Do you have a dream?
What would you do tomorrow, if all your appointments were cancelled?
What did you do on your last day off?
days a lot of books on self-development are being pushed onto the
market. And many of them are about habits and what you can/should/have
to do in order to achieve goals and lead a happier life. Recently I've
had a couple of weeks off. I am the type of person who never runs out of
things to do, who never gets bored, who never sits at home on his
goddamn couch and watches whatever on TV. I love life. I am riddled with
dreams. But what did I do? I slept a lot. Got up late, ate, watched
videos, read blogs about how life could be, cooked, ate, watched more
videos, ate, slept again. I did not even get started on living my
dreams. Back when I was busy I'd have laughed at myself. Then I realized
how important healthy habits are to be successful. Without them I would
just float from day to day without getting things done.
So I made a plan.
called it the 1-hour-programm. It was a simple as it sounds: I just
decided to do one specific thing one hour a day. In my case it was 20
minutes meditation, 10 minutes reading and 30 minutes sports (bodyweight
exercises). I resolved to keep "my hour" as a daily habit for 2 months.
Even if I should decide to scrap one or all of those three things, I
would have to wait until the end of those 2 months. Guess what? It
didn't work. First I thought that limiting the time to 2 months would
make it easier for me to stick to my plan and commit 100%. But it didn't
help. On some days I just "did not find the time" to do it. Which means
I did not plan it properly or I just found other things to be more
important. But then I saw a video of Tim Ferris, where he explains you should not expect to be "on track" all of the time.
That was the complete opposite of my approach!
that I just compared a new habit with brushing your teeth: There's no
way you're not going to do it. But then again: Everyone has probably
skipped brushing one's teeth at least a few times. Important is not the
fact, that you skip it, but rather what happens afterwards. If you're
really serious about it, you will not skip it twice in a row. It's not about staying on track, it's about getting back on track.
your dream is to become a world champion boxer, you don't envision
never being hit, do you? Of course you want to be the one who hits the
other guy more often then he can hit you. But in the end it is just as
It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.
So the next time you skip a new habit: That's a hit. Can you take it?