“From the time you get up in the morning to the time you go to sleep at night, your habits largely control the words you say, the things you do and the way you react and respond. “ Brian Tracy
Every day we do things that make our lives what they are. Those include your habits.
What are your daily habits?
Are they giving you the life you want?
How many times have you put something you want to start, like a new habit, on you daily list? I know I have done it a bunch of times. Most of those times I never did that thing.
I am an active person and I like to stay heathy. But what I found is if I do not schedule the exercise, other things will fill the space. It was when I read Atomic Habits by James Clear, that I succeeded at adding new habits to my life.
In the book he talks about starting a habit and how difficult it can be. Having it on the list is not enough to make it happen. You need to have a time and a place for the new habit.
His example is about adding pushups to his life, daily. He put it on his list, but it never happened. Then he found the trick to starting a new habit. They need to be on your schedule with time and place. He decided to do the pushups daily before he went to lunch, and he decided to do them next to his desk. With time and place he did them every day.
Once he assigned the time and place, he was able to successfully add the new habit.
I tested this theory with bicycling and it worked. Over the past few years, I became a regular bicycle rider. I have amazing rides right from my house and I can make them any length I want. I am a fair-weather rider so every spring I have to make it a habit again.
I start with the basics to have it become a routine. I schedule it and honor the schedule. Which means even if I do not feel like riding, I do it anyway. Once I get on the bike, I feel great and am so glad I did it. It is that lazy part of my brain that would rather not do it.
I also used the Atomic Habit technique to add yoga to my mornings. I will admit there are days when the alarm goes off, the last thing I want to do is yoga. I just remind myself that I feel so much better when I do it.
It is about honoring my commitment to myself, my health and my schedule. If I miss a day that is ok. I don’t beat myself up, I just get back to the routine the next day.
I look at my habits regularly to decide what I needs to be added to improve in my life and reach my goals. It has been so much easier to add them with the techniques I learned from Atomic Habits.
Remember to set yourself up for success by adding one habit at a time. Get successful at that and then others can be easily added.
Look back at your Eulogy and see what habits you need to add that will get you to who you want to be?
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