You may recognize “systems thinking” as a business and engineering buzz phrase. But it also applies to ourselves as people.
Definition: Systems Thinking uses habits, tools and concepts to better understand the linkages and interactions among components of a complex system. This helps identify leverage points to achieve desired outcomes.
Thinking of ourselves as a system, there are clear “linkages and interactions” among mind (intellectual functions), heart (emotions) and body. With the goal of “achieving desired outcomes”—in this case, how about greater effectiveness and ease in both work and personal-life roles?—let’s take a look at two types of linkages and interactions here.
1. How investments of time and energy in fitness/nutrition improve our our intellectual effectiveness and our sense of emotional well-being (the two of which are, in turn, mutually reinforcing by the way).
2. How persistent inability to find time, motivation or discipline for our physical health is often a symptom of emotional or intellectual blockages we should work through.