On Monday, I told you about a new bet I placed on myself to stay accountable and finally get to the gym multiple times a week.
Guess what? It’s working. Even when I don’t want it to.
I’ve been checking in to the gym 5 of the last 7 days — but most days, even I’m surprised that I actually end up working out.
Here’s what happened on Tuesday:
I was coming home from work around 5:30pm and spotted the gym — remember, I specifically picked this gym because it is on my route to and from work.
Honestly, I didn’t feel like working out. I was tired, it was cold and I just wasn’t in the mood. But remember, my only objective is to complete my micro-habit by going inside and checking in. At the very least, I didn’t want to bruise my own ego.
So grudgingly, I stepped in the door and walked up the stairs to swipe my card, fully intending to turn around and immediately walk out.
Then, as I swiped my card, I noticed an empty leather chair in the lounge area.
“Might as well sit down before I have to go back outside.”
One thing led to another and before you know it, I had a cup of coffee in my hand.
(It was right next to the chair — laziness preserved)
I started sipping.
What’s this? A small spike in motivation?
It’s was probably just the drugs working — but I didn’t care. I went with it.
I checked my watch…
“I have 15 minutes to kill before I have to be anywhere…might as well walk on the treadmill or something.”
I started walking, then the endorphins came.
45 minutes later, I’d completed an entire workout, including the squats seen in the gratuitous selfie above.
And the true power of the micro-habit/trigger system dawned on me.
It’s so daunting to try something new — especially when you have big expectations for yourself.
You want to win. You want to be successful. You don’t want to let yourself or the people around you down.
But that’s the beauty of starting with something very small, like just walking into the gym.
The barrier to entry is small, but the potential dividends are huge.
Start something small. Today.
You’ll be amazed where it might take you.