“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
So the truth of the matter is that I just need to be disciplined enough to create new habits.
I learned from the book, “The Genie Within” that you can’t UNLEARN old beliefs- you have to overpower them with new beliefs. Just like you can’t break a bad habit, you just need to replace it with a good habit.
I need to form some habits.
I listened to a podcast yesterday from Michael Hyatt about how to become a morning person. To be fair, I’ve spent most of my life as a morning person. It’s only been since I’ve been with Matt that this fact has changed. Coincidence? I think not!
But that’s okay, because Matt is freaking awesome. I just need to help him become a morning person so we can be morning people together.
A couple things I learned from this aforementioned podcast:
• It takes 6 weeks to form a new habit.
• There are lots of things you can do to help build this habit (I already knew all of these).
• Coffee is good for you.
• You should have an accountability partner. I’ve decided to use this public blog as mine. Not that anyone reads it. It’s just for me.
• The most successful people in this world, the people who are healthier, who live longer, are those who wake up and follow a morning routine. Late-night people (night owls?) tend to be more unhealthy, less productive, and die sooner. And are more depressed. And overweight.
Oh. My God. I’m becoming that thing.
IT’S TIME TO CHANGE!
So here’s the plan. There are basically 1.5 million new habits I want to form.
But I am intelligent enough to understand that though they would all be good for me, trying to do it all at the same time would be a ginormous mistake. Thus, we’ll take it just a few at a time. (Good thing these are just my ‘old habits’, right?!?!?! Should be like riding a bike. Here’s a pic of me riding a bike:)
As I see it, here’s what I need to have happen:
• A morning routine that incorporates the things I think are most important.
(Meditation, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Gratitude, Writing, Nutrition)
• A bedtime routine that incorporates things that are important.
(Morning prep, wash my face, moisturize, brush teeth, gratitude, read)
• A nutritional diet. Seriously. Only eating what is good for me.
And that’s it!
But here’s what it really comes down to: WHY.
WHY do I want to do those things? Is it just to live longer? I’m not sure that this is good enough motivation for someone with the kind of self-destructive tendencies I have.
I’ll have to leave that one and think on it some more. The WHY.
Well, I know the HOW. Now, let’s talk about metrics. Because if I can come up with what I want to have happen…the WHY behind these things, then that can be measured. Kind of.
Good morning, sunshine! It’s now the next day. It took me some time, but I think I’ve decided I get to go ‘old school’ on this thing.
I’m talking about assessments! WOO HOO! Because I’m a teacher, of course.
I’m going to wrap this post and tell you all about it in the next one. Here’s a pretty picture: