Down to my last 6 days of the challenge. All I can say is WOW, that went by fast. However, it’s been really a great challenge and one where I have learned a lot about me, my writing style, and where my passions are.
We seldom have an opportunity presented to us that challenges us. We instead expect it and to an extent feel an entitlement to rewarding opportunities. When they don’t deliver or come, we get frustrated or disappointed. We need to be better, but we won’t accept what it takes and what we need to contribute to get there. WIIFY (What’s in it for you?) is our stake in the work.
Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny. – Mhatama Gandhi
We all have good and bad habits, and we all want more of the good than the bad. No one wakes up in the morning and revels in just continuing bad habits. To start, you have to understand the person you are. You have to understand when everything else it taken away, what’s left over.
Know thyself. – Aristotle
Knowing who you are will be the place you want to start. It will tell you what habits you need to get into. Shooting darts at the wall and hoping you hit one is not the best use of the life you have left. Be intentional and dig deep.
Great best practice is journaling. Take a time out at the end of each day and just write out the habits you had through out the day. All of them, good and bad. We are terrible at gauging and recalling later what habits we’ve used through out the day. So, write them down.
Put yourself in front of a new beginning or a life change. Major life changes make it easier to change into new habits. It has the affect of changing our perspective and line of sight to what our lives used to be up to the introduction of a new radical change. It sheds new light on our lives and are accelerators to start a new slew of habits.
Make your bad habits totally hard to repeat. We’re a lazy lot as a human race and when anything gets hard we tend to avoid it. Conversely make your good habits easier to do. There is a great video of some subway stairs in Sweden (Piano stairs – TheFunTheory.com – Rolighetsteorin.se – YouTube) that were converted into piano stairs that makes this very point an obvious one. The number of people who took the stairs increased by 66%.
We need to distract ourselves more. You would think that distracting ourselves would be a bad thing to do. That’s what we are told when we are growing up. “Don’t get distracted, stay focused.” It really depends on what kind of distraction we apply. As a strategy adding in a fun distraction rather than something stressful and arousing can have a great impact to our end goal. Just the right amount of fun distraction can give us the positive boost we need to finish strong.
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Set yourself up by getting to know yourself, sprinkle in a life changing event, and give yourself a fun distraction every now and again. This is your car, give it some gas!