Most of us spend our working days at a desk, hunched over a computer, usually with our brains in a knot. By the end of the day, our bodies are stiff and in need of movement, but our minds are tired and worn down.
Since the brain has the final say, most of us probably go home and sit in front of the TV, hoping to relax and unwind. When tomorrow rolls around, we drag ourselves out of bed and begin the whole cycle again.
Needless to say, we are creatures of habit. We can however use this characteristic to our advantage. We can form habits that are good for us and keep us healthy, rather than bad habits that could ultimately lead to our demise.
The challenge is starting a good habit, and taking that first step. You've heard it said many times, the first step is always the hardest. But once we are used to a certain routine, everything after that will feel less like pulling teeth. Just like a toddler who is being potty-trained, the first few attempts at forming a habit may be unsuccessful.
But don't feel discouraged, because these foundation steps will serve as stepping stones to reaching your goal. Just keep at it. You will succeed and before you know it, a great habit will be in place. I promise it will happen for you someday. Or else, we would all still be walking around in diapers!
So how do we take that first step? There's really no secret involved, and I wish I could say that there is. One thing is for sure, you have to start somewhere. In fact, start anywhere, any day, at any moment.
Some wise person out there has said, "Do not wait for the perfect moment. Seize this moment and make it perfect." Just try. Don't overthink. The minute you allow yourself to think, your brain will come up with a bunch of reasons as to why you shouldn't start. Sometimes you may feel a certain urge to start and that's the best time to act.
Usually though, we'll have no desire at all, and end up just putting it off for yet another day. In that case, you'll just have to light your own spark. Just jump. Let yourself fall into the habit like gravity.
Take the first step and the rest will be a series of trial and error. There will be adjustments but you basically will more or less be doing the same thing. Soon your body will know that this is what's gonna happen from now on, and a habit will form. You might even wonder how you ever managed without it.
Whether it may be drinking more water each day, sleeping early, or exercising regularly, let yourself take small steps. As small a step you need. Your first attempt at working out could simply be doing the warm up, or even just stretching. Do what feels comfortable, but be honest with yourself. Let yourself ease into it slowly. Patience is the key. Your body needs the time to adjust and your brain also needs time to learn. Repetition and time will be your friends.
In the beginning, you might not feel any different, but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. By just trying and taking the first step, you have put yourself on the path that will lead you to your goal. Remember, there is no one way to start a habit, which is why there is no manual out there teaching us how to form great habits. You know yourself best. So do it your way. Create your own manual, because without a doubt, your way is the best way.
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