Escaping the “Easily Inspired, Rarely Changed” Mode and Building True Success
“Give your goals a time and place to live in the world.”
What do you want to accomplish? What is that goal? And, if you’ve failed to accomplish that goal, what was the reason?
I can’t count the number of great Ideas that have evaporated in spite of my best intentions. Have you ever experienced that? You want to transform your health, your business, your performance and what happens?
For me, failure happens when habits aren’t formed. Or rather success habits aren’t formed.
But I didn’t have clarity on that until I watched a session that James Clear presented, and he said, “Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.”
And it all clicked for me. Things that I do routinely, tend pay dividends down the line. When I meditate every day, I enjoy emotional balance. When I schedule tasks and time to complete them in my calendar, they get done. When I floss every day…OK…I’m lying about the flossing.
The Inspiration Delusion
I am easily inspired. I love conferences. I sit up front. I take notes. I am present and more often than not I am inspired. But there’s a limited shelf life to inspiration. Sometimes it expires before I’m back from the conference. What’s lacking is what Clear calls “implementation intention.”
He shares the results from a study on creating better exercise habits. Group A was told to track how often they exercised. Group B was given a motivational speech on exercised. Group C was given a motivational speech and told to complete the following sentence “I will partake in at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise on [day of the week] at [time of day] at/in [place].”
The Power of Implementation Intention
The results are dramatic. 38% of Group A increased exercise habit (just by tracking); 35% of Group B increased exercise habit (just by being motivated); however, 91% of Group C increased exercise habit. The difference was the “implementation intention.”
The “why” behind our intention is often flamboyantly obvious. The “what” is likely to be equally evident. But it is the “when” and “where” that add the secret sauce – the implementation intention – and allows you to be successful.