Habits are Better Than Motivation
Positive Habits and Their Importance.
Creating positive habits in your life will see you succeed and go further.
Chances are you know people who are at either end of the organisational spectrum. To one side of the spectrum is the person who never plans anything. They go with the flow and may thrive on disorganisation. They’re not generally effective and tend to jump from task to task, never giving 100% to any one thing.
At the other end of the spectrum is, without being too obvious, someone who has their coat hangers all facing the same way, meals prepped in the same size containers on Sunday. Their daily routines border on being militant and underpinned by an electronic diary that is colour coded.
These two ends of the spectrum are probably also representative of people who can be classed as stressed-out and in-control.
How do habits help?
Firstly, naturally emotional people find that creating positive habits allows them to make greater sense of situations and experiences. A structured existence from creating positive habits lets them “feel” things in their own time and they are not as easily ambushed by emotions. In some ways, this can be the start of setting you free from the negativity in and around your life.
Secondly, we are creatures of habit. Creating it allows us to develop whats good through repetition and consistency and reduce what's bad. If you develop a positive daily routine full of positive habits then there’s not enough time in the day for the bad habits.
Your body, your health, your friendships and intelligence are the balance of your good habits minus your bad habits.
Thirdly, be careful in listening, watching or reading about some fitness professionals, via T.V, Radio, Magazines or Social Media about willpower. That shit is not finite for most of the general population who aren’t millionaires and who don’t have their lives wired tight. Most of us are raising kids, organising meals, juggling work and sport and doing the housework. A point lost on those who have simplified their lives by cutting away ALL outside influences.
Some fitness professionals have learned structure whilst serving in the military and think that's the motivation people want. And, having experienced the "military motivation" personally, I can safely say that all it is, is having someone verbally boot you in the backside.
If you create positive habits then build momentum, this leads to having consistency. Leaving willpower to be saved for use later in the day.
Lastly – And this is based purely on my experience. Creating positive habits in your life gives you something to fall back on when chaos strikes. Make plans and have contingencies – then when it all turns to shit, try and find your normality through the positive habits of your daily routine. You can be flexible and move things around, but if you have a plan at least you have something to fall back on. Even in the most confusing and violent of contacts, soldiers are drawing on experiences gained through their previously structured habits, drills and consistent training.
My belief is that the term self-motivation is stupid, worthless and inevitably fails.
Many of us are motivated by something greater than ourselves. Generally, it’s an outside influence or force that they can visualise; money, success, fame or in most cases a second party providing the motivation for them. It’s important to understand what it is that motivates you. But, it’s even more important to build positive habits and consistency into your daily program.
Motivation might get you out of bed, or to the gym, or at the starting line of a marathon – but; it’s the positive habits and the consistency that you apply every day of every week of every month before that moment – that will make you a champion.
If you want to get started on creating positive habits, contact The Discipline Fitness Coach today!