Habits, Routines. Habits, Routines.

Posted by Tony Cooper on

Habits, Routines. Habits, Routines.

Most successful people have deeply ingrained habits and routines, in particular, they have strong morning routines. Whereas most drinkers are all over the place and they can only manage to get their kids off to school or make time for breakfast before stumbling out of the front door in a fog of agitation and self-resentment.

All of the friction involved in starting any new venture, habit or routine comes at the beginning of the cycle. It might take you a long time to decide to go for a walk for example, but once you are out there doing it, everything else comes naturally.

Likewise, you might struggle to get up out of bed in the morning, especially in the cold dark winter months. But once you decide to get up, you are up and running, off and at them.

If you need some inspiration and motivation to get up out of bed, then look no further than Jocko Willink. Jocko is a retired Navy SEAL officer and to see what early rising can do for you he is your man. He also has a great Podcast here.

Habits and routines are the cornerstones of successful living. Meditation, Yoga and regular exercise are all regular disciplines that we should have in our lives. The trouble is, when you drink, it disrupts the whole pattern and makes it impossible to ingrain any good habits.

Have you ever been to the gym and then took off to the pub to sink five or six pints for refreshment? Of course you have. Spinning classes were always my favourite, it was always a hard workout, and those classes make you thirsty! It made a mockery of trying to get fit and healthy, but I carried on the charade for many years.

My most cherished routine of the week used to be finishing work early on a Friday afternoon and then visiting several pubs on the way home having a pint in each. Then at around 6 or 7pm, it was a visit to the off-licence to stock up with the cupboard essentials that would see us through a drunken evening.

You cannot build habits and routines while drinking. You can always try, but there is systematically the next session to derail your efforts. How can you create anything of substance with this drunken lifestyle? You already know the answer.

Succesful People Have Habits And Routines

Self-made billionaire Richard Branson wakes up at 5 am every day and then does his work out straight away either playing tennis, running or biking. Then he has breakfast and spends time with his family before heading to work.

Most successful CEO's and business people get up before 6 am, and the majority between 4 am, and 5 am.

Getting up early allows you to make time for tasks that you would usually never get around to doing. This blog is an excellent example of that. Every day I get up at 5 am, and the first thing I do is spend approximately ninety minutes writing a new blog post for Celebrityfab. I have the working title written in my day to a page diary from the night before so that I can start writing without having to think about content ideas.

Then I take the dogs out for a walk before showering and doing a thirty-minute meditation. That type of morning routine would be a fanciful dream just a few weeks ago and it gets easier the more you do it.

If you want to stop drinking because you feel like crap the next morning or you can't bear the hangovers anymore, then you know you need to stop. But it is difficult and I understand that because I struggled for around seven years to get to this point.

In the beginning, it can seem like stopping drinking is not worth all the emotional effort because you still feel awful, you can't sleep and what's going to change in my life anyway?

Change can only happen if you let change into your life. Once you begin to establish even the smallest of routines, you will start to see immediate benefits. Habits and routines are what will take you out of the cycle of drinking, depression and despair into a new life of living and enhanced productivity.

Drinking is not the answer to your problems, and it never will be. Sobriety, clarity of thought and focus are the antidote.

Sometimes I sit and think I wish I'd taken my advice many years ago but there is no point in self-recrimination. We each of us have to do the best we can in the present moment. Lord knows I got up to some ridiculous shit whilst living in a drunken haze for all those years.

It's time to step out of the shadows and shape your life into what you want it to become. You do that by starting to rise earlier in the morning and put into place some new habits and routines.

OK that's me done for today. Stay safe, stay sober and we'll catch up tomorrow.