Many people can relate to the idea of starting a diet exercise routine or healthy commitment of some sort and then finding that their motivation seems to dry up after a week or so. When a good friend of mine asked me "How can I avoid falling back into bad habits and stay on track?" I thought it was a great question to answer on the blog, since I know that so many people struggle with it.
I don't think there is one right or wrong way to do this but when I look at what's driving my habits when everything works the way I want it to in my life, it comes down to this basic rule:
I Make it automatic.
Most of us know what to do to stay healthy, it's just that we make actually doing it problematic because our brain likes to get involved...and then we become indecisive, lazy or comfortable. When I think back to when any area of my life was really working well it was because I'd made the choices in that area automatic, rather than simply trusted that I would follow through on my commitments. Let's face it, we're human, and we are going to have days when we don't feel like doing what we said we would do. Procrastination, second guessing your decisions or having a day where you feel shattered is going to overshadow your best of intentions and divorce you from your commitment. I've found that within myself, the more I can make positive commitments automatic, the easier they become and the better (and more confident) I feel because I'm in integrity with my goals and experiencing progress.
Within my own life, I've noticed that:
What this all comes down to is really about finding a way to get leverage on yourself so that you do what you say you're going to do. It's about making the decision that will benefit the best version of yourself and then taking away the options that will have you derail that decision. So what's it going to take? How can you make the steps towards your goal automatic so you set yourself up to win?