As I sit writing this article the world continues to remain tremendous chaos. During times of chaos it is imperative we have the right perspective. So often our immediate reaction is to try to understand so that we can control. While that is a natural reaction and even a right reaction, too many times we focus on things we can’t control.
To be successful in times of crisis, we must focus on what we can control.
A few years ago my colleague and partner Brandon White introduced me to the idea of becoming path oriented rather than goal oriented. We can set a goal, but if we are not on the right path, we won’t realize the goal.
James Clear in his book,
says something similar. “Forget about goals, focus on habits.” He makes the point that with the right system of habits, you could forget about your goals and still achieve them. He’s not suggesting that we skip goal setting. Only making the point that without the right habits, our goals will never be reached.
The right path is paved with great habits. Right path + good habits + grit = Goals Achieved!
I am going to share three things that have been useful to me in this quest accomplishing more of my goals by focusing on the right path and better habits. Hopefully they will be helpful to you as well.
Take Control of Your Day by Taking Control of Your Morning
There have been several research studies done looking at both adults and college students. These studies have revealed that people who are successful at maintaining an exercise regimen consistently over a long period of time have built initiating triggers into their day. These triggers initiate them into the behavior of exercise.
For some, it’s finishing work and then immediately going to the gym. For others, it is waking up and getting a glass of water, drinking 6 to 8 ounces and then moving into their exercise routine. There were multiple initiating triggers, but those who had developed them were much more consistent in exercise over a long period of time than those that did not have triggers.
By taking control of your morning, you will have a much higher chance of creating a great day. Derail your morning and the likelihood of having a productive day becomes challenged.