Look, any kind of self-improvement is an uphill battle.
What’s more, the hill becomes much steeper if you don’t pay credence to the laws of nature.
Eric, just what the hell does this mean?
Okay, if you’re not getting my drift yet:
You need to do your absolute best to make healthy habits convenient and unhealthy habits inconvenient.
My Gym Experience
I used to go to this hardcore gym in my city.
It was like a grown mans playground. It had tons of free-weights, strongman equipment, odd objects, a hardcore vibe, and good music.
It turns out that it was also convenient. I lived and worked about 10 minutes away, and I’d usually go over and train before or after work, or on my off days.
Then I moved and quit my job.
Guess how many times I went to that gym before I finally cancelled my membership?
4-5 times over a year period.
It just wasn’t convenient. It was now a 30 minute drive (on average), my new job had totally different hours, and on top of that I had a young child, I was going to school, and I was trying to start a business.
Needless to say driving 1 hour both ways to train wasn’t going to work with how busy I was.
The Power of Making Healthy Habits Convenient
So what did I do?
I made my own home gym. Luckily I had the space and some idea of what I needed.
Once I had some equipment set up, my consistency went through the roof. I would find myself training just because my equipment was a stones throw away.
This story illustrates my point: make healthy habits convenient.
Some examples of how you can do this:
- Keep healthy food close at hand, and eat it.
- Find a good spot to walk or run outdoors near where you live.
- Build a home gym, or at least have some basic equipment close (get creative).
- Go to a gym that’s very close.
- Get some exercise videos for cardio.
The Flip Side: Making Less Healthy Habits Inconvenient
I think we’ve all had (or still have) the not so good habit of hitting the alarm clock a couple times before we actually wake up.
What’s the easiest way to remedy this problem?
Put the alarm clock on the other side of the room.
When you do this you make it very inconvenient to turn it off and go back to sleep.
Now this is just one small example, but it illustrates my point.
More examples of making unhealthy habits inconvenient:
- If you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it. Leave calorie-dense processed foods on the shelf at the store.
- Turn off and put away all electronic devices an hour before bed. Don’t bring them into the room.
- Make your bed inviting and comfortable. Get a good mattress.
- Stay out of places where you’ll spend too much money (don’t hang out at malls!).
Do you see how this works?
Do you see how it can help you?
Make it easier on yourself. Don’t make an uphill battle steeper.
Wield the power of convenience wisely. Your health depends on it.