One of the crappy things about Depression is that it zaps your energy level. Finding the energy to go to the gym, launch new campaigns or even just get out of bed might be hard to do.
So if you’re reading this today and your head tells you that breaking your current routine sounds difficult…
I have two pieces of good news for you:
- It only takes 30-60 days to set a new habit
- You can use outside stimuli to get inspired until the habit is formed
How To Form A Healthy Habit
If you do something over and over again it becomes a habit. I can’t say this enough. (So I’ll say it again). If you do something over and over again it becomes a habit.
And over time you get really good at your habits.
- If you spend your time watching TV – you’re going to get really good at it
- If you spend your time in bed crying – you’re going to get really good at it
- If you spend your time going to the gym – you’re going to get really good at it
- If you spend your time doing media buys – you’re going to get really good at it
Here’s the thing. Doing something new is hard for a lot of us. And convincing yourself to get off the couch is going to be hard – at first – but if you can break through an initial “this sucks” period, you can do anything.
You can turn going to the gym (or anything you want) into a habit that runs on auto-pilot. It’s true. But you have to work through that initial period of pain until the habit is set.
How Long Does It Take To Set A Habit?
Let’s use 60 days as our metric for setting a new habit.
Here’s why knowing that number is important. Using our magic number of 60 days – we know that the first two months of going to the gym (or whatever you want to do) are probably going to be a pain in the ass.
BUT – If you push yourself through that initial period – it will become second nature.
The problem is that most people give up before they get past the 60 day period.
Think about it. When’s the last time you set a goal and quit a few weeks later? Well – the science says that if you had stuck with it for just a few weeks longer you probably would have been able to keep doing it for the rest of your life.
So – You need to find a way to get inspired enough to stay the course. And getting inspired can be tough at times.
How do i know? Because my natural state is morbidly depressed – so I didn’t have any f#cking inspiration the beginning either.
Wanna know what did it for me?
This video (below) of some guys from Compton doing 200 bench presses. Seriously. This is the video that got me off the couch. Watch it now. (luckily, there are lots of F-bombs)
200 Repetitions on the Bench Press- Mike Rashid
Watching the video got me so pumped up – I joined a local gym the next day and the rest is history.
To help you get inspired I’ve compiled this list of motivational and inspirational triggers you can use to light your flame.
If you find something you like, bookmark it and listen to it or watch it whenever you need inspiration. If you don’t like anything in my list feel free to do some searching and create a list of your own.
Plus I’ll give you my rubber band trick at the end of the post that works every time.
Music can make a HUGE difference in the way you feel.
Here are a few of the videos I use to get my blood pumping. Steal these if you’d like or go to Youtube.com and search for “Inspirational Videos” and create a playlist.
If you only watch one video today, watch “Dream- Motivational Video” below. Turn your volume up and listen to it all the way through.
Dream – Motivational Video
The Strongest Man You’ve Never Heard Of: CT Fletcher
What if Money Was No Object – Alan Watts
Best motivational video ever 2013 – GET RESULTS [HD]
Let’s Wrap It Up
One of the hardest things about overcoming Depression is finding that initial inspiration you need to get started. So – instead of giving up – you need to jolt yourself into feeling inspired.
I’ve given you some of the music and videos I use to get myself pumped up. Steal them – or find your own and experiment on yourself.
I watch or listen to ‘that Dream video‘ 2-7 days a week, whenever I need it. It never fails.
Don’t let lack of inspiration be your excuse for doing nothing. Shatter your depressed state and race towards becoming the person you were meant to be.
Whether you need to get to the gym, launch 5 new campaigns or just get out of bed… this is the way to do it. (also – coffee helps).
The Rubber Band Trick: Put a rubber band around your wrist. Watch The Dream video. While it plays, pop the rubber band on your wrist every time you feel good.
Then, anytime you need a quick jolt of inspiration, snap the rubber band on your wrist as hard as you can and watch what happens.
Stay tuned for the next post in this series. Until then, make your playlist and get pumped up!
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