My first 22 minutes every day. They define me. They are my one percent that has made lasting impact on my health, my stress, my wellness, and my confidence. They are unbreakable. I’ve accounted for “maintenance tasks” that so many of us don’t. Makeup, teeth, feed animals, pour coffee…they all take time!
Imagine if I hit snooze. Even if I do not have a client at 6am, I wouldn’t get to my Top Project of the Day until later, or I’d be rushed. Worse off, I would have to put it off to tomorrow when I had planned to work on another Top Project of the Day. Because I begin my week Sunday afternoon planning my Top Project Work, my schedule, my wellness (workouts, meals, outings, doctors visits, client meetings, etc.) – I know exactly what I will do every morning. No distractions welcome, thank you.
Habits are the anchors to your life and wellness. And, planning them is key. Habits are foundational and essential. If you just improve one percent every day of the year, you will improve by 37 percent at the end of the year. Imagine getting “better” or “fitter” or better yet “healthier” at the end of the year. And, imagine this: you’ve established habits that are unbreakable.
However, the converse also applies to the one percent. If we eat an unhealthy meal today, it will have little impact on your waistline and health. If you work late and ignore your family, they will forgive you. If you procrastinate and put your project – or your wellness – off until tomorrow, there will probably be time to finish – or address it – the next day.
Yet, the danger lies in the repeated one percent actions that place burdens on your wellness. The unhealthy meal or drink that creeps in more than occasionally. The excuse why you can’t get to the gym. The rationalization for so many actions that we know are not good for us.
“When we repeat 1% errors, day after day, by replicating poor decisions, duplicating tiny mistakes, and rationalizing little excuses, our small choices compound into toxic results.“ James Clear, Author Atomic Habits
Habits help us connect our goals to our identity which I believe is foundational for any wellness program. Our actions tell all, my friends. Habits add stability in an otherwise unstable world for you.
Is your identity more defined by your physical attributes or your daily behaviors? When we identify with a daily behavior, we become that behavior. Which one do you think will have a lasting impact on your health, your wellness, and your longevity? Your physical attributes or your daily behaviors? Better yet, can your daily behaviors have a lasting impact on your physical attributes?
Here are some examples of how I identify myself that might make this concept more relevant to you and your wellness.
I am someone who exercises five days a week.
I am someone who will only on occasion accept an evening invitation during the work week. And, I am 90 percent successful that is only Wednesday evening. Because Wednesdays work best for my family and for me.
I am someone who does laundry Wednesdays and Sundays.
I am someone who drives in silence.
I can even go deeper into the thoughts we have. Thoughts are also habits. They identify us. If we have “victim” language in our heads, it identifies us and who we are. It becomes us.
“I am so busy and I can’t stop my “busy habit.”
“I work all of the time. I can’t possibly go outside for a four minute walk around the block. They need me!”
“Everyone around me is holding me back from getting healthy and fit.”
“I’ll never feel good about myself.”
“I can’ t do that exercise. I never have and I never will be able to.”
If we have “victor” language in our heads, it brings us to a new level in our daily life. It takes our brain to a happy space and we are more likely to focus on our wellness. Which do you have?
Morning routines are probably the easiest to change and the easiest to form habits. The morning is the time you control. No one else. Not your parents, your children, your boss, your friends, your neighbors. Nope. You control it. If you want to make the most of your life and your wellness – morning is your greatest opportunity.
Here is my plea to you to start with the morning routine. (Next week, I will outline the “reverse alarm” I set every evening at 8pm that makes my morning what it is now: successful.)
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