Do you have a list of healthy habits you want to begin?
You took the time to identify them, you scheduled them into your calendar, yet when the time comes to actually get going, it feels like you’re trying to break through a brick wall?
Well, you’re not alone! There are so many people including myself that deal with these challenges every day.
There are many techniques and tricks I’ve personally experimented with and now use with my clients to help them overcome this type of resistance…
…to help you move from that point where you’re trying to literally peel yourself off the couch like velcro to go to the gym…to actually getting there and getting through your sweat session!
The one I want to share with you to day is identifying the “point of least resistance.”
Let’s say your goal is to go to the gym. You tell yourself that you’re going to start going every morning, but when that alarm clock goes off, that voice in your head is singing a sweet lullaby and whispering all the reasons why it’s such a better idea to hit the snooze button and get more Z’s than workout.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t struggle with this many mornings too.
It’s not as much about mastering the action as it is about mastering your reaction to the resistance.
So here’s what you do…
Begin paying attention to when you feel the least resistance when it comes to completing the action.
Then make that point your goal instead of the one you originally identified.
For example, I realized that once I had my workout clothes on, there was no looking back. I would get to the gym and do my workout.
So instead of telling myself I had to workout, I simply made changing into my workout clothes my goal.
By identifying the point of least resistance, you reduce the mental overwhelm and pressure of the big goal you’re trying to achieve.
You’ll get the engine started and you’ll be more likely to continue following through to complete the action.
Here’s an important note however…the process is much easier if you’re working on a something you actually want to make a habit, not something you feel you should make a habit.
Here’s the breakdown:
1. Identify your goal
This may be working out, eating breakfast, cooking a healthy dinner, flossing, etc.