Vince Lombardi famously got back to basics when he said to his team – “Gentlemen, this… is a football.”
Simple works best, so what is the “football” for those of us who want more self-control?
Self-control is the opposite of habit. Fighting against the flow of our established routines. Self-control sounds hard, no fun, depriving us of life’s fun stuff.
Concentrating your mental efforts to be productive, or more healthy is difficult, isn’t it? Especially when we’ve been doing something the same way for a long time.
I re-read the opening chapters of Charles Duhigg’s book “The Power of Habit” yesterday while waiting for my 11 yo daughter to play tennis.
Ladies Junior Varsity Tennis is super cool, BTW. I couldn’t believe how the girls laughed at themselves. They had TONS of fun even when they had a mis-hit, a goofy swing, or fell over trying to get the ball. We should all have so much fun! Anyway, back to work!
In the book, Duhigg tells a story about researchers watching & recording the brain activity of rats while they were being trained to run a T-shaped maze –
When you think of motivation, you think of someone telling you something, or seeing something that pulls your heart strings.
But the strongest and longest lasting motivation comes from within; the things you tell yourself.
Whether it’s something you ask yourself, or something you ask another, the most motivating question in the world is “Is that the best you can do?”
What makes it so powerful?
First, it’s simple. Clarity dissolves resistance. It’s a Yes or No question. Even if you clutter up your answer with circumstance or BS; you know the real answer right off.
In this quick 2 minute video, I give you guys a step-by-step step look at exactly how I got started with my exercise habit a few years ago.
This would be a great thing to watch, then think about how you could copy those steps and improve your own health with an exercise habit.
Hope is the most powerful change agent in the world. It motivates people like you and me to do things we never believed possible and changes the world on a regular basis. It changed my life.
It’s able to do that because it uniquely bridges that gap between those awesome rewards (which are way in the future, uncertain, or not probable) and the very real risks of change that loom large at the beginning of any challenge.
Start on Hope
18 months ago, I was overweight & out of shape. After much work, luck, family support, and undoubtedly some help from above, I have learned to run marathons, triathlons, and even became an IRONMAN 140.6 finisher in Boulder, CO (barely!), accomplishing some of the biggest goals I have ever set for myself.