7 minute workout
‘Mom! Stop biting your nails!’
A constant cacophony radiating from the back of the van. God bless my children for saving me from myself. Biting my nails in a terrible habit that I. Just. Can’t. Stop.
Habits are hard to break. They are a ritualistic. They satisfy a need. They are soothing and comfortable. Habits are like a riverbed. Bore over time, they are carved deep and wide into the earth offering water a path to flow with least resistance.
If you take my brilliant analogy from above, it then makes sense why new habits are so hard to create. Changing the flow, carving out a new path and establishing a new normal requires getting uncomfortable and fighting against the flow of the relentless stream.
Habits are the foundation of either a successful, thriving, fulfilled life or not. Habits are not glamourous. They are the under appreciated middle man. But, without them, the system won’t keep moving forward and winning awards.
Let’s break down an example:
Getting healthy and fit.
Yea boy. Who doesn’t want to be fit and healthy? Why then are we one of the unhealthiest countries in the world?
If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you will keep getting what you’ve always got.
Y’all, I get it. If you read my last post, you know I am a huge sucker for instant gratification. I decide I want something to change so I put in an unsustainable amount of grandiose work, effort and thought over a couple of weeks time. New habits haven’t formed. It is hard. So I burnout and I’m back to following the path of least resistance. Key piece: I’m resentful.
Dear readers, if I can impart any real life wisdom, it is this: small, consistent, seemingly insignificant effort over time produces massive results. Habits alter our lifestyle, but they do so by slowly and subtle changing the way we think, act and show up.
Think about this:
7 minute workout. If you commited to doing the 7 minute workout three days a week (I am right here with you), that is 20 minutes of solid exercise every week that you weren’t getting before. 8 weeks later, that’s 160 minutes and now regular exercise is a habit.
Swap a salad. If you swap a salad for lunch one day a week, 8 weeks later, that’s 8 more bowls of rainbow colored plants than you were getting before and now it’s a habit.
Most people can do this, ‘that’s nothing!’ But it is enough to start. Commit to one simple change. The consistency will bore results, create new pathways of flow, which will get deeper and wider. Pretty soon, you will be adding more salads, more exercise time and making better choices everywhere because 1. you feel better 2. you look better 3. most important, you like being proud of YOU.
What are you doing today, that is keeping you in the same place? What are you NOT doing today that is keeping you in the same place? What is one simple change you can make today to start carving out that new riverbed?
Sow a thought. Reap an action. Sow an act. Reap a habit. Sow a habit. Reap a character. Sow a character. Reap a destiny. Thank you Ralph Waldo Emerson for eloquently speaking truth.