I attended a 3 day conference not too long ago to obtain some continuing education credits, learn some new things, and
eat a shitload of doughnuts try to better myself as a coach.
I really did eat doughnuts though, ^ those exact ones… and THEY. WERE. INCREDIBLE. That middle doughnut, brown butter pecan, was….pure diabetes inducing bliss (Knead Doughnuts, Providence, RI, if you were wondering).
During this conference, the top minds in the fitness field discussed conditioning protocols, program design, how to improve your business… all invaluable, yet pretty standard, information for this type of conference.
Yet there was one thing that A LOT of presenters identified as being the one factor that would help you become a better coach, grow your business, and fatten your wallet.
And when the brightest minds, top earners, and trail blazers in your field say you should probably do something… well, you’d be stupid not to do it!
So from that moment on, I decided I was going to start making some habit and lifestyle changes to exponentially increase the amount of reading I got done.
Prior to the conference, I had tried and failed to incorporate more reading into my daily routine. I had heard that if you read for an hour every day, in 7 years you would have obtained enough information to be considered an national expert in your field.
So I tried to read for an hour every day.
And I failed… big time. I was lucky to get 8 minutes.
So coming home from my conference, fueled with a new sense of eagerness and determination, I decided to start reading just 5 minutes per day. Much easier than 60.
I also identified the times when I was most likely to accomplish this. For me, it was right before I left for work for my first client at 6am.
So starting July 2nd, the first day after getting home from my conference, I would wake up at 4:55am, perform the necessary morning hygiene, make a cup of coffee, and sit my ass down and read for 5 minutes before leaving for my first client.
Just 5 minutes. It’s not a lot of time. I’d be lucky to finish more than a few pages.
But I did it again.
Soon enough I was pretty consistent. I had strung along at least 14 consecutive days of reading for 5-10 minutes, and it was then I decided that 5-10 minutes were bitch numbers.
And I’m no bitch.
So I bumped it to 15 minutes.
15 became 20. 20 soon became 25.
Once this became my new morning routine, I started to realize that my time spent commuting to work was being wasted by listening to music. So I started listening to audiobooks. I know thats not ‘reading’, but its accomplishing the same task.
So take my 25 minutes in the morning (and now sometimes at night too), plus the 40 minutes I spend commuting to and from work, and I now read for over an hour per day. I’ve come quite a long way from struggling to read just 10 minutes.
WTF does this have to do with me Chris, puh-lease get to the point.
Your goals and habits are no different than mine in terms of how to see success.
No one loses 25lbs overnight.
Nobody adds 100lbs to their deadlift after one training session.
And no one improves their eating habits with the snap of a finger.
It takes time. Start small, and then build off of very tiny successes. I don’t care what your goal is, if it’s a goal that will positively impact your life, you’re likely in it for the long haul. Don’t try to be a superhero and drastically alter your habits and lifestyle to accomplish your goal. It won’t work. Believe me, I’ve tried.
Start small. Do the absolute bare minimum. Then do just slightly more than that tomorrow or next week. Then a little bit more the following day/week. Repeat.
When it comes to changing habits to better your life, consistent small victories will trump inconsistent big victories ten times out of ten and twice on Sunday.
“Little hinges swing big doors.” – Chris Sanchez
Looool just kidding, I didn’t come up with that phrase. I definitely stole it from someone. But it’s a very fitting phrase to live by when trying to change your habits or lifestyle.
Little hinges (little habit changes) swing big doors (make big lifestyle impacts).