Let me assume you have read my last blog articles and you already understand more about the value of being inspired.
You have become inspired, you have scheduled some of your new desired activities, you’ve even attached them to an already existing ritual, and now you need to make a habit out of the motivation you feel.
Let’s examine and perfect your routine, because that is where the secret of longevity lies. Only a regularly practiced routine can make a change.
The first important key is that your routine must start so easily that you cannot say no to it. You shouldn’t need motivation to start your ‘pre–game’ routine. Most of motivation is the side product of action – motivation doesn’t happen to people through passive exposure (listening to a story).
A couple of examples for easy ‘starts’:
– Tedious online research work could start by getting a coffee.
– Running routine could start by drinking a glass of water.
These physical tasks are so easy that you cannot say no to them, even on a sluggish day.
Sounds basic, but this is where most routines fail and that is why we can state, that the most important part of any regular routine is ‘starting’. If you can’t get motivated in the beginning (even if you are inspired), then you’ll discover that motivation often comes after starting. This is why your ‘pre–game’ routine needs to be incredibly easy to start.
The Second important key to take note of is that a lack of mental motivation is often linked to a lack of physical movement. “ If you want something done give it to a busy person!”
While your routine should be as easy as possible to start, it should have a light physical component to it. Your mind and your motivation will follow your physical movement.
It must be emphasized that physical movement does not have to mean exercise. For example, if your goal is to write, then your routine should bring you closer to the physical act of writing; for example, walk a certain path to your office where you write.
The third key is that for a good while you need to follow the same pattern every single time you start your activity.
The primary purpose of your ‘pre–game’ routine is to create a series of events that you always perform before doing a specific task. Your ‘pre–game’ routine tells your mind: “This is what happens before I do ___.”
Eventually, this routine becomes so tied to your performance that by simply doing the routine, you are pulled into a mental state that is primed to perform. You won’t need to know how to find motivation you will just need to start your routine.
I use this technique for high-performance pro-athletes, for high-achiever business people and for outstanding artists. Success happens to people who make habits out of activities that most people don’t do regularly.
Your ‘pre–game’ routine is basically creating a visceral “reminder” for yourself. Your ‘pre–game’ routine is the trigger that kick starts your habit, even when you’re not motivated to do it. R&R stands for Rest & Relaxation, the R&R&R leads to the perpetual cycle of action: Reminder & Routine & Reward
Habit creation is important because when you don’t feel motivated, it is often too much work to figure out what you should do next. When faced with another decision, you will often decide to just quit. However, the ‘pre–game’ routine solves that problem because you know exactly what to do next. There is no debating nor decision-making required.
From this point on the lack of motivation does not matter, because you just follow the pattern, the new habit.
Once you are motivated, the doors open to many different avenues you can take towards your desired new way of acting, living or being.
During this upcoming month perhaps create the structure of your desired new habits and start practicing this way of building those habits into your lives. HOWEVER, only choose one habit-structuring per week, otherwise you might get overwhelmed.
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