You know you’re doing the right things…
But you feel you need to do more.
Maybe you aren’t seeing fast enough body changes… or maybe you just know that you’re not hitting the recommended numbers for important health habits (like minutes of exercise, servings of veggies, hours of sleep).
So you think “Okay….time to buckle down. I just need to try harder.”
While it’s true that you’re going to need to put in more work, this can be a dangerously incomplete perspective.
Your health habits don’t exist in a vacuum. They exist within real life, where you only have so much time and mental and physical energy each day.
To put in more time and energy towards a specific area of your habits – let’s just use exercise as an example today – you need to free up more of these resources.
You don’t want to just add extra difficulty on top of what you’re already doing, as that will just lead to you failing to build real consistency and getting frustrated within a few days or weeks.
You need to make it EASIER to put in that hard, focused work.
The obvious example is simply time. If you want to exercise an additional 30 minutes, that 30 minutes needs to come from somewhere else and you need to be mindful of that.
But the less obvious and more important example is the friction you encounter when attempting to get started.
Have you ever had intentions on exercise but you were too tired to do it? Or it was too cold where you do your exercise? Even though you know that you will most likely feel better (more energy or warmer in these examples) once you get started?
These are examples of the internal resistance that acts to slam on the brakes before you even get started.
You can certainly TRY to just buckle down and try harder…but wouldn’t it make more to just take the foot off the brakes?
The bigger the task, the easier you need to make getting started. You’re going to encounter more resistance to starting a 45-minute workout compared to a 5-minute workout.
Some things to think about…
1) Can you aim for a smaller version of the behavior that you’re aiming for to build some initial momentum? Such as just making a commitment to perform your warm up.
2) Can you remove some prep time that usually takes place right before? With the exercise example, this could be putting your workout clothes next to your bed or prepping your gym bag the night before.
3) Can you remove some of the indecision that could slow you down? For example, can you plan your meals during the weekend or decide on your exercises the night before?
What do you need to do more of in order to meet your goals?
What are the main obstacles you’re encountering or might encounter?
How can you make it easier to take the next step?
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