The Habits of Motivation

The habits of motivation…


I’ve talked a little in various posts about how I’m trying to change different things in my life, and different habits. I’ve seen such a change in my life just by implementing SMALL changes here and there. Someone asked me which books or resources I used to help me with that. I think I mentioned one or two of them in previous posts, but I’ll re-list those here (and add one more) so they’re in one place.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. This book explains how habits have a loop, why people sometimes don’t keep up with habits, and how to change habits. I’m not usually a non-fiction fan, but I really liked this book. The stories and examples were really engaging and interesting, and I recommend it. It definitely gave me insight into the habits I want to change, and gave me ideas as to how I can change them.

Craft a Life You Love by Amy Tangerine. Amy’s big in the creative world (planning/scrapbooking especially these days), but I recommend this book as a follow up to the one above. She tells brief stories about her life (each chapter is really only a few pages) and then gives you an exercise to do. The exercises are designed to make you reflect on the current things in your life, what you love doing, what you dislike doing, what you can change vs. what you can’t…if you’re not used to doing daily introspection, it’s a great way to get started and really examine different aspects of your life. I do daily introspection, but I still found the book really interesting. If you can swing it, I recommend getting the paperback version, so that you can more easily work through the exercises, but it’s not necessary.

The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. Mel is a really engaging speaker. She has a book about this (and other books, too), but I actually recommend watching videos of her speak on YouTube. Here’s a short video on the 5 second rule, and here’s her longer Tedx talk. Her theory is that once you have an idea, you have 5 seconds to act on it. Whether that’s ‘Should I reply to this email?’ or ‘Should I pursue this business lead?’ or something else. It can be work-related, personal-related, or other-related, but you have 5 seconds to act on it before your brain moves on. The Tedx talk is great because she goes into more details about why your brain does NOT want change and how it stops you. It’s a really simple idea, but I’ve tried it and seen some positive changes in my life as a result.

There are a few other books I’m also working through, and I’ll post about them if I find them useful.

Are you changing habits this year? What resources are you using? Comment on this post and let me know!

~xoxo Marianne

This is Post 65 of 100 as part of the #100DaysofMKAuthorLife.

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