For example, are you working out first thing in the morning or right after work? If you’re working out first thing in the morning, have your clothes laid out and ready to put on in the morning. If you’re working out after work, have your clothes packed and ready to take with you. Also, if you know exactly what you’re doing for your workout before you start, you can get right into your workout and get it done a lot faster.
3. TAKE ACTION RIGHT AWAY
Once you take ownership, plan, and prepare ahead of time, it’s time to take action right away and get after your goals. Lack of taking action is one of the biggest reasons people don’t reach their goals. So, you want to act as soon as you can.
Here are a few examples.
You don’t have time to work out? Get up 20 minutes earlier and work out before going to work. This way you don’t have to worry about missing your workout later. You can work out longer if you’d like and have time, but you can get a solid workout done in as little as 20 minutes if you’re pressed for time.
You don’t have time to cook that much food? On one day of the week, make your food list and buy everything you need for the week ahead. Then, cook twice during the week. Each time cook enough food to last you half the week. This way you’re only cooking two times during the week. You save time and money this way.
You don’t have what you need to get started? Get started with what you have now and get what you need as soon as you can. For example, if you don’t have a piece of workout equipment you need, get started working out without it, and get it when you can. Bodyweight workouts are a great way to start working out without equipment. Want a gym membership but don’t have one? Workout at home for now. Don’t have a fancy bag to take your food with you to work? Use a paper bag. Get started with what you have now and don’t let not having something keep you from doing anything.
Practice these three principles of taking 100% ownership of everything that happens in your life, planning and preparing ahead of time, and taking action right away. We covered a few examples, but these three principles can be applied to most if not all areas of your life.
It can be tough to apply these three principles at first. None of us are going to just magically be able to apply a new mindset and habits perfectly without slipping up now and then. But, every time we repeat something to ourselves, we reinforce the mindset and habit.
So, if you keep repeating the mindset and habit, you’re going to reinforce the idea, the mindset, and the habit you want to build.
After a while, if you keep reinforcing that new message and habits, you’ll find you start to get things done and make a lot more progress faster and with less friction. You’ll also start to feel more confident and a lot better about yourself.