The Secret to Creating a Habit
It is now February 4th and I have not taken the elevator to my 4th floor office yet this year. I made a commitment on Jan. 1 to take the stairs and to park far away – two very easy ways to get a little bit of extra exercise every day. Why have I kept this commitment? Because, as I describe in the book, I’ve tied this activity to “something bigger.”
Since we’ve had kids, Jeanne and I have always tied exercise to being around for them later in life. We want to meet their kids…and be upright when that happens. So, I’m thankful that I literally have to walk past the door that goes to the elevator to get to the door that leads to the stairs. Why? Because, in that moment in time – virtually every time – I think about my future with my family…and I take the stairs.
What are you doing about what you aren’t doing? Is there something that you just know would be a good thing to do that you aren’t? Maybe it’s blogging more (ok, that’s mine but it could be yours as well) or running regularly or reading. Once you tie it to something bigger, you’ll do it and it won’t feel like a burden.