I believe that habit is fundamental to building the lifestyle that we desire. There is a discipline that is forged during the process of building a daily habit that transcends the activity you are conducting. With this in mind, I host monthly fitness challenges on Facebook to motivate people to exercise. I encourage you to click the Facebook group linked on the homepage if that interests you. Let me explain how building the habit works.
You commit to a thing. It can be almost anything. You commit to do this thing every single day for 30 days. During the 30 days you will have days when you feel great. You will have days when you feel awful. You will have days you just don’t want to do it today. There will be days that you just don’t have time. So what? Do it anyways!!!
This is how it started for me.
I committed to run 1 mile a day, each day for the month of November 2018. My main purpose was to get better at running. I wanted to be extremely comfortable running 1-mile, in hopes of getting better at my 2-mile fitness test. There were days that I ran late at night, or early in the morning, days that I barely fit it in, days that it felt like more of a walk than a run. But I kept going each day anyways.
At the end of 30 days I decided, what if I ran through the end of the year? I tried that. I ran each day for the rest of 2018. There were even more of those miserable days, but some really great days as well.
What is important to note, is that there was a mental transition during this time. There became a point, almost unnoticeably, where the run was a part of my day. Getting that run in became a daily purpose for me. Having this strong purpose each day gave me strength to do other things. I began other challenges. I started working out daily. I built other great habits. I found Intermittent Fasting and used the same process to create good habits in my eating as well.
SOOOOOOOO….. what should you take from this?
Motivation will leave you when you need it the most. If you are relying on motivation then you are destined to struggle.
Habits are more powerful than motivation. Use that initial motivation to build daily habits!
Oh…. today was 485 days of running that mile. I haven’t quit it.