“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun
Do you find yourself wanting to achieve a bunch of goals like I did in my New Years revolution post? You start off on fire, getting everything you wanted to achieve done, and then you burn out. I think we have all been there. It’s important to focus on ONE specific goal you want to achieve or habit you want to enforce. When you can put focus towards one habit or goal, you won’t be so defeated for not achieving everything else. If I try to achieve five goals at once or develop five habits, once I miss the first one, I feel defeated and give up on the rest. Does this sound familiar?
A big thing that motivated me to stay committed to my habits was the realization that I will never be closer to the person I dream of being unless I commit to loving myself and taking care of myself. I will never be my best potential self if I keep giving up on myself.
We need to realize that we are what our habits consist of. If you have shitty habits, you probably feel shitty. If you’re out there kicking ass every day, you probably feel like a bad ass. You need to do what makes you feel good.
Don’t Make Excuses Anymore:
When you make an excuse, you’re breaking a promise you made to yourself.
Don’t get me wrong. Some habits we don’t stay committed to. I worked out at home for months when I was in high school but as soon as I got my gym membership I stopped working out. I was too anxious to go to the gym. If I was going to work out I was going to do it at the place I pay for. Therefore, I hardly worked out anymore.
Sometimes we have motivation to go after our goals. But we are not always going to be motivated. It becomes about self control. Didn’t you read the first quote on this post?
Remember the REWARD you get from achieving your goal. Why would you postpone that reward? If you feel energized from drinking water and you don’t feel energized from drinking soda, but it taste good, try to find a way to reward yourself in a healthy way for drinking water or focus on the fact that you can get more work done because you won’t have a sugar crash from drinking the soda.
Something Dave Hollis said in the most recent Next 90 Days video that I wrote down and highlighted because it spoke to me so much was:
“You’ll never change anything until you commit to change on an everyday basis.”
There are many versions of this being said by different people, but it remains true. You need to commit to bettering yourself if you want to be better. You should always want to be better. I’m not saying you’re never enough, you are. You should be proud of who you are, but strive to constantly improve. We are never done learning or improving. That’s life. If we were done, then we can just die, right? That may be dramatic. Or maybe not.
There should be no one telling you that you should not dream big. Not even yourself. Your dreams are achievable, it just takes time and dedication. If people didn’t dream big, we wouldn’t have an NFL, an MLB, we wouldn’t have superstars, we wouldn’t have movie stars, We wouldn’t have The Office. Dream as big as you possibly can. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” – Vince Lombardi
Break Down Your Goals:
What’s important is that you don’t try to reach all your goals at once. One at a time. You don’t just go from a couch potato to a marathon runner. Unless you do, then kudos to you. Someone who never plays football doesn’t just get onto an NFL team. There are steps in between. You also need to break down big goals into small ones. Say my goal is to own a house. What smaller steps do I need to achieve that goal? Build my credit, save money, find a house, there’s a whole process. How will I save the money? Look through my finances to see what I am spending money on, set aside a certain amount each pay check, so on and so on.
Everyone is a beginner. You have to be a beginner to become an expert.
I am still a beginner blogger. I am a beginner at YouTube. But if we aren’t willing to be a beginner, we will never be an expert.
So write down some habits or goals you want to achieve. It can be as long as you want. Then pick one and break down how you will do that. And then, begin. Don’t wait any more. You deserve to be your best self. Stop settling for this mediocre you. I might think you’re great, but what does my opinion matter if you don’t think the same?
Ready. Set. GO.
I hope you guys kick some ass.