Change the name, change the game

I love to exercise.  Well, I love to do aerobic exercise.  Several years ago I decided that it was probably a good idea to do some weight lifting and core exercises too.  I’m not very strong and I didn’t want to end up injured.  So I started weight training twice a week.  It was not very fun.  It’s still not very fun.

Recently I drove past a fitness gym with a sign out front advertising a the opening of a new strength room.  Something clicked inside my head when I saw that sign.  I don’t want to “weight train,” since it’s no fun and it’s hard work, but I do want to do “strength train,” since I want to be stronger and better able to move through life.  The only real difference between the two activities, of course, is the name!  The exercises, at least for me, will be the same.  So I’ve started adding “STRENGTH TRAINING” to my to-do list instead of “weight training.”  The name change makes it a bit easier to walk down into the basement and do the first set of exercises.

Here’s another activity that I don’t enjoy:  culling and editing pictures after a photography session.  It’s true.  There are so many decisions to be made while sorting through images after a session, and it can be overwhelming and time consuming.  I like the end result – a coherent set of images that tells the story of time spent with a family.  But I don’t love the work of getting to that result.  I’ve thought about how I can rename that process to make it more … inspiring and sound more … fun.  What I’ve come up with is “Pulling and Polishing.”  The  name change reminds me of what I’m doing (pulling out the good images from the bad) and the end result (beautiful images that are polished and ready to share).  The end result is worth it, just like getting stronger is worth it.

Next on the renaming agenda – a new name for having sick kids.  We’ve had the stomach bug going around for ten days and the best I can come up with is:  “It’s not lice, it’s not malaria.”  I guess I’ll have to keep working on that…

One more thought from a book I just finished, Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin:

Watch your language.  The vocabulary we choose influences how we perceive a task.  …  Different vocabulary appeals to different people; speak to yourself in language that you find most compelling.

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