LIT: The Tools

Unlocking LIT: Essential Tools and Insights

How can you use LIT to break old patterns and spark new ideas?
It starts with Activation Energy.

Watching a show you like or eating a few cookies from that package of your favorites? Shopping online or continually scrolling social media? These activities have a low activation energy, because you already gravitate toward them, especially media use, as everything about the technology and user experience is meticulously designed to entice us and hook and hold our attention. How about cleaning out the closet you’ve avoided for six months or hauling yourself to the gym on an off day? Just not feeling it? For something that’s already unappealing to you, the activation energy is higher because you’ve got to overcome inertia or resistance. Often, we actually have the energy to do all of these things but our lack of motivation makes the activation energy needed feel high. Our bodies and brains naturally want to conserve energy. Lowering the activation energy level boosts our cognitive agility and flexibility.

The obstacle to action is the energy it takes to get started – the activation energy.
It’s the amount of purposeful energy it takes to get something started and then to continue with it. Activation energy constantly influences our everyday choices.

With LIT tools, you’re in control. You can take the first steps to make starting easy, build on your success, and stick with your plan.
Experimenting with LIT tools helps progress to a LIT mindset leading to LIT action. Try it now!

Streamlining the Journey: Lowering Activation Energy for Success

Whatever the first step may be, it always becomes easier when you find ways to reduce the activation energy.
Get the ball rolling, and lower the activation energy. Activation energy is the amount of purposeful energy it takes to get something started and then to continue with it. In the figure above, activation energy is the effort required to push the ball to the top of the hill, where the last nudge sends it over the top and down the other side. In any effort, once you get the ball rolling, momentum works in your favor and the next steps become easier. You can break larger goals into smaller steps, then lower the activation energy for each one.

LIT tools essentially cue the brain to cut through inertia to initiate action. Whatever the first step may be, it always becomes easier when you find ways to reduce the activation energy. Here are four lit strategies that will effectively lower activation energyas you engage with any of the tools ahead:

  • MINIMIZE OBSTACLES. First, identify the sources of resistance for you, then change what you can or ask others for help to do so.
  • MAXIMIZE REWARDS. These can be anything that gets you excited,brings you joy, energizes you, calms you or quiets your mind, or gives you a feeling of accomplishment.
  • MAKE THE MOST OF MOMENTUM. Take advantage of what I call the velocity of intention to boost momentum. Once you become aware of your intention and then start acting on it, that builds momentum and the velocity increases. It’s easier to pick up speed when you are already moving. So tap the energy of a conducive environment or motivated others around you; they’re a motivational accelerant. Consciously cultivate a habit of action over inaction and intentional actions over habitual ones.
  • PACE YOURSELF. Think of everything as a pendulum swing or the way biorhythms affect your energy levels, metabolism, attention, mood, and every other aspect of your physical and mental functioning. Depending on where you are in that pendulum swing or cycle, you can lower the activation energy in different ways and use LIT tools to alter your trajectory.

In other words, motivation, momentum, and proper timing can reduce activation energy.

Get the Ball Rolling!
Lower the Activation Energy.

Pinch Your Brain: Attention Is Your Superpower

Interrupt mind drift and the pull of distractions with intentional tugs.
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Flip the Switch – What’s Holding You Back?

Intercept routine patterns to make simple, deliberate changes.
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Press “Pause”: Protect Time to Be and Behold

Prioritize time for unhurried play, solitude, and silence to recharge your spirit.
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Hug Nature: Revitalize Your Roots

Embrace your place in the natural ecosystem and connect with life’s powerful resources to flourish.
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