“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi
There was a bag of chocolate covered blueberries sitting on a table in our office. My partner Rod and I ate about 20 of them in 3 hours. We then moved the bag from the table to a cupboard, an extra 5 feet away. We ate ZERO for the rest of the day. The saving grace… activation energy.
Activation energy doesn’t sound too sexy (except to maybe an MIT biochemistry graduate), but it’s your best friend if you’re trying to stop your bad habits or start good ones. It’s the difference between having that extra cookie, or skipping a workout you had planned.
Activation energy is what makes it easier or harder to do something. Simple as that. It’s why going through a transformation is much easier with a partner. A partner makes it MORE difficult to lose your path because now you’re letting someone else down besides yourself. It’s why you had those extra 3 cookies that were sitting on the counter. They were there for the taking… couldn’t be easier.
The only way you’re going to live your best life is to first make the DECISION to improve. Then you’ll focus on changing bad habits, and starting good ones. Changing habits is the key.
People think it’s all about willpower. It’s not. Everyone’s willpower can be depleted. The people who succeed put things in place to guarantee success. These people make the bad habits more difficult to continue, and the good habits easier to implement.
This is good news. Now you can stop stressing over not having willpower, and focus on putting things in place to lead a better life. A life of happiness and abundant energy.
Nobody’s saying you can’t have the odd chocolate covered blueberry. Thank god, because they’re damn good!
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ― William Durant