Despite not wanting to. I did.
Sleepy. Low energy. Unenthused. I went.
See, the thing is I'm just now getting back into a workout routine. So, I don't want to miss a workout -- especially because of a lame excuse like I'm sleepy.
I'm trying to form a habit. Forming a habit takes consistency. You know, doing the same thing again and again. Over and over. Day in. Day out. And when it comes to working out -- doing it even when you don't want to.
To establish a routine and form a habit -- here's my approach:
- I've started with a small goal. I don't want to overwhelm myself. Three times a week for now. Once the routine is engrained. I'll add another class or two (Yoga, Weight Training, etc.).
- I'll attend the same class (5:30 a.m. Cycling M,W,F) for a month. This establishes a pattern. Once the habit is formed I'll be more flexible on days and times.
- First day, I introduced myself to the instructor. This gives me someone to be accountable to. Even if I let myself down. I won't let him down.
- The night before, I set out my workout clothes, underclothes, socks, tennis shoes, towel, and fill water bottle. Preparation equals success. Besides, it gives me a few extra minutes to sleep in.
- Stay away from the negative thoughts. Instead, replace these thoughts with positive,
upbeat messages. The mind is powerful.
So, this morning despite not wanting to. I did. And I'm glad. I feel energized, accomplished, good.
Legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi said:
“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”
I'm not going there!
Instead, I'm with Aristotle:
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."