The following text was written by: Leo Babauta. I borrowed it from him.
One of the best tricks I have learned to improve my likelihood of sticking to a habit is so simple.
Stop thinking of a new habit as something you have to do, but as something you get to do.
Let’s say you are starting a workout. Many people think, “OK, I gotta do this. It’s good for me, I am way too lazy, I need to burn off my fat, if I do this I will feel better about myself.” This is wrong, because then the workout is a chore you have to get through to get the benefits, and so you struggle through this boring, hard, sucky thing in order to get to the goal.
Instead, you can simply think, “I am allowing myself to do this. I get to do this. It’s a treat.”
And it is. A workout can be a lovely thing, where you feel your body moving, you push against the forces of gravity, you triumph despite the difficulty, you get fresh air and gorgeous nature and you are treating your body and being good to it. This is a rare treat.
Once you shift from “have to” to “allowed to” or “get to”, you now feel good about the activity. It’s not a chore, but a treat. It’s not something you struggle through to get the benefit — it is the benefit.
We have been conditioned by society to believe working out and other good things for us aren’t good, but boring, hard and painful. We need to change our inner voice and mindset so that we have a positive perspective to accomplish our goals and dreams.
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