I read a great blog post today by Leo Babauta about overcoming procrastination when it comes to habit formation.
It was a conversation he had with his mom and she basically said that she doesn't go down that "slippery slope." Most habits only take a couple of minutes to do versus what could happen long term if she doesn't do them.
For example, flossing your teeth only takes a couple of minutes. If you don't floss your teeth, you could be looking at dental problems in the future that could take more time, energy, and money. So, she simply says that she does the positive habit rather than go down that slippery slope.
I love that philosophy because it's so dead on. Many changes that we want to make really don't take that long to complete. We just need to stop thinking about them and just do them. Instead of thinking of habit change as an inconvenience, think about the longer-term effects of not doing it.
Do 30 minutes of daily exercise or look at potential health deterioration down the road.
Spend 5 minutes writing a journal entry to relieve tension or let the stress build up into high blood pressure.
Make time to eat healthier or spend time taking medication and going to doctor's visits.
You get the idea. We can either take time to front load or go down that slippery slope. Stay away from the slippery slope.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.