“Common knowledge is NOT common action” – Shawn Achor
This is one of my favourite golden nuggets of wisdom, out of the plethora contained in his wonderful book the The Happiness Advantage. I thought it was particularly relevant to include his wonderful saying because of my experience this morning.
Today I needed to wake up at 5:30am today. Once the alarm clock went off, I felt like I had been cheated, it felt like a second ago I had put my head down on the pillow. I know that I should NOT press snooze, as it messes up your circadian rhythm and the “extra” sleep you get is not restorative at all. However, despite knowing better I still went ahead and pressed the snoozed button.
So what is a pragmatic way to fight our natural human tendency to take the path of least resistance? As I have mentioned in a previous post (link here) it is essential to only tackle one at most two things at a time. As it takes concentrated and consistent effort to lay down those new neural tracks to create a new habit. However, the good news is once you are able to create that new habit, after about 3 weeks momentum will take over and you will be effortlessly executing what you know you should be doing.
However, for me I find that making the change is the easiest part. What is truly the most difficult aspect is whether I am truly being honest with myself about whether I am basing my action off the right principles. This is a soft skill that can not be broken down. It requires constant attention and reflexivity to step back and analyze what your doing, but almost as if you are observing another person’s action not yours. This may sound really hard, and it is! But the reward for doing so makes it 100% worth it!
Be Happy and Chase your Dreams,
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