We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Let's start at the beginning. You want to create a new habit. It's something small like increasing your physical activity throughout the day.
If you follow Dr. B.J. Fogg's advice or author, Stephen Guise's suggestions, then you'd begin by doing two things:
As you begin implementing your new habit, you might try sandwiching it between two habits you already have. For example, after you wake up, you probably go to the bathroom. What if before you wash your hands, you do your 30-second exercise?
The key to success is remembering that you're only required to do that one, small habit. If it's a single pull-up, and you do ten instead, that's great! But if you only do one the next time, that's great, too! Don't get after yourself with negative self-talk because this time you didn't do ten.
(E+L=M: Event plus language equals motivation, remember? Listen to WAEP6 for a refresher.)
The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
Mini-Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results, Stephen Guise
Willpower is like a muscle. It can get overused and exhausted. Take care of yourself, and your increased willpower will take care of you!
Check out Kelly McGonigal's book, The Willpower Instinct for more information about I will, I won't, and I want power.
Next week: Beth from PrettyLoaded.