Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do ~ Pele
No one hits their weight loss goals by eating one healthy meal or working out once…so why do we find it so hard to be consistent in our actions? It may be that our “why” or intentions are not strong enough to get us to act on our goals. Last week I wrote a blog about why resolutions don’t work and why you should switch to setting intentions, goals and actions. I figured this week it was important to talk about the action piece of this.
If you think back to some of your daily activities that you now do without thinking about them, for the most part. Brushing your teeth, washing your face, feeding your pets, kids, family or yourself…these actions or activities are done without a lot of thought. Why? Because you were consistent about them since you were taught them.
Professional athletes aren’t great because they got the luck of the draw on skills. They are great because they work on those skills all the time. Hey it is why they are called drills. Practicing the piano – play those scales, any type of sport there are drills that get done before the scrimmaging begins. How can we use these types of thoughts and activities for ourselves?
When we introduce new habits into our lives, we need to break a bad habit and replace it with a good habit. When you are trying to lose weight, the bad habit that needs to be broken is reaching for that go to fast food meal. For me it was breaking the habit of having pizza on Fridays or stress eating Cheetos. When my “why” became strong enough, my intentions set to eat better – repeatedly eating well for 30 days helped change a bad habit to a daily habit.
The same goes for exercise. If you wake up in the morning and think I really have to get this workout in sometime today, you know yourself…the day is going to get away from you and you will be sitting down watching TV after a stressful day and say – tomorrow. But if you set a time that you can be consistent in working out every day, you will get it done and you have broken the maybe later habit with a it is done habit.
I started to read this great book called “The 5 AM Club” by Robin Sharma. It is about why owning the morning is a way to elevate your life. It is an easy read and told in a story fashion.
As you can see in the image to the right, the rules are fairly simple. If you get up in the morning and make time for yourself, great things can happen. You start the day less stressed, more focused and because you focused on you…you end the day feeling more accomplished and less taken advantaged off.
When you sit in quiet reflection, meditation or just allow yourself to freely think about anything, maybe while running, you will realize how creative you can be. If you take some of those thoughts and ideas and act on them, it can elevate your life. Maybe you decide to finally make time on a passion project you have always wanted to start, or a business venture or just to work on yourself to be your healthiest going forward. It is never selfish to take time for yourself and if you don’t make the time, you may wake up 5, 10, 50 years from now wishing you had.
I’ll leave you with this final quote…
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