I have spent most of my life trying to be "consistent," and "disciplined" because thatʻs what everyone tells you that you need to do to be successful. Iʻve failed, again and again. Iʻm not naturally wired to do the same thing over and over again. I LOVE CHANGE. I LOOOOOVE change. I will change things just for the sake of craving something new. Does this sound familiar to you?
A little back-story on how I figured this out about myself: Have you heard about the Kolbe conation system? Many businesses use this to help their employees self-develop and work more happily and efficiently. I took this test because my teacher and mentor, Master Sang Kim, uses it heavily in his consultations. There are four different instinctual inclinations people have for getting things done, and the test scores you 1-10 on each. The lower the number means the less you operate in that way to take action. Letʻs just say I scored near the ceiling on the "Quick Start," the instinct that loves risk and novelty--a 9 out of 10. People who score this high tend to have a hard time functioning unless under specific conditions. (AH! It all makes sense!) And I scored a 3 on "Follow Thru." People with a high Follow Thru might love routines and doing the same things everyday (and tend to write a lot of productivity books). People like me try to follow their great advice and fail miserably (but no more!).
So, here I am, years after discovering my changey-nature, still trying to make sense of it all. I know that I need to do certain things everyday to be a healthy human. But when I start to try to do these very virtuous and necessary things, I last about 2 days before my plan falls off the rails. This requires some major psyche-hacking. What Iʻve discovered so far is that I do really well with social pressure. When I do things with people I get a million more things done than by myself (i.e. I get something done rather than binge watch Jimmy Fallon clips). Six months ago, I ponied up the funds and signed up for a daily Ashtanga Yoga Mysore practice. There is an enthusiastic, dedicated teacher waiting for me every morning, and a room full of other folks breathing, stretching and focusing their minds. Itʻs worth every penny. My shoulder injuries are starting to heal, my chronically tight spinal muscles are unwinding. And I am a gajillion times happier because Iʻm not torturing myself with trying to exercise on my own.
Employing this "Get a Teacher" strategy, I have signed up for Natalie Sissonʻs Suitcase Entrepreneur "15 Days to Freedom Blog Challenge." (Thus, the blog resurrects!) Her daily challenge for today is to describe your daily success plan, specifically as it relates to your morning. Iʻm using this as a springboard to try to get some healthy habits going--wake up and drink water, take my supplements, and take my prepared food with me for the day. I love to plan (and not do my plans), so Iʻm trying to keep it simple and doable. And because Iʻve been thinking about my morning needs for several months now, I know the details required for my success--a cooler and ice packs so my food doesnʻt spoil. Setting things out the night before so I donʻt have to remember what Iʻm supposed to do in the morning. I expect to run into my changeyness and will play with it. Perhaps Iʻll have some new insights to share.
How do you start your day? Do you like it? Do you love change? Or routine? If you have some thoughts or self-hacks to share, please do in the comments below!