Frederick Nietzsche perfectly encapsulated proper motivation in his famous quote. However pure motivation is not enough to keep your efforts organized and moving forward. You will need more than just understanding your “why”. You will need to outline your “how” or “hows”.
It is supremely important to create habits in your day, or automatic systems that help you take steps forward towards your goals. These become subconscious decisions that have already been made for you. Every day you know that you will simply complete your tasks and in doing so, you will be going to sleep that night a step closer to your goal.
You may already have some habits in place. Think about your morning routine . Take a look at what you did this morning after you woke up. How much of that was automatic? What are the things you do every morning while your brain is barely functioning because you know it gets you closer to your end goal of getting out of the door. Good or bad, those are your morning habits.
Habits help us connect our daily activities with our large abstract goal. It is not simply good enough just to say, “I want to lose weight”. We must define how we will get there. It isn’t even enough to say, “I will work out every day to lose weight”. We need to go a step further to create a habit chain such as;
- I will pack my gym bag with clothes, snacks, shoes, water etc. the night before.
- I will take my bag with me in my car to work.
- I will go directly from work to the gym. I will use any extra time before class for self care (rolling, stretching, or engaging in hour long conversations with Marcy) or core work.
This eliminates the opportunity for excuses such as, I don’t have time to go home to get changed. Or, I went home to get changed, sat down and never got back up again. Or, there is too much time between when work ends and the next class begins.
We can help ourselves take steps towards success by creating habits and eliminating the need to make a decision at a time we may lack motivation. We will all face days where we don’t feel like doing the things we know we need to do, no matter how badly we want our goal or desire the end result.
Please respond in comments with a new habit you’ve put in place since the challenge has started.