We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Let’s start at the beginning. You want to create a new habit. It’s something small like increasing your physical activity throughout the day.
- Choose something that can be accomplished in 30 seconds or less
- Make whatever it is so stupid small that you can’t fail.
As you begin implementing your new habit, you might try sandwiching it between two habits you already have. For example, after you wake up, you probably go to the bathroom. What if before you wash your hands, you do your 30-second exercise?
The key to success is remembering that you’re only required to do that one, small habit. If it’s a single pull-up, and you do ten instead, that’s great! But if you only do one the next time, that’s great, too! Don’t get after yourself with negative self-talk because this time you didn’t do ten.
(E+L=M: Event plus language equals motivation, remember? Listen to WAEP6 for a refresher.)
Great Books About Habit Formation
The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
Mini-Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results, Stephen Guise
How to Increase Your Willpower
- Watch reality T.V. Willpower can be contagious! Choose wisely.
- Have a snack. Our brains use more energy for self-control than almost anything else. Keeping energy levels up and consistent helps us sustain our willpower.
- Watch a funny video. Humor helps restore depleted willpower and helps us get back on track with difficult tasks.
- Take a nap.
- Have a little caffeine.
- Exercise for as little as 5-10 minutes.
- Meditate for as little as 5 minutes/day.
Willpower is like a muscle. It can get overused and exhausted. Take care of yourself, and your increased willpower will take care of you!
Next week: Beth from PrettyLoaded.
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