Mental Fitness Workbook

In 2017, I started a new job at Flinders University, not realising at the time that the new job would trigger in me a strong interest in understanding what constitutes a rewarding and satisfying life and how to build such a life.

As I started thinking about what constitutes a rewarding and satisfying life, I realised it was incredibly multifactorial and I needed a good framework or scaffold on which to put everything I was learning about the topic. I started building that framework in my head.

Eventually I got to the point where I felt I had a decent enough framework to start sharing it. It wasn’t that I felt that I had solved the challenge of defining a rewarding and satisfying life, it was simply that I finally felt I had something to share on the topic.

I’ve started capturing those ideas in a document that I hope eventually becomes a Mental Fitness Workbook.

Mental Fitness is the term I use to broadly describe the things we can do to ‘train our mind’. There are many ways to train one’s mind, but central to them all seems to be a desire for mastery of some kind. Mastery of topic, self, mind, emotion, meaning, body, choices and behaviour. We might all be trying to master something different and going about it in different ways, but we seem connected by a inner drive to be more competent. So I write about it.

Originally, I was writing ‘chapter-by-chapter and publishing those drafts to this site. However, it turns out that working sequentially wasn’t the best method. Instead I now just provide direct access to my book contents via a shared Google Doc. You can check in at any point and see where I am at in terms of narrative, chapters and content.

Although the Workbook is very much a ‘work in progress’, I do have a Mental Fitness workshop that I teach to students at Flinders and a handout that covers the main points. You are welcome to read the handout 🙂 It has the dubious distinction of having the worst cover page in history.