One Vital Component to Forming A New Habit

Mike Coval
May 7, 2021

Normally, I write my emails for the week on Sunday morning. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote them on a Friday afternoon. The following Sunday was so much more productive without having writing emails on my plate.

So here I am, a week later, writing this email on a Friday morning at 6:17 AM. This is the 3rd of 3 emails I wrote this morning and it's not been easy.

Let's just say that my creative juices aren't really flowing right now and writers block has been prevalent this morning.

Nonetheless, I'm still here writing the emails.

Why?

Well besides the fact that I enjoy the process of writing them, I know that it will free me up to get more done on Sunday's. I know that it's good for me mentally if I get it done now.

It's a new habit.

Like most new habits, it is tough.

However, the one thing that I'm doing that will make this easier as time goes on is that I'm acting on it.

I'm overcoming the resistance of the voice in my head saying:

"You can do this on Sunday. Open your browser and lets get back to your physiology course you're taking."

"This is tough. Let's focus on something else that charges you up."

"You need more sleep. Go back to bed and do this later this afternoon" (this ran through my head when the alarm went off)

With most new habits, we're going to have that resistance hit us. Do whatever you have to do to overcome it, take action on it, and do so consistently. Over time, it will get easier and you will be happier than hell that you decided to push through rather than make excuses.

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