The 3 Keys to Change
The 3 keys to making a behavior* change in our lives are:
- Feel The Over-Arching Why
- Create Motivation Triggers
- Reduce Activation Energy
The Overarching Why
If you woke up tomorrow and the problem was solved, how would you feel? what would be different? what pain would be gone?
Action: describe the feeling.
Inspiring images, quotes or songs ready where you need them.
Action: find a photo and hang it where you will see it everyday.
For example, this is an image of my Mac desktop.
A picture of my computer (Macbook Pro 13") desktop background. What is on your background? pic.twitter.com/wJ33J8WW
— Conor Neill (@conorneill) February 2, 2013
I play the same music every time I go for a run. When I hear that music I now “need” to run… No matter how lazy I am feeling in the moment.
If it takes longer than 20 seconds to start a task, you will not start it.
Action: prepare the resources and leave them out.
For example, put your sports clothes in a bag next to the door; leave a notebook open with a pen on your kitchen counter.
Insanely, obscenely small steps.
We overestimate what we can accomplish in a day, we underestimate what we can achieve in a year. Chronic inconsistency is always the mark of mediocrity; daily consistent habits are the path to creating something worthwhile – whether a company, a healthy body, a book or a talent in cooking.
* Behavior is spelt Behaviour where I was born!