Routines are how we achieve what we need to accomplish daily. It is within these routines that we integrate the actions that allow us to attain our goals with repetition. To build strong routines, we must know how they work to create the habits we need to be consistent and grow over time.
Here is a summary of what I have learned about how routines work and how they can help you achieve everything you have always wanted to do.
The Secret Sauce
It’s easy: the secret is taking consistent actions that will inevitably bring you the results you want. This will not happen because you are focused on the results, but because you are taking the necessary actions. If you are consistent with the actions, the results will come as a byproduct. Focus on the actions, the everyday steps you take, and don’t look at the scoreboard.
Eventually, you will notice that everything is aligning, and results are starting to appear.
Habits are how we get those actions done automatically as part of a routine. The first few times we do something, it may take a lot of effort. If we are consistent, however, we eventually create habits that become automatic because the brain creates shortcuts in our brain to save energy. The more our routines become habitual, the easier it will be to get those actions done. You won’t need to decide whether you want to do something – instead, you will just do it as part of your routine without even thinking about it. This will save you time and effort, and you will be able to achieve more than you ever believed possible. If going to the gym, eating healthy, and sleeping well are habits, you will adapt to doing all those steps automatically.
Consistency vs. Intensity
We tend to be very intense when we want to achieve something. We get inspired and give the actions our all but then quickly lose motivation. This is the reason why gyms make most of their income in January when everyone gets motivated by their New Year’s resolutions. They start going to the gym intensely, hoping that this year will finally be different. The problem is they put so much pressure on themselves that they burn out and give up quickly. What makes the most difference is doing a little bit each day, consistently, and letting the effect accumulate over time.
One Thing at a Time
Often, when we see the need for change, we want to do everything at once, but it’s much better to start with one habit at a time. If we try to do too much, it might all fail. Take it slow.
Also, start small whenever you start working on something new. Better to begin a little at a time and build up when you are confident that your routine will allow the change. Patience is key, as new habits take time to integrate. When the first one is fully a part of what you do consistently, then you are ready to start something new.
Next week, I will share with you more secrets for creating the perfect routine for yourself.