Success, health, and companionship all require habits. Why is it so hard to do such simple things?
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Last week, I introduced a book about 'scanners' that explained how some people (me included) have multiple interests. With so many things to focus on, habits for any given area are not only difficult, but necessary for any amount of lasting satisfaction. The difficulty in building habits isn't just for scanners, though. For some reason, we're all a bit rubbish at it.
Why is that, and how do some overcome it while others don't?
One aspect, I think, is that routine is boring. Until we hit a certain age, doing the same thing day after day seems like something old people do. Once we age, I've noticed a lot of people begrudgingly settle in to daily habits; but they're not incredibly happy about it.
'Same old, same old' just isn't appealing. But the results are. So how can we get past the hum-drum of building habits to get the most out of our lives? And let's be honest - we've got to get the most out of those routines, too!
Make It Fun
I've had more success calling routines 'rituals,' because for me that gives it more flavor. A ritual is something with purpose, whether it's an OCD ritual or a spiritual one. I can imagine feeling a little crazy, or devoted to some cause I'm passionate about. That way, the habit piggy-backs on the excitement for something bigger and less ho-hum.
But the habit itself should be fun, too. Take exercise, for example. If squats aren't exciting you, maybe look into martial arts or dance. A restrictive diet can compel you to find fun recipes either for taste or presentation (I've been on an overlap of SCD and FODMAP, so don't pretend it isn't possible!). With the world at the click of a button, there's a wealth of ideas and options to spice up the actions themselves.
I Have A Secret (Shhh!)
This blog is a habit I've been building for a very specific reason: to make personal growth fun and encourage consistency. Without it, I'll still find myself regularly reading up on these things, but it's spotty at best. Habits are the foundation for every success, and what better way to build my own than by sharing what I've learned with others!
Despite all that, habits are still a challenge. Which is why I'm devoting this week to looking into habits in-depth. What do they effect, why are they important, and how to overcome (or work around) the main obstacles? By the end of the week, hopefully we'll find some solutions together.
Let me know your thoughts, especially if I miss any points along the way. See you at 9a, Freelancers!
As I begin this anew, I know only one thing: that I know nothing. Learn with me, and together we will figure this out.
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