Today’s guest post is by Erik Fisher. He is a full time family man, a husband and father to two kids, social media manager for Indiana Wesleyan University by day, a podcaster on productivity by night. Check out the interviews he’s recorded here and follow him on Twitter @ErikJFisher
I like to reflect on life at birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. So when New Year’s comes around–naturally I make a few changes.
This year, I decided to get up early–at 5 AM everyday to work out, and to focus on my dream. Then I could rack up my ten thousand hours of expertise. I also shared a resolution with my wife to get up early to pray together and talk with each other before the kids wake up.
But I’ve failed all my new years resolutions this year.
My track record speaks for itself:
I’ve slept in. My wife has slept in. We’ve said to each other quite a few times “we forgot to pray this morning”.
I’ve even gotten up early—only to watch television instead of workout or do anything productive.
But I refuse to quit.
Each time I derail, I dig deeper and get back on track. Each time I fall down, I get back up.
It takes a minimum of 21 days to form a new habit. We’re about 70 days into the new year.
And I have failed—A LOT.
But every time I fall short, I learn more about myself, and revisit the desire for change.
“Bad habits are like a comfortable bed. Easy to get into but hard to get out of.” - Anonymous
Do I really want change, or am I comfortable where I am?
Take a moment to think about where you are and where you want to be.
You know you want to change something.
Picture yourself as you finish writing your book.
Open a new business.
Dropping those extra pounds.
Or even just wake up early with coffee to finish reading a book.
What are you constantly reminded of that you need to change?
Now can you identify what is holding you back from doing it?
Face it down and fight the fear. Do it now. Keep getting up.