Talk to Future You I was listening to a friend's podcasts called "?!" ( ) and she had a great segment I wanted to pass along (as well as add some thoughts I had). There is some food in front of you. You want to eat it. You know it's not a good choice....
There is some food in front of you. You want to eat it. You know it's not a good choice. However, you really would love to eat it. Monica brought up a great point. Talk to your future self. In the past, I've said I never felt bad getting off of a treadmill. I have felt bad waking up the next day and stepping on a scale and realizing that food choice that I knew wasn't good has had a negative effect on my weight loss efforts.
So Monica says to talk to your future self. Think about how future self will be. Ask yourself do you really need the thing you are wanting to eat. Ask yourself "tomorrow will I be glad that I _____" and if you answer NO, then you'll be glad you stopped yourself from taking bad steps.
I'm still listening to Atomic Habits (get it free on Audible) and he previously talked about habit stacking where I have stacked lifting weights while I wait for the microwave to finish. In the last chapter, I read he talked about taking things you know you should do and tie them to something you WANT to do. I do this during football season. I can only watch football if I'm on my treadmill or my exercise bike. The idea is you start to look forward to the exercise you have tied to the activity you want to do. This requires discipline and integrity. In other words, don't lie to yourself.
If you say, "I'll walk around the block before I watch my favorite TV show, and decide "I'll walk around the block AFTER the TV show, you have to discipline yourself. This sounds a bit like parents trying to get their kids to eat vegetables. "If you eat your green beans, you get an extra 15 minutes of video games..."
I love the idea of tieing actions to things you want to do, but don't fool yourself.
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