In previous blogs on The Starter Log I have focused a lot on controlling the Controllables. Control the things that you can control and forgot about all of the distractions. After thinking more about this and reading up on some work of habit specialist, James Clear, I think we put ourselves in positions to make those Controllables harder then they should ever be.
You can always control your attitude, effort, energy, and focus but let's try and make those Controllables a little bit easier.
Like I mentioned before, we always have a choice and we can always control our actions, but in reality, a lot of those actions are responses to the environment we put ourselves in. The impact your environment has on your behaviors is extremely important and can determine your potential. Now, maybe you already know this, but if you're like me you might not have put much thought into this.
Have you ever walked into your house or a friend's and mindlessly grabbed a cookie or treat that was sitting on the kitchen counter?
Has your mind ever jumped to the TV that was on in the living room even tho you had no plans of watching it? Have you ever planned to go to the gym after work but instead told yourself you are "too tired" and "don't have enough time?"
The idea of being intentional about your environment is simple, but not easy. We all need to be conscious about our surroundings and realize how much they are affecting us. We often go through our day to day schedules without thinking about what has an effect on us.
If you want to eat healthier
- put fruit and veggies on the kitchen counter instead of treats.
- avoid junk aisles in grocery stores.
IF you want to stop watching TV
- put the remote in a drawer, away from the open eye.
- only turn it on when you know you want to watch something specific.
IF you want to work out more
- put your gym close out the night before
- buy a gym membership close to work or home
- workout first thing in the morning so you can't think of an excuse to skip all day long.
Our environment can often be viewed as something that is just there and something that we deal with. When things are more tangible, such as body image, we tend to be more intentional. For instance, have you ever wanted bigger arms, a skinnier waist or a flatter stomach? If so, you go workout. The more workouts you do, The better chance you have of getting to where you want to be. Focusing on health is pretty tangible and you can see your success.
Focusing on your environment is a litter bit different. It seems like our environment is this intangible factor in our life that we can't control. We need to treat our thinking about our environment the same way we do with our body because it works the same way. The more you think about it, the more you read about it, the more you ask about it, the sooner you will be able to achieve what you are looking for. Sure, we all know your environment can have a massive impact on your decision making, but let's be intentional about our thinking and the environment we put ourselves in.