The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken. Warren Buffett
The best thing I have done for myself so far this year to has been to get rid of my beer gut and get fitter – thanks to the power of habit.
I want to share the idea that if you want results in your life, then if you establish good simple routines that don’t need too much thinking about to do, you can make use of the power of habits. Yes I know that goal setting and willpower have their place, but to actually deliver what you want, you have to act! And remember that willpower runs out.
Establishing good routines then making it easier to follow through with strong habits feed themselves and can work wonders.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Socrates
This is what has worked for me:
- I set the alarm 30 minutes earlier and get my exercise out of the way before the day starts, while drinking my first coffee of the day. I do this in my shorts before I even get showered or dressed. Yes it is difficult at first, especially when the mornings are dark and I have the thought of a ten hour work day ahead. To drag myself out of bed I count down slowly from 10 to 1 and put my foot on the floor , standing up is then the easy bit. Maybe a bit OCD but it works for me.
- I exercise efficiently Monday, Wednesday and Friday, (sometimes sneak in a Saturday afternoon too) with bodyweight and kettle bell exercises and a free HIIT app for my phone. This means I get maximum bangs for my buck and don’t have to spend hours pounding a treadmill, getting changed and showered at a gym.
- I cut out the carbs during the week – bread, potatoes, and all sugar loaded foodstuff and replace it with tasty and convenient food. I make life easier for myself by making myself some yoghurt and frozen forest fruit, or grabbing a couple hard boiled eggs or an apple and slice of cheese. All heated up for my exercise and shower I can ski breakfast and have my snack mid morning.
Has it worked – well yes. I have lost an inch off my belly and I can knock out 30% more press up and sumo squats than I could a month or so. And people have noticed the results!
Losing a beer gut might not be your priority, and it was not my only one. Maybe you want to get a new career, or meet the woman of your dreams, or spend more time with your kids, or quit smoking, or get yourself out of the blues or learn to play guitar. The fact is that establishing habits in the important areas of your life can really pay dividends, because it creates a pull towards action.
Any comments would be appreciated.
Catch you later!