I had an interesting conversation in a mastermind group I recently joined. Its been a great experience – 3 likeminded people, with the same business struggles and a great source of support.
One of the issues one of my fellow group members had related to starting to properly plan and then stick to a plan. I told him that, in my experience, the biggest battle was habit.
To illustrate I mentioned that I go to my gym religiously 3 times a week. Yet 12 months ago I had never joined a gym in my life. Yes, I exercised reasonably well but I exercised around the time I had available after work, meals, weekend duties etc. What changed for me after joining the gym was I decided to go 3 times a week straight after dropping my son to school. I booked the time into my diary and since then I am now almost on auto pilot – every week, same time every 3 days.
What was once difficult to imagine me finding the time or discipline to do is now so engrained in my week that I don’t know why I didn’t do it years ago.
Its habit that allows us to overcome most of the obstacles we face. If you’re interested in learning more on this I totally recommend The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.
I got so much value from that book on the subject of habit. And ironically I listened to it on audible format. In the gym 3 mornings a week