Change Your Habits, Change Your Life
These past few months have been some of my toughest both personally and professionally. My usual creativity and productivity has been challenged and I’ve found myself in an exhaustion provoked fog of procrastination that just doesn’t lift. Earlier this year I decided I wanted to take a leap professionally and at the same time I enrolled on a course, with no real consideration for the challenges this would bring. I tend to over stretch my perception of my abilities…. like when I tried that barbell roll out on my toes with 10 kg on my back.
Anyway, I’m studying, preparing for interviews, trying to train consistently, hit my macros and manage the blog; you’ll have noticed the latter has taken a back seat lately. All of the above is a privalage and I’m lucky to have the opportunities, the physical capability and freedom to set goals and chase them. That said it has been exhausting. I’ve been training at 5 am or 10 pm, I’m preparing for interviews in my lunch break, I’m doing online learning and attending workshops in my ‘free’ time and here I am blogging between sets.
Well, I’m half way through this post and I’ve no idea what my point is… I’m busy, I’m tired but I’m getting through it. How?
I wanted to share this book with you, Better Than Before; A Day-By-Day Journal by Gretchen Rubin. It tackles the critical question ‘How do we change?’. It focuses on changing our habits to change our lives. We’ve all heard that saying ‘If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done’ but that’s a lot easier said than done. Habits are described as the unseen architecture of our every day life, once established these are largely unconscious but continue to shape our existence and our future. Breaking old habits and building news ones requires conscious focus and energy; ‘they’ say it takes 3 weeks to form a new habit, but these don’t have to be huge changes. Whether it’s hitting the gym at 5 am for cardio, completing an hour or two of study a day or hitting your daily protein intake, even the smallest change can contribute to self improvement in the biggest way. This book allows you to track your new habits by recording each challenge and triumph on the weekly habits tracker. Ticking off days you successfully implemented your habit and reflecting on those you didn’t. Each week begins with a motivational quote or question for you to consider, it’s the perfect way to prompt your own personal reflection and gain better insight into your own behavioural patterns. I use it to note my training goals and log my progress, professional development and even define my holiday shopping list! Start now, Change Your Habits, Change your Life!