Importance of Visual Cues

by ~jenniferlynn on January 7, 2013

in Believe I Am

I feel like since just before Christmas, I have been in a bit of a funk. I feel a bit overwhelmed at work, at home, in the social networks, in the gym. A few weeks ago we took a little trip and I picked up a cute bracelet that because somewhat of a mental note for my future self.. it just said “Breathe.” Β That simple reminder sat on my wrist for a few weeks, until the cheap bracelet broke.. but the message was still there.

breathe bracelet

For Christmas, I received a similar, yet more structured bracelet (not from the hotel gift shop), and it’s cue to me was “Strong.” I’ve worn this bracelet throughout all of my Crossfit workouts and I often glance at it to remind myself in both my workouts and my personal life that I am strong. I am not saying that my life is horrible difficult, but once in a while, we need these kinds of reminders to ourselves, and what better way to place it somewhere that is there in just about every activity throughout the day!

strong bracelet

When I started using my Believe I Am journal a few months back, one of the key things that struck me was the visual cues that they encouraged, though they are more cryptic than wearing it right on your wrist, the cues are designed to be meaningful to the person who is using the cue, and not necessarily as a sign to the whole world that this is what your focus is.Β The cue “strong” has been my favorite since I first wrote about it, but now it seems like the words have spilled over into my personal life and not just my workouts.

believe i am visual cue strong

With my inconsistency in December with workouts and balancing everything, I have not done a recap post of December goals, nor have I created any set January goals. Rather than adding one more thing on my list of things to stress about doing, I decided that I will follow the lead of many other bloggers I’ve seen and just pick a word to focus on for this month. Well, two words for me. πŸ™‚

prioritize and organize

So the goal is to use the resources I have: my Believe I Am journal, my Crossfit WOD tracker book, my online calendar, my personal budget. I need to learn to use these tools and create a more structured, balanced, self. I feel once I can start restoring priorities and order in my life, I can then be more successful in all the other areas!

believe i am journal proof january

If you were to pick one word to summarize your goals this month, what would it be? Do you have any visual cues that you use to push you further?

Bethany Lee January 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm

I do not have goals specific to just this month, but i do have a word i am focusing on this year: give. I really like the idea of visual cues and i am going to add them to my life
I would love a cute little bracelet like yours that says give. I think i can make one. Hope all goes well and you get room to breathe this month. πŸ™‚

Jennifer Hudy January 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm

“Give” is a great goal.. I think we all get so involved in ourselves sometimes that it is easy to forget about others!

Alex Meyer January 7, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Blah, I am totally feeling the same thing this month. Just trying to ride the wave a bit until things settle down. It’s so easy to get a little overwhelmed this time of year. Hang in there! Maybe my word word be…Thrive? Look beyond the mess a little?

P.S. also behind on January goals…and December ones didn’t go too well either!

Jennifer Hudy January 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I’m hoping by the end of the month we’ll get back on track!!

Alex Meyer January 10, 2013 at 12:34 am

Agreed! I’m ready to get back in my groove.

Tasha Malcolm January 8, 2013 at 12:23 am

I love both of those bracelets. They have a simple, but powerful meaning. I love how you can use a journal to document your fitness progress. I don’t think I would be able to keep it up for longer than a week! It is more just me being lazy, I could make time if I didn’t forget about it. I think my main goal this month is just to be more patient with myself. I need to stop comparing my pre injury workouts until I can get my fitness level back to where it was in December of 2011.

Jennifer Hudy January 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Definitely need to take care of your health first and look at yourself on a different level than your pre-injury self. Almost need to retrain your body, it sounds like.
Patience is a great word to remind yourself!

RunFastMama January 8, 2013 at 9:40 am

Love it, glad you are taking a step back and getting the foundation taken care of as far as getting organized and setting time to prioritize things, I cant get anything done when everything is in chaos. I would use Strong for myself this month to get through the Goofy Challenge this weekend.

Jennifer Hudy January 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I hope you have an amazing time!! You’ve been training so long for this one!

Tara Gusmanis January 8, 2013 at 10:04 am

Hmmmm. I would say “intensity”. I really need to up the intensity of my workouts. Love the bracelet to BTW! Cheers, Tara

Jennifer Hudy January 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Sounds optimistic, Tara! πŸ™‚

Kat P. January 8, 2013 at 10:36 am

Endure! πŸ˜‰

Jennifer Hudy January 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Ah.. such is life.. πŸ™‚

Jacki January 8, 2013 at 10:40 am


Jennifer Hudy January 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm

I’m trying! πŸ˜‰ hehe.. Enjoy is a great one..

Mary Long
Twitter: inmyheadspace
January 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I like this idea. I think believe works well for me at this point in life. I started a workout journal and doodled words in the front like: play hard, strong, eat clean, focus… Sometimes you need a little reminder to stay on track.

Jennifer Hudy January 9, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I like having the reminder in my face.. just stop, take a minute, refocus, and be strong, or breathe.. or in your case, believe.. things will work out the way they’re supposed to!

katie @ fromicecreamtomarathon
Twitter: kda1114
January 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I have a bracelet that says “Persevere”. I love wearing it as I’m running, and when I think I can’t go on one more mile, that is a great reminder! Love your bracelets too!

Jennifer Hudy January 9, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Great word! I need to keep that in mind in my running!

Nicole January 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm

You could totally make another bracelet with the breathe metal bead πŸ™‚ Both bracelets have great cues!

You’ve been a great support for me these past few months with everything, so please know that if you need some support via email or otherwise, I’m here for you too πŸ™‚ HUGS!

Jennifer Hudy January 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm

It’s so cheap πŸ™ the bead started flaking the fake metal all off.. but the idea was really cute lol.
Thanks for the kind words, Nicole.. πŸ™‚

Courtney January 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Love the bracelets. I have one that says “Dreams Become Reality One Choice at a Time” and that is my motto lately!

Jennifer Hudy January 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Ooh.. I like that! And need to remember baby steps..

Rx Fitness Lady January 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

I haven’t chosen a word but I’ve enjoyed some of the ones I’ve seen other people choose especially patience! I think as I learn the ropes of the blogosphere I will adopt patience from my fellow friend and diligence so I ca keep up with this new adventure. You are definitely strong girl!

Jennifer Hudy January 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Man, patience is so important.. yet hard to remember sometimes!

Jyndia Schaible January 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I just stumbled upon your blog because we used a similar picture in each of our blogs. I agree with you 100% on writing things down or using visual reminders! I have to write my results of a workout or I lose track of the small things (achieving more reps, more weight, more strides/minute etc. Thanks for sharing this post!

~jenniferlynn January 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Thanks for the visit!
Care to leave your blog link? πŸ™‚

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