Motivation is rubbish?

So, let me explain why I’ve boldly claimed that motivation is rubbish….

I’m going to use your car to further explain:

Relying on motivation is equivalent to having to connect the battery leads on your car each day, instead of just turning the key in the ignition to start the engine.  Turning the key to start your car is an act you undertake when you want to start your car each day, isn’t it?  It’s logical and automated, and you do it without much thought.   (Psst, this is how habits ‘are’ in a sustainably healthy life)

To be honest, I wouldn’t be sure HOW to connect the battery each day and to be more honest, I couldn’t be bothered? Could you?

Ok, I know some people would choose to do it for awhile, but could you keep doing it every day, knowing you needed to do it everyday to get anywhere??

Motivation usually comes in short bursts too – because change is desired.  Habits, on the other hand are a commitment to who you are growing to be.

You get in your car because you know why and where you are going.  Similarly, if your habits support your values, goals and your ‘why’, you will do them with ease.  What you do everyday matters!

Do you really think you would or could connect the leads before you leave home each day, forever?  As if it isn’t enough of a struggle to get to work on time, without having to think about which leads go on which battery terminal???

Does that make sense?  If we can make sustainably healthy habits something we do automatically without a thought, we have more time to focus on nurturing and choosing our marvellous life!

A little deep I know – but I thought it was an excellent comparison to highlight that what we do everyday matters!

Good health information can guide habits that change lives.

I ask you to try it!

Try starting a new positive habit – do it for a week to start with, if you love it, try committing to it for a month.  Review it after a month and see what’s different? Or if you would go back to not having it in your life.

Plan, do, review and change according to findings – know sustainable good health is a process!  Make the process a habit, and it will go a long way to helping you choose a marvellous life!

Have a great week!

 

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Easy to do and easy not to do!

I have recently bought a new vacuum cleaner, the cordless type – partly because I sold the other one on gumtree and needed to replace it, but also partly because I am super keen to apply the slight edge principles to my household cleaning!!  FYI – cleaning most certainly isn’t one of my past times – funnily enough I have a few close friends who would say its theirs – but that’s a story for another day!

Back on track – The Slight Edge is a book written by Jeff Olson – the overview of the book is that is about success habits and applying them to your everyday life.

What habits do you have?  Are they helpful or not helpful?  Interestingly, successful people always seem to have habits – I think there is much we can learn from even just that finding, let alone what the habits actually are!

Motivation is great, but it doesn’t stay constant or last forever!  Habits are what you need if you are going to make sustainable lifestyle changes – in any area of your life!  I said it.  And I will say it again, successful people have habits.

Back to the book, this picture below is pretty much the overview of the whole book.  Seems simple, but I can definitely recommend reading the whole book to make complete sense of it and be able to apply it to your own life.

Here are a few messages from the book:

  • In a way, it is environmental restructuring – setting up a framework that helps you to succeed.  Sounds like a good plan, yes?!
  • The book compares the slight edge concept to crops and time – about how we need to need to plant and cultivate before we can harvest.  We also know this to be true with healthy lifestyles – its an ongoing commitment to yourself.
  • The book challenges your personal views.  Are you ready to confront the values and beliefs that shape your world?
  • The people we choose to spend our time with matters!  Have you heard the saying that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.  People either inspire you or they drain you – choose them wisely!
  • Sometimes we need to get uncomfortable or outside of their comfort zone so we can grow and learn and change.

Have I got your attention?  If you want more, you will have to read the book for yourself!

I look forward to hearing if anyone is intrigued enough to have actually read or listen to the book.  And no, I am not receiving any commissions, but this is one place you can get a taste of it, with an introduction actually spoken by Jeff Olson himself, on YouTube, of course – just cut and paste this address https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSBaZJ1y6MU   It is also available on Amazon and various other book retailers.

I think it also very well describes that changing is a process, and through consistent actions we can see powerful results in many areas of our lives.  That is all.

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NB: for anyone who is interested, I have indeed, been using the vacuum cleaner daily.  Admittedly, it has only been a few weeks.  Evidently, and perhaps on the upside, my children seem to be quite taken with it too – happy days!