The first thing to understand is that you will not succeed at starting a new habit. How many times have you started something positive at the beginning of the year that stuck? Just look at the data. You’ve been terrible at this.
You didn’t quit smoking, you’re still eating red meat, and you’re still paying for HBO in-between seasons of Game of Thrones.
This is ok.
Because this means there’s no pressure. The only streak you’re in danger of breaking is one of annual failure.
Good. What else?
Just start. Stop looking for the magic crank. There is no magic crank for doing whatever it is that you want to do. An entire internet of listicles can’t save you. So stop searching. Once you’re underway, it doesn’t hurt to look around for some advice … as long as you don’t stop doing whatever it is that you’re trying to do. Also, be wary of any listicle author that doesn’t have the words serial and entrepreneur somewhere in their bio.
Thirdly, remember that even a heroine addiction is difficult to start. It starts bit by bit. Even though there’s nothing more addictive than heroine, it takes heroine babysteps to get there.
So don’t try to jump right in. If you’re trying to start a workout routine, don’t start with goals. The fitness-industrial complex won’t agree with that assessment. They’ll want you to know whether you’re looking to bulk up or slim down or run a 5-k or get toned and whether or not you are getting enough sleep. Next thing you know, you’ll be building a diet plan spreadsheet and doing handstands on some half-ball thing while a personal trainer looks on. For about two weeks.
Then you’ll stop. Because you put the habit horse before the habit cart.
Before you can run 5k for charity, develop a sweet 6-pack, or just get a little toned, you have to get to the gym. That’s the habit to start with. Just go. Don’t worry so much about what you are going to do when you get there. That’s not the hard part. The hard part is going, then going again, and then continuing to go.
Even if you’re just going and walking on the treadmill. Just go.
You’ll know when you’ve gone enough when some event gets in the way of your routine and you get mad.
Anyways. The point is that I got a Playstation 4 for Christmas and I need to start using it.