Good habits are good to do, so why don’t we do them? A lack of discipline is the easy answer, but how do we address that?
Perhaps: we slip too often into internal dialogue that convinces us the habit is not important to do:
- Tooth flossing is ignored, because we see our teeth in the mirror and think they look okay.
- Exercise becomes a forgotten daily activity, because we convince ourselves that dieting would more effectively lead to weight loss.
The problem here is that we are giving ourselves an opportunity to debate the pros and cons of the habit whenever we get up to do them. And our minds willingly find enough excuses to dissuade us from action.
But once we have established that a habit is good to do, we shouldn’t ever return to this mind calculation – if tooth flossing was a good thing to do on Day 0, then it should be a good thing on Day 100.
Therefore, one possible solution to address a lack of discipline in doing good habits is to schedule them into our daily or weekly routine.
- 9pm becomes tooth flossing time, and we avoid the internal dialogue.
- As soon as we wake up becomes exercise time, and we don’t let ourselves find excuses.
In short – scheduling and routinisation can lead us to discipline.
This topic is worthy of further reading and reflection…