The one habit that stuck
I always have many things I want to do. Of course, most I don’t start, and many others fail. Except exercising. I started a few years ago and never stopped. Two things really helped me.
Doing it a little
When I started, all I knew was running. Where I was living, there was only one road I could run, and it went uphill. I was unhappy and stressed and rarely felt like doing anything. I only managed to drag myself to it thanks to one thought:
It’s better to do it badly than to not do it at all.
I really didn’t want to do it and I knew I would do a bad job, but once a week this one thought forced me to push through it. Once running a bit was a habit, I could increase gradually.
Maybe, the more reasons I have to do something, the more likely I am to do it.
I have noble and selfish reasons. Good and bad reasons. Maybe even good and evil reasons.
Yes, we have selfish and bad and evil parts. I don’t know how to integrate them. But I figure I better use them well than suppress them.
Reasons I exercise:
- For IQ
- For the ladies
- To stay physically healthier on the long term
- For confidence in social situations
- To feel healthier, happier, fitter, generally better
- Something dark inside me loves the willpower, if not self-tyranny of it
- To prove wrong (well, make wrong) the people who would think of me as weak
Success with your own goals for the new year!