I have been doing a lot of writing, and thinking, and traveling in the past year, and I had a ton of success and some downfalls. But the major thing I learned is that Habits are Powerful. This year, I have several goals, and I will achieve them in some form or another by carefully defining my process goals (sign up for the Newsletter if you want a free explanation on Achieving Audacious Goals) and creating habits based around achieving those goals.
My #1 achievement goal in 2014 is to self-publish my first book, Becoming a Brave Monkey: An Uncommon View of Adventuring, Achieving Audacious Goals, and Living the Stoked Life (look out for the book announcement in the coming weeks).
Recently, I have been skipping out on my morning meditation as a result of getting caught up in traveling and trying to write. You know what I found out?
It’s really hard to write without meditating in the mornings.
It’s really hard to stay calm and keep myself from feeling anxious or feel my shoulders start to rise up. It’s hard to smile as much without meditating.
So in order to self-publish Becoming a Brave Monkey, I am going to create the meditation habit for good. Here’s how I will do it:
The cue: I will leave my Emwave2 in front of my kettle in the mornings. Tea will be the reward - I can no longer start my day with tea until after I have meditated. I have verified that this is a very appealing reward for me!
The habit: meditate for two cycles of the Emwave2. Pick up my notepad and begin to write after the second cycle is completed, but keep my Emwave2 on and registering during the writing.
The reward: make tea. Ahhh! And continue to write or go to work.
There are a few other things I am going to do this year, as well:
1. Keep the podcast going! Connect with and interview 30 new influencers in 2014.
2. Take the GRE and get into Graduate School.
3. Run 26 miles on my 26th birthday in a new place - Oregon. The McKenzie River Trail. Want to join me?
4. Do pushups, body squats, handstand pushups, yoga poses, or back stretches every time I use the bathroom during a day (the cue). This will break up the day and keep me moving. The reward will be reading 5 minutes of a book or blogs that I enjoy.