One of my favourite apps at the moment is Lift.
At its core, Lift is a tool to help you track and develop positive habits over time. You add habits to your profile (e.g. “Floss” or “Write 250 Words”), and each day you “check in” to those habits once you have performed them. The app/platform has a bunch of helpful features such as reminders and social support (i.e. people who track the same habits as you can give you “props” whenever you check in).
Thanks to Lift, I’ve taken up meditation as a daily practice, writing a daily gratitude journal, training my brain to make it sharper, and flossing on a daily basis (which I really should have taken up a long, long time ago).
Checking in to my habits on a daily basis, creating “streaks”, makes me feel great. However, breaking a streak sucks.
I don’t know why it is, but I’ve never been good at getting going again once I lose my momentum. Too often, I’ll break a streak and say to myself “oh well, I’ll just start back up next Monday”. By the time that Monday rolls around, I’ve lost my motivation and getting back up on the horse seems impossible. This is true for big things (e.g. a training plan) as well as little things (e.g. flossing).
Well, here’s the next big habit that I want to develop: Grit. To me, grit means doing the work that needs to be done without giving into excuses. It means sticking to the goals you’ve set for yourself. Basically, it means getting shit done.
This habit will have to be a little different than the rest, because it will require some planning each day. I’m going to have to start each day with a clear objective and making sure I’ve reached that objective by the time my head hits my pillow at night. No matter what else I do that day, no matter how much I accomplish, I cannot check into my “Grit” habit on Lift until I’ve reached that objective.
There might be days where I fail, and I’ll have to accept the fact that that happens. But I can’t let it happen too many days in a row. That’s not showing grit, and that’s not how you develop a habit (unless your habit involves quitting on yourself).
Let’s see how this goes!
This could be a task I have been avoiding or a project I haven’t finished yet. ↩