ENVIRONMENT VS. WILLPOWER

First of all, If you are like me, then you hate habits and repetition.  Because we hate creating new habits we like to put all the pressure on our minds.  You learn quick that creating new pathways in our brain, if done right, will have exponential returns on investment.  There is a misconception that willpower is the ruling metric in our lives that has the utmost importance.  Need to quit smoking, or go on a diet to lose weight, well that takes will-power.  WROOOONG!  The thing with will power is that it requires making decisions against what you already want to do.  Your brain can only make so many decisions a day before your ability to resist your urges becomes much more difficult.  As a result, we end up failing and making our lives more miserable.  It turns out that environment controls your behavior far more than your ability to control your chemical urges in your brain (which is kind of stupid).  Why not do it the easy way when the easy way gets you the results without breaking a sweat.

Making a Habit Out of Habits, Starting with a Morning Routine

The easiest way that I have found to create new habits is so change one small thing at a time.  That one small thing needs to have big results however.  Remember we use the 80|20 principle (80% of your results come from 20% of your effort).  Getting started is easy, simply choose something that is easy to do and then do it, building momentum in the process as you go onto more challenging tasks.  Some of the things that you SHOULD be doing as a habit:

  • Meditation
    • 10 minutes/day
    • Use an app like Headspace, its really easy.
  • Journaling
    • Especially in the morning, it gets rid of all that junk in your mind that needs to get out.
  • Cold Showers
    • Who likes cold showers?  Nobody, except check out Wim Hof (The Iceman)
    • The breath is really vital to our health and you will be surprised at how much your days functionality improves.
  • Read
    • This one is pretty self-explanatory

 

FEEDBACK LOOP

If you want to be successful, study those who are successful and see the traits that they all have in common, then apply them to your own life.  The most important part of all this is your own feedback loop.  You should be journaling about your results, what did the data show you?  Are you even keeping records of your data!?  If not, then honestly how do you expect to improve.  What gets measured gets managed.  Just think of it as a science experiment.  Actually, that is exactly what you are doing.  Applying the scientific method towards your own lifestyle design and goals.  Imagine being able to set a goal and accomplish it because you already worked out the little road blocks that naturally get in your way.  I think if this were the case we would dream a little bit bigger with a bit more vigor.