I came pretty close to blowing off my lifting this morning. Rather, I started telling myself that I would justs go home and lift with dumbbells “later”. I had opened the gym, was feeling sick of being there, but I had my workout clothes with me.
Now, in Noël’s World, “later” generally doesn’t happen. When I give myself an excuse like this, chances are very good I’m trying to wiggle out of whatever is going on. When I realized what I was doing, I just told myself, “For pity’s sake! Just go lift and shower. You’ll still get home quite early in the morning in time to get your other work done. If you blow it off, you’ll be blowing things off all day in procrastination.”
I try very hard to optimize my life so that it’ll be easier and make more sense to do the productive thing. You know, like packing one’s gym bag the night before, setting up the crock pot to cook dinner and having housework routines. I don’t how much time it saves in the real world, but it does save mental effort and Stuff Gets Done.
The author of The No-S Diet, Reinhard Engels, likens habit to a large and powerful beast that you can domesticate and use the energy to suit your purposes. I think this is true. ‘Course bad habits are as powerful and dumb as the good ones!
How do you replace a bad habit with a good one, or get rid of a bad habit?