Changing anything in your life is not about the right or perfect circumstances or the right or perfect environment for this change to happen. It’s about habits. Those daily rituals that lead to the circumstances eventually becoming the “right” ones. My natural tendency is to think that if everything were perfect I would drop the weight. Be a regular gym goer. Prep healthy meals. Eat healthy all the time. Meet the right guy. Be 100% happy and fulfilled in my job all the time. Have perfect relationships with friends and family. If only everything were “right” or perfect! But what am I doing daily that’s actually leading me towards the perfect circumstances or “right” situation?
We (me) are so obsessed with what we perceive as overnight successes and seemingly impossible overnight transformation stories. Except, we never see what that person does on a daily basis in order to be that “overnight” success. The road to success can seem boring and lack lustre. And yet we very much want to be part of that legion of athletes or “overnight” success stories. And still we are not prepared for the daily tasks required to do so.
Ask any athlete what it takes to achieve a personal best. Ask any successful business person or entrepreneur or chef what they do on a daily basis. It requires a huge amount of daily rituals, practices, habits or discipline to achieve something that you truly value.
They don’t say, I’ll start on Monday. Or I’ll hit snooze and sleep for 5 more minutes. Or I’ll do it tomorrow. Or I’ll start next week. Imagine we said that about something like brushing our teeth or bathing. Yes, you could do that. But you wouldn’t be very popular or get invited out much. The people who continually achieve their goals hold themselves accountable to a much higher standard.
They value their daily habits and they do them! They know it’s the foundation of something greater! Their reward is not just the end result but the process of unfolding. Or to use that much used cliché – it’s about the journey as much as it is about the destination. They take action EVERY DAY! Not just on a Monday. Or when they feel like it. Or when there’s a full moon. Or when the weather is perfect. Or they spend hours researching the plan as opposed to doing it! These are people of action! EVERY DAY!
So last week I set out to do a daily habit of 5000 steps per day. And I have to say navigating the mental game required to do that in itself was quite challenging. I ensured that I monitored my daily progress towards 5000. Also tried to build in as many ways to hit that goal. Longer walks to my car. Lunchtime walk with my colleague. And if I didn’t hit the goal by the time I got home – I did laps within my flat! Yes, it looks crazy and weird but I don’t care! So yay me!
Also another thing I added just last night – every time there was an ad break during the movie I was watching – I did some steps! And voila I started the new week off with a 5000-step day! But this week’s average is upped by 1000 steps! So its a 6000 step target.
Hello Week 4!