What do you think is normal?
Is it normal to hit the snooze button repeatedly for an hour every day? Is it normal to deadlift twice a week? Is it normal to eat junk food daily? Is it normal to exercise every single day?
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act but a habit.” That is a great interpretation of some work from Aristotle by Will Durant and it holds true whether we’re talking about fitness or anything else in your life.
So what are we? What is normal to us? Well, you can easily make something normal if you do it over and over again. Getting up just in time to not eat breakfast, take a quick shower and have road rage outbursts on your way to work is normal if you do it most days. Feeling tired all day then staying up late to watch a Friends re-run is normal if you repeatedly do it.
How do we get out of this cycle? Simple. Start small but change some of your habits. You can’t? That’s just a lie you tell yourself. The reality is most of us know exactly what we need to do but we try to fight it.
Feedback helps. So where to start? Reflection. Take a few minutes at the end of your day and write down how you could have made the day even better. Write it in a notebook, take a note in your phone, text yourself, whatever, just do it. Don’t want to take that time at night? Ok, in the morning, write down a few things that will make today great or could have worked better yesterday. You will start to see patterns of what you need to do and be able to make changes from there.
This little practice of reflection will go a long way in creating change in your daily life, your habits and what is normal to you. Try it tonight. Now you’ll have a new positive habit in your life and hopefully the start of many more.
Also, stop hitting the snooze button.
Coach Mike N
Currently a little tired but won’t watch Friends tonight.