Hello! My name is Dan Harvey.
This is a picture of me running. Shortly after the picture was taken, I stopped. Because it was the end of the race. And I was tired.
Not an especially interesting story, but a useful metaphor for a longer-term cycle I went through over and over again for years.
That is, I would try to run regularly, manage it for a while, and then give up.
This was unfortunate. It wasn’t just my physical health but also my mental health which benefited hugely from regular exercise. Long periods of inactivity, on the other hand, left me feeling unfit, out of shape, anxious and depressed.
So why was it so hard to stick to exercise, and how could I make it easier?
Clearly, the answers lay in the workings of my feeble mind.
Many moons ago I got a degree in psychology, and I continued to study the subject as I tried to influence people in my day job (international peace treaty negotiator) (OKAY MARKETING I’M SORRY). So I started to look at how I could apply psychology to help myself.
And it worked! Using psychological insights and research, I developed methods that made it far easier (and more pleasant) for me to stick to an exercise regime.
My approach is based on the fact that we have two distinct modes of thinking, or two minds. It uses the strengths of one mind to help overcome the problems caused by the other mind. And that, my friend, is Mind Leading The Mind.