Tuesday, May 14, 2024

The Slacker's Guide to Forming a New Habit

Another great session at the gym today. 

Which reminds me .... 

There are few things in life more difficult than starting a new habit. (Breaking an old one is a close second.) Especially if you're a lazy beach bum like me. Take seat belts for example. Wearing seat belts in California became mandatory on January 1 of 1986. It took me months to get used to doing that. It required a conscious effort. Today I do it so automatically I'm not even aware I'm doing it. 

Lifting has become that way for me. I can't remember when I didn't lift. It's just part of my life and routine. I work out 3-4 days a week and don't feel like myself if I don't. 

So, how do you go about forming a new habit? I'd begin here: tell someone. I know this sounds simplistic. But I do think letting a few people (or even one person) know will hold you accountable. The trick is to be honest with them and then expect them to check up on you. Creating a new habit takes 21 days. That's only 3 weeks. That's when they'll follow up. Tell them in no uncertain terms that if they catch you eating Doritos and reading "The Slacker's Guide to Life" instead of doing your workout, they have your permission to chew you out. 

Forming a new habit is SO hard but SO do-able!