This post is the fourth in a series of six I’m doing in partnership with the Cherry Marketing Institute. As always, opinions and wacky ideas are my own.
If there was one habit you could do that would keep you on track with all the rest of your habits, what would it be?
I wrote about this idea a few years ago, when for me this habit was reading — filling my brain with positive, inspiring ideas each morning kept me excited about improving lots of areas in my life.
But people change. We go through seasons in our lives. And when it comes to my most important habit, I’ve changed my tune.
My friend and accountability partner, Jeff Sanders, was recently asked about his “anchor” habit on Mindful Creator podcast. His answer: energy. From the moment he wakes up, drinking a liter of water first thing in the morning, Jeff focuses on maximizing his energy levels, so that he stays motivated and capable of being the person he needs to be for his business and life.
As I heard this, I realized that — perhaps due to my association with Jeff — energy has become my anchor habit, too.
The Energy Focus
We often read about how willpower is overrated, how it’s depletable like a muscle and is only one part of the habit-change equation.
But let’s not ignore it entirely: willpower is a part of habit change, and it’s a big one. And sleep, stress, and nutrition — all of which clearly influence our energy levels — profoundly affect our ability to stick it out when we want nothing more than to quit.