Challenger participant!

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The Iowa Sports Foundation mission is to provide sports, recreation, health and wellness opportunities for Iowans of all abilities.
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