Every night before going to bed I say to myself that from tomorrow onwards I shall start developing some good habits so that I can become a better person in comparison to what I am today. But gradually the next day pass by and again it is the time to sleep and then I realise that unfortunately I haven’t been able to keep the promise I made to myself yesterday night. This vicious thought cycle had probably been running inside my head since time immemorial .By the way let me tell you about the good habits that I really want to build; these include waking up early in the morning (@ 5am),going to the gym, reading a motivational book ,to appreciate nature’s beauty and spending some quality time with my near and dear one. But again unfortunately none of these thoughts had been turned into action till now .As I dig deep down into my thoughts as to why building few simple good habits are becoming so much difficult ,I came up with the following conclusions:
- I am LAZY :Yeah it sounds harsh but I have to admit it. Laziness has been cited by psychologist as a form of addiction. The longer you stay lazy, the harder it is to get out of this mess .However I believe that by cultivating a strong will power, it is possible to get rid of it.
2.There is no short-term gain involved: The human brain is always interested in doing things that offer short-term rewards, rather than waiting for long-term gain. For instance if a person is told that he will be awarded 500 dollars for waking up at 4 am and then running 3km the next morning, everyone probably will do the task. However if the same group of people are told to repeat the same activity daily for 6 months, and promised that they would be rewarded at the end of the task with the same 500 dollars, probably only a few will turn up for the task. This possibly explains my situation .I don’t see any short-term benefits coming my way and due to this I end up avoiding my long-term gain.
- I am not hungry for more :Before I got my job, I used to try all the extra things that would better my resume so that chances of getting a good job increase .But after I got my desired job and started earning a handsome salary, everything from there started getting slow. I started to realise that I was not pushing my limits and the hunger for betterment has vanished. If there is no hunger within us; we will all stop making any further progress.
4.No time for motivation :With the busy job schedule ,I hardly care to find time to motivate myself. This indeed is a great mistake on my part. Motivation is like an efficient fuel that keep us going in our search for perfection. Without self motivation our progress is going to halt.
So , now as I draw these conclusions it is already 12:05 am and I guess it is time to go to bed if I were wake up early so that I can carry on with the so called good habits. Hope this new year brings us more peace and prosperity than ever before. Good night………..