NBSV 062: Nail your goals in 2020: build habits, get lasting results, and don't rely on motivation
If you’re starting a new fitness, nutrition, or general health habit in 2020 (or if you want to make sure you keep going with your current ones), this episode is for you. I’m going to bust some bullshit about motivation and sticking to long-term habits.
Important topics and points you don't want to miss:
>> Why relying solely on motivation to keep up with your good habits is setting yourself up for failure.
>> Two things you should know when you're starting a new health habit.
>> Two main challenges I see with people who have been performing their new habits for a while.
>> How to make sure your good habits will keep going over the long term.
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Wise words from Christian Finn:
"There are times when I can't be bothered to go to the gym. But, whether I feel motivated or not, I still get the job done. That's because I have something that's far more important than motivation: Discipline. When you have discipline, the fact that you don’t feel like doing something doesn’t stop you from actually doing it. From training and boxing coach Ross Enamait: "As great as it feels to be motivated, it is important to understand that motivation alone will only take you so far. Whether extrinsic or intrinsic, motivation can come and go in a flash. "Discipline however is rooted in consistency. It quietly, yet continuously, chugs along in the background. It becomes part of who you are and what you do. "Don’t give motivation more credit than it deserves. You don’t need to be motivated to succeed. What you need is the self-discipline to put in the work whether you want to or not.” A lot of people see discipline as a fixed and unchangeable personality trait. You either have it or you don’t. In fact, discipline is like a muscle. If you don’t currently have it, you can build it. It can be trained. Improved. Made stronger. Over time, even small acts of self-control will make your discipline "muscle" stronger and better prepared for the next challenge."
From James Clear's book, Atomic Habits:
“Really successful people feel the same lack of motivation as everyone else. The difference is that they still find a way to show up despite the feelings of boredom. If you only do the work when it’s convenient or exciting, then you’ll never be consistent enough to achieve remarkable results.”
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