The Choose Movement Certification Program (CMCP) is a structured, low-daily-effort program designed to equip you to be more effective at applying your strengths, conquering fears and weaknesses, working with others, and identifying positive opportunities for yourself and others. The CMCP focuses on 13 interconnected behavioral skills that have been identified throughout history by historical figures, religious texts, and modern day researchers as keys to accomplishing these goals.

The structure of the CMCP follows Benjamin Franklin’s 13×4 character development method. As a participant, you will focus on one skill each week. You will be supplied with small actionable suggestions to help you practice and experience the use of each skill. At the end of the week you will move on to the next skill. After you have completed a week for each skill, you will start again from skill 1. However this time you will have experience with all 13 so you can apply the skills more effectively. Each additional run through the program reinforces all the skills while maintaining variety in your training.

We are currently running the CMCP through This is a free app and online service that enables you to receive your practice suggestions each day, set up reminders, participate in the Choose Movement community, and track your progress. See the Join page for information on how to begin.

The 13 skills you practice as part of CMCP are all important behavioral skills that businesses strive to find. As you participate in CMCP, your check-ins will be tracked which will add up and contribute to your overall certification level. The higher your level, the more you have demonstrated dedication to incorporating these skills into your life. CMCP is a clear and tangible measure for businesses to determine if a candidate actively incorporates these skills into their daily lives.

My dream is taking a risk and getting into the startup scene. I was able to take action this week by learning technical details of a project that I needed to start research with. It was tricky for me to do since I didn’t really know where to start, but asking questions just to get the process started has already helped immensely.
I’ve decided to stop letting the date affect my mental state when it comes to my grad school apps. Forgetting about the calendar and not putting so much pressure on me to hit benchmarks has made a marked difference in terms of how I am approaching my goals. Studying for the sake of studying has been pleasurable, not stressful, since I decided to slow down – and when I get stuck, I give myself the time it takes to work through the problem again rather than rushing to look at the answer.
Participated in family conference call to help my dad make some important healthcare decisions. Recognizing that each person had different preferences and perspectives, I tried to understand the root cause of decision factors for each person to add a level of objectivity to a very emotional discussion.

Choose Movement Certification Program

The first skill in the Choose Movement Certification Program is the ability to push yourself to go the extra mile. Before you say, “I already know how to do that,” let’s break down what that means. Going the extra mile isn’t just pushing yourself when you are feeling the pressure, or when someone is on your back to get something done. Everyone can do that. Going the extra mile is choosing what you want to do and making it happen regardless of the people and events around you. It’s knocking something out of the park because you wanted to. It’s taking care of all those little things you don’t want to do but you know would be better if you just got around to doing them. It’s helping someone move on a 100-degree day even though others are at the beach with a cold beverage. And it’s doing those things with the frame of mind of finding out how well you can do them rather than worrying about being perfect. Read more.
When are you truly happiest? When do you feel the most fulfilled? The most confident going after something, or defending it? It is always when it is something you care deeply about, when all of the crap of the world falls away to make room for it. All of a sudden you don’t care about what people think because it doesn’t matter any more. Or you just find yourself proud of what you are doing, and happy that you are pursuing it. This is what happens when you start taking actions to follow your dreams. Read more.
It is no secret that a group of people can accomplish more than a single person. Working as a team opens you up to accomplishing bigger and better things. But how come? By focusing a pool of ideas and diversity of skills to a single task, you will always come up with more possibilities, and you will be able to accomplish more in less time. But there’s more to it than that. Read more.
No matter where you are, or what is happening, you always have a choice on how you respond. You are never so invested that you can’t change your mind. You might need to work harder to start over. But the choice is yours. If someone has a gun to your head and gives you two options, that doesn’t mean you can’t think of a third. Life situations can make us feel penned in. But we can always choose what to do with our circumstances and make them work in our favor. Read more.
The idea of moderation often turns people off. They relate it to the ideas of things like not doing what they want, or being a weak negotiator. But that line of thought misses the point. Moderation as described by Oscar Wilde, Plato, Seneca, and Plutarch is to do everything in moderation, including moderation. It isn’t about not doing things, it’s about knowing when to and when not to. It’s about having balance in your life. Read more.
Learning to look out for yourself is a very important factor in cultivating self-respect and happiness. It also has long reaching effects in your interpersonal relationships and career progress. By taking care of yourself you demonstrate to yourself and others that you have a high level of self respect. If you let people take advantage of you, it will likely have the opposite effect. There are many ways of doing it. Some come easier than others. Read more.
Many of us live life like firefighters. We have an idea of what will make us happy, and we try to get everything perfectly in its place. If something goes wrong we spend most of our energy worrying about it or trying to fix it. As soon as that problem is resolved, another one seems to pop up and we jump on that one. We let these problems overshadow everything else that is going right in our lives, even though we were managing just fine without worrying about the current problem while we were fighting the one before it. If we can take a step back and take the time to appreciate the good things in our lives we can realize these problems are small fractions of the lives we are living. We still handle them, but they do not dominate our thoughts. Read more.
One of the keys to personal strength is the ability to confront your own issues – both mental and in the real world. When you really look at a problem, you can start understanding the root of why it is happening. Sometimes that means you have to stop making excuses. Sometimes it means you have to look at yourself more than the problem. Read more.
Without trust, we don’t feel safe or comfortable. We feel like we need to keep an eye on the people around us, and double-check any work we need to rely on. We expend our energy trying to feel in control instead of on our tasks and the people around us. If you don’t trust someone, it’s very easy not to care about them. It doesn’t feel like they’re worth it. And they will return the favor. So how do we cultivate trust? Read more.
The world is full of people from different cultures, sub-cultures, value structures and education styles. Every day you are forced to interact with these people, and each has a specific method of interacting. They each approach problems in their own way. This is actually quite fantastic, because it enables us to make discoveries others thought impossible. It allows us to offer new ideas to help each other and to make progress. Read more.
Probably one of the most straightforward skills, we all know that it’s good to help others. It’s a great thing. It’s inspiring to us when we see someone go out of their way to help someone pick something up, or organize an event to help someone out. But even the smallest things can make a difference, like if a stranger opens a door for us. It is probably the easiest way to make a positive impact right here, right now. Read more.
your sense of pride in who you are and general sense of happiness comes from you. It does not come from outside things. Other people, our loved ones, and our passions are all sources of happiness. But it is you that makes it possible to love those people and enjoy their company. If your own issues get in the way of that, it’s not that those people are doing anything different to make you more or less happy. It is you who defines what you are worth, and why you are worth it. Read more.
think about what you really want to see in the world. Do you want people to be kinder, or more polite? Maybe you think there should be more trustworthy people? Or reliable people? Does that match the type of person you want to be? We bet that it will. The respect, pride, and self-esteem will grow as a result of being that person, knowing why you want to be that person, and holding yourself accountable to keeping at it. Don’t expect anything in return. You are who you are because of what you believe in. Read more.