- Take your bicycle to a road in a hilly area, and position yourself between two hills.
- Start at the bottom of a hill, (in the valley), and ride up it from a standing start.
- Every time you push the pedal it’s a strain of exertion.
- Now that’s what we would call sheer willpower.
- Go to the top of the previous hill and cycle quickly down the hill towards your starting point in step 1.
- Then, when you get to the initial starting point, continue to pedal up the hill as you did in step 1.
- How much easier is it to pedal up the hill?
- In fact, if you’re going fast enough, and the hill is gentle enough, you might even get up over the second hill without exerting any effort at all.
- That’s momentum.
I have a structured routine that takes between 60 and 90 minutes each morning, and step 1 is simply to get out of bed and brush my teeth.This is an easy, simple, mindless task in itself, but it creates momentum so that the second step becomes more automatic. Also, by the time I’ve finished brushing my teeth, I’m fully awake.So, by forcing myself to just get up and take that first simple step at 05h00 every morning, the rest of my routine just flows . . . and by 06h30 I’m ready to tackle whatever the day throws at me.
You need to build momentum-generating activities into the beginning of your projects.That way, you only need willpower to actually take that first step, and then the momentum drives you through the process.
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