The Importance Of A Morning Power Habit
Every morning I get up, wash, tidy my room and then play a game of chess. It’s routine. It sets my day up for high levels of productivity. It works for me.
What follows is powerful. I put the kettle on, make myself a cup of green tea and just sit there. Sipping. Thinking. Reflecting. It’s my 10 minutes to get the wheels in motion.
The only thing that goes through my mind at that time is a question. A question that sets my day up and allows me to be honest with myself.
“What one thing can I do today to take me one step closer to my goal?”
It’s a powerful question. Sure, it might not sound like much but the impact it has on my day is huge. You see, doing one thing each day is often all it takes.
We, as humans, often make things too complicated. We try to do lots of things at once and often lose sight of what we are trying to achieve. We focus all our attention on trying to becoming good at everything rather than a master at one.
What if I told you doing just one thing that may be all it takes?
Allow me to explain.
* In 2009 a group of researchers funded by the National Institute of Health wanted to take a different approach to tackle the goal of weight loss. They collected a group of 1600 obese people. The people’s job was simple. At least 1 day a week fill in a daily food journal. That was it.
They weren’t told to change their diet or how many times a week to exercise. Nothing. The researchers just wanted writing their food down once a week to become a habit. The group responded slowly at first but over time they started to become more consistent. Many of them started to log their food more than once a week without anyone telling them to do so.
Soon the people in the group were noticing patterns throughout their day. Some would get hungry around mid-morning so they started bringing foods such as bananas and apples for themselves to eat. In other words, they started picking up on their daily eating habits and started taking action on it.
After 6 months those who kept a daily food journal lost twice as much weight as those who did not.
All it took was one thing. A simple but effective concept.
That one thing became a habit. That habit allowed them to identify other habits within their life that were stalling their progress. In other words it started to create widespread change that led to greater weight loss over a 6 month period.
This was a success because the habit they were asked to put in place was easy. People had little resistance to it. Doing something like tracking food intake for 1 day per week takes little time. To paraphrase Leo Babauta, it was so easy they couldn’t say no.
I am a big believer in making things as easy as possible. Set yourself up to win. Find something you can do and get really consistent at it. That’s where the magic is.
Remember the question I put to you at the start of this article? I want you to give it a go. Each morning. Don’t tell yourself what you must do. Don’t tell yourself what you should do. Don’t tell yourself you will try and do something.
Ask yourself: “What CAN I do?”
That’s what the researchers asked themselves. What can we ask the group to do that is easy and will lead to long term results? They found it. So can you.
Don’t think this will only work for weight loss. Apply it to business, relationships, work. Anything. The habits might be different but the concept remains the same.
Here’s what you do:
· Identify something you want to achieve – (build a better body, increase productivity, make more money etc)
· Work out one thing you CAN do that can help you create change. (this maybe once a week, it maybe everyday)
· Remember to make it as easy as possible for yourself
· Start looking for patterns that seem to emerge
It’s not a complicated process.
It’s simple. Just like it should be. Making changes in your life doesn’t have to be hard. You can do just one thing and make changes. I know you can. I do it. My clients do it. Now it’s your turn.
* Reference was taken from The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg