In 3 days I will be at the 90 day mark since I decided to wake up everyday at 5am, run, do +1 pushups, situps, and squats. When I started this, I was on day 50 of following the basic commitment formula everyday. Anyway, I am pleased that I have not only kept the 365 commitment but I have added the essential element of exercise to my life as well.
Now I am contemplating what next to add to my life, what next habit I can build upon. If my new theory is correct, and it proves to be true that a successful disciplined person is nothing more then the developing of good habits – then I am at the point of deciding what I am going to add in my next 90.
Tough decision. My new found commitment and dedication means that I know I am going to add this, and I am going to commit to it. I am going to blog about it periodically, I am going to focus on it and make it part of my life. So whatever I decide I better be happy with it. I am basically going to do it for 365 (or longer).
90 days seems right. It is the amount of time it takes to really build a habit. I am at the point that I do not even think about waking up at 5am, for example. It just happens. I have a moment where I think – wow – sleeping seems really good right now. However, I do not even entertain that thought, and I am already sitting at a desk pondering and praying over my 365 list. I started this whole thing, really contemplating the power of habit – and I think I have discovered that.
Beyond that is the belief that every morning I start a new, with a an inspired list to focus on what is important to me, to have God on my side, and to hold myself accountable at the end of the day. All of these have combined together to help me build a long lasting and what feels like a permanently ingrained habit.
So what is the next 90? Do I focus on a particular area – for example – eating better. Do I build successful series of habits around one ambition like that? The run, pushup, situp, squat concept was that way and that seemed to work. Perhaps that does not matter and I focus on a variety of things. I have lots of candidates that I have been going through as I contemplate this. I have given myself several days to think it through.
I have a notion that I want to learn a new language, improve my vocabulary, memorize important scriptures and quotes from famous people, memorize passages from Shakespeare, connect with new people everyday, work on my financial situation everyday, start writing a book, study a topic I find interesting everyday, resolve my nutrition gaps (eat better), memorize long strings of numbers (ok, I am crazy – I admit that – this is my list not yours).
Anyway, I have a lots of ideas of what I want new habits I want to build. I have certainly enjoyed adding the habits that I have and they have improved my situation dramatically. I am thinking I need to add the one that I LEAST want to do to. Why would I do that!? EMBRACE THE SUCK! I have to remember that motto. I do not want to focus on a few areas – I am avoiding them – but I know in my heart they are the most destructive to me and need the most work.
I need to stop avoiding the problem and really focus on improving the most critical things in my life. I will let that be my guide as I contemplate what to focus on changing in the next 90.
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