Our Favorite Book From 2019

At the end of 2019, I stumbled upon a book called Atomic Habits. I love to read. I love to study.

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At the end of 2019, I stumbled upon a book called Atomic Habits. I love to read. I love to study. I love to geek-out on all the things. But this book was different. From the very beginning I was captivated by James Clear’s story. As I read certain chapters, I’d think things like, “Oh yeah, this is what we are doing with Kingdom Strong.” or “Yep, this is exactly what we do when we coach clients.” As I read other chapters I’d think, “WOW! That’s why that hasn’t served me.” Or “Okay, this makes sense. This is why I’m struggling.” 

This book talks about moving from motion to action, and I thought it might be helpful for you see what that looks like for me in a very specific area of my life right now. Exercise. 

I thought I had the perfect plan...

When I quit leading workout classes, I thought I had the perfect plan mapped out in order to stay on track with my own personal workouts. I’d wake up at the same time, enjoy the still of the morning, and ride my bike before waking Olivia up for school. I even decided I’d leave my shoes clipped in on the bike to make things super easy.

As the months passed, my workouts went from inconsistent to nonexistent rather quickly. In the month of December, the only thing I did was the @kingdom.strong squat challenge.

I kept thinking that the New Year would bring new motivation and that I’d somehow be super inspired and want to workout again. It didn’t. So I’ve been troubleshooting with Jamie and Rebeka, and I thought it might be helpful for you to see what this process has looked like for me. Even thought this is about my workouts, the process could be applied to any area of life.

After reaching out for help and brainstorming, last night I got still. I looked deeper. This is more or less about identity. Am I a person who works out? Am I an athlete? I asked myself some hard questions. What do I really want? What price am I willing to pay to get it? {There’s always a cost, y’all.} And then I began to take an account of my patterns and habits. I looked at my morning routine with a fresh set of eyes, searching for obstacles and seeking ways to create new patterns.

Here's what I realized...

Here’s what I realized: My bike has become almost like this staple piece of furniture in my bedroom. When I see it, it’s in passing. Even though I may think about working out, there’s no actual trigger that leads to me getting on and riding. Because my shoes have been clipped in, they don’t trigger action either.

After I dropped Olivia at school, I messaged Rebeka. I knew she was on her way to yoga. My plan was that I’d ride while she was at yoga, and then I’d report back when I finished. Accountability.

While riding I problem solved. Now this is just kind of who I am. I’ve always dedicated my workouts to either praying for people, brainstorming, or solving problems. I’ll just say that there’s a lot going on in the brain during workouts that can be used to generate creative flow.

So I’m riding, pushing myself to the max, maybe even shedding a tear here and there. Oh yeah, that happens too when we give all we’ve got. And then it happened. A lightbulb moment.

After my workout I unclipped my shoes from the bike. I put them by my bed. When I wake up in the morning I’m going to see them. I might even trip over them, but whatever it takes, right?! At that time I’ll have to make a decision. I can either choose to put them on and ride, or I can choose to step over them, and blow off my workout. I know myself well enough to know that stepping over them will irritate my brain.

The greatest lesson...

I don’t know if this will work, but I’m going to experiment with it to see. And that is perhaps the greatest lesson of this whole post. Keep experimenting. Stay curious. Don’t stop seeking the solutions until you find what works for you!

At the same time, quit thinking that motivation will magically appear. Most of the time, it won’t. And if it does, it won’t always last. Who are you? What does health look like for you? What do you want? What price are you willing to pay to get it?

For today, I’m willing to look at these bike shoes sitting by bed, if it means getting my booty in the saddle!

To purchase your own copy of Atomic Habits by James Clear you can grab it HERE with this link. If you read our favorite book from 2019, make sure to connect with us here at info@iamkingdomstrong.com and/or tag us on Instagram at @kingdom.strong! We cannot wait to hear what you think about it!

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