We are almost into the third month of the New Year. Have you fallen off track already? If so, did you already give up on yourself? Do you believe you gave yourself a fair chance?
I randomly picked up a book at my sister -in-law house called Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith, literally on the first of January. Which is ironic because the book is about factors that debilitate us from making positives behaviors we seek to change in ourselves. The perfect book to read at the beginning of the New Year right?
I wanted to touch on some of the take-aways in hopes that you can apply them to the goals you have set for yourself this year.
Your Environment Will Not Cater to You!
Unfortunately, we do not have control over our environment as much as we may like to. Not to say that the Universe is actually out to get us, but rather the environment doesn't know your goals. The environment doesn't pick you out of the bunch and decides to cater to your needs, and your needs only. Instead you have control over how to respond to your environment.
We are Superior Planner and Inferior Doers
We tend to plan for the future with so much detail and precision yet not follow throught, even when the instructional manual is handed to us. For example, losing weight and getting fit. We alrealdy know what to do, eat healthier and exercise. Simple! But yet we fall short and skip out on going to the gym, and choose to buy not-so healthy lunches even when we packed our lunch for the day.
Identify Your Triggers
Self-discipline refer to achieving desirable behaviors and self-control refers to avoiding undesirable behaviors. We are good at making the nessecarry steps to achieve a goal, but it is hard not to submit to temptations. Learning your triggers will help you build your self-control.
You Need Rules
Quoted from the book, "We do not get better without structure." A major key to building structure is repetition. Structure is helpfull because it limits your options so that you are not thrown off track. This is how we can take control of the otherwise uncontrollable environment.
Overall, the book is great and it goes into details of strategies and reflections activities that you can use to fianlly make the postive changes to become the person you want to be.
Let me know in the comments if you read this book and your thoughts about it.