32. Building Habits

Photo by Tamar Waskey; Quote by Michael Clifford

They say it takes 28 days to make a habit.

I’ve tried that with running, and I’ve run consistently for several months straight, but then I loose interest or feel my time should be spent on something else I feel is more important, and I stop running for a while.

I think instead of just hashing out 28 days, a better approach is engagement and motivation. You do see this in runners—all the memes are true: some of us sleep with our running clothes on so we don’t have to get dressed in the morning; some of us listen to upbeat music to keep going. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to fitness, and whenever I am trying to get in the mood to go running, I look at that board to get motivated. Usually that is enough for me to get on the treadmill or hit the road after work (Yes I tried running in the mornings, but I am not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination).

In my businesses it helps that I have a set schedule to post on this blog and my social media outlets (check out #mgspear_ for this blog and #teazzed for my tea business), and whenever I post I can check that task off and feel more motivated that all this stuff might just actually work. I have to take it one day at a time to stay motivated.

What motivates you? What keeps you engaged?

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