This morning, I woke up, brushed my teeth, and was about to make my usual scrambled eggs for breakfast, but I stopped.
Instead of turning anything on on the stove, I put down the frying pan I had just picked up, and put on my workout clothes. Without even thinking, I was soon out the door, heading downstairs to the gym.
I hate cardio. But my body just went straight to the stair master machine, and the 20 minutes on there felt like it went by fast. Don’t get me wrong, I was sweating. And I wanted to give up a few times into it. But my body overpowered my thoughts and just kept at it. It was strange, but also wonderful.
It made me wonder how I got to this place- not just to the gym, but to a place where going to the gym was not something I had to write down on a schedule, and force myself to do, or procrastinate over. I realized today that it had become something I craved, something that just felt right to do, something that had become a habit, almost as much as the brushing of my teeth just before it.
They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. I don’t know who came up with this number or how it was determined, but the mathematics of it was genius. Because guess what? Today marks 21 days exactly since I have been working out regularly on a daily basis.
Not every day was an intense workout. In fact, most of them weren’t intense but steady and focused. Some days the workouts were lighter than others. And on a couple of days, I actually wasn’t feeling great so the workout was more like a stretch, a little bit of toning and just something to get my body moving.
But all I was striving for was consistency and the forming of a habit. And you know what? I think it worked.
I would never, in the past, had gotten up and gone for a workout before having breakfast (I will share with you in another post how I learned recently that working out before you eat can be hugely beneficial).
And I would have done anything and everything to find excuses not to go. If I did go to the gym, I used to schedule it into my day, and put it off until later in the day, or grudgingly go out there feeling like it was a chore, something I HAD to do.
But today, my body seemed to do it for me. The habit has just kicked in and it feels as if it is hear to stay.
And I know I can use this secret to success to achieve other goals in my life- for dancing, for singing, for writing, for cleaning, listening, caring, including self-care.
We see many people out in the world who we deem successful and we often either assume that they were just born to do that thing, or it came easier to them than to others, or that they picked it up quickly and then ran with it.
But some of the most successful musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, dancers and so on were not the best. Many of them struggled a lot to get where they are today. But I believe that they had such a passion for what they were doing that they decided to turn it into a habit. And it was the turning the love into a habit that made all the difference to their success.
What do you want to stick to consistently and see more results from? This could either be something you want to do better, or something that you want to stop doing- like smoking, or gossiping.
I might make writing these blog posts more regularly a good habit goal.
Choose something and make it a habit (not smoking could be turned into a habit) by doing it for 21 days straight. What about after the 21 days? Well, hopefully, you won’t have to worry about that because your system will take care of this for you. Just get into the habit of showing up and soon, it will be like brushing your teeth. You won’t even have to think about it.