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  1. Focusing on why I am doing anything and being conscious in my actions keeps me inspired. I always wake up the next day proud that I accomplished something to set me up for a better future when I stay motivated.

    Like a lot of things in life it takes time to develop healthy habits but you start to feel better once you do. This makes it easier to get inspired the next time around because you have trained yourself to just get going.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Waking up inspired is awesome! I’m still working on that.

      The why is so important. If you lose focus of the why you find yourself wasting time on things that are not important — I know I do.

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Habits really do make the person. It’s not rocket science but it’s something that gets forgotten time to time. I purchased an ebook online before, it’s called Mini Habits. The key was just to start out with a habit that is so simple to do, you literally cannot fail.

    The author gave an example of setting a daily goal to do 1 pushup. The hardest part of any activity is always starting. But once you started, you find that it is easier to continue. So most people always end up doing more than 1 pushup. After time once you’ve built up the momentum, you can do more easily! This Mini Habits method may sound funny, but I always find it very effective!

    • Thanks for the book recommendation — I’ll check it out! I love the idea of mini habits. Mr. G is a great example. It took him 2 years to do one muscle-up. After that, within a year’s time he got up to 9. He was shooting for 10 but so what that he didn’t make it! He also figured out that dropping some weight was key to getting that first one. So he ended up establishing another habit — kicked the sugar and bread.

  3. I totally need some habit work right now! What a great post with so many ideas and things to try. It doesn’t surprise me that Jillian has this thing down – (and I love the paint buckets…) Looks a lot like home! I’m going to check a few of these out and pick one. No excuses to not give it a go!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, Vicki. I’ve no doubt that when you make up your mind to do something, you do it. But boy, you’ve had a lot going on the last few months! Just living in a temporary space makes it difficult to have routines.

  4. What a wonderful post! And just what I needed. Habit forming is something I am obsessed with, yet fail in so often. But I know the power of it: I have tried to fit more exercise into my life forever, but I always struggle with it. But there is one solid habit that I do have – that’s taking my dog to the park most mornings. Piggybacking running onto this activity is as close as I have ever gotten to success with any kind of truly routine workout. I always think about this and try to figure out how to piggyback onto other established habits. Forming new ones is hard. But it is the answer to everything, I believe it!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thank you, Linda! I really did write this as much for myself as for our readers because I’m not always great with forming new habits either. But I’ve come to the conclusion that if I don’t form the habit, I really don’t want it badly enough. Otherwise, I’d do it.

      Piggybacking is a good strategy. Thinking “if I do this I might as well do that” without making it a big deal could work.

  5. A fellow attendee at Chautauqua mentioned Miracle Morning and said how much it has helped him. I am definitely in a rut and need to make some new, better habits, especially when it comes to my writing. I guess I always thought that there was something wrong with me since I just could never seem super inspired to write. It’s good to know that it isn’t just me and that I need to stop waiting for the perfect moment. Just start and the rest will take care of itself.

    So great to talk with you the other night. That might have been the most epic brewery phone call that has ever happened. And I just about died when I saw Make Smarter Decisions dressed as you guys at the costume party. Hope to meet the “real” Mr & Mrs Groovy one of these days.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      It’s rare that I find a moment that feels perfect when I write. Just start and the rest will take care of itself — exactly!

      That call was so zany! I knew y’all were drinking (ha ha) but had no idea you were in a brewery. I saved the group photo so the next time we talk with Fritz he can match the names with the faces for us. Vicki and her husband were a hoot. I really thank you and everyone else for making us feel like we participated just a little in FinCon17. We already have tickets and hotel reservations for ’18!

  6. I like these cerebral posts! I’m very guilty of waiting for writing to happen on my blog. My good habits are all used up with teaching and my Master’s class (the writing I *have* to do). I’m much more loosey goosey on the blog. It’s not ideal at all. But if I want to kickstart the process for myself, I go outside and think in silence. No podcasts, no music, nada.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Wait, what??? Did the infamous Penny just call me cerebral? I’ll have to save this comment for posterity. Thank you.

      I wonder how you have anything left to write at all with teaching and your Master’s class — not to mention spending time with Mr. P and HP.

      I can think while listening to podcasts because once I get an idea, my brain goes its own way and the podcast stream fades to background noise. Music with lyrics throws me off. Silently, I’m reciting the words and I can’t think at all.

  7. Hey Mrs. Groovy! Thanks for all of the great resources and information. I love watching Ted talks and will have to check some of those out.

    The #1 thing that keeps me writing is reading other people’s blog posts. I’m so grateful for the wisdom and inspiration that people share (thank you!) and appreciate all of the time and energy that it takes to write a post.

    The habit of regularly reading PF posts is a great support for building so many other good habits.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Awww, thanks Mrs. G! I agree with you about the wisdom others in the PF community share (thank you, too!). The support system from building friendships is a big plus too.

  8. I’m trying to establish good habits after vacation. It’s tough with so much going on, but I’m getting the hang of it….

    It’s so easy to fall back into your every day routines if you aren’t careful.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Vacation and travel can be real traps. We tend to go the “to heck with it” route when it comes to our normal routines.

      It sounds like you’re getting a handle on things, Erik. I’m already thinking about the upcoming holidays and how the holiday meals kill the diet.

  9. Haha, the Costco Kirkland brand too! Frugal!

    I second Mrs PP, I like taking walks. When my legs are moving, my brain is moving.

    I never caught on to the expensive notebook fad. I can spend $35 on nice paper and pens but it’s not going to make my ideas any better!

    I’m stealing a post I read on Rockstar Finance, it mentioned creativity coming from limitations because you are forced to work with what you got instead of everything that pollutes the process. I think that’s brilliant!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I like that idea about limitations. If you have too many options you can end up doing nothing.

      I’m looking forward to that post. Speaking of Rockstar Finance, congratulations on your rockstar post today!

  10. LOL, what a lovely view.

    I like using the EpicWin app, although it’s fallen by the wayside recently. The idea is that as you complete tasks, your RPG like avatar gains strength, intelligence, spirit, stamina, etc. So cleaning the bathroom is a feat of stamina, which is how I see it anyway. You get points and travel a path. Basically, it turns your life into a role playing game.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I agree with you about cleaning the bathroom. Mr. Groovy is waiting for the day a robot can do it (and not just the floor, like the Rumba).

      I never heard of EpicWin but it looks like a lot of fun for those who like games.

  11. ” (BTW, when did Starbucks last clean that chair? Just saying.)”

    I’m SO glad I’m not the only one who thinks about that! 🙂 Habit is SO important. Just do it. No matter if you want to or not. The inspiration will follow. 🙂

    • Mrs. Groovy

      You’re one of the few people who know why clean furniture has been on my mind lately, Laurie!

      Right, inspiration will follow especially when you see results.

  12. Very true. I think too often it’s easier to buy things that we think will make us motivated and productive. But we don’t realize we have these things within us already, and the temptation to buy “enabling” objects just makes us poorer. I personally get a lot of inspiration from taking walks. They’re totally free and clear my mind.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I agree about walking, Mrs. PP. And I’ve fallen victim to buying things I think will motivate me too. Then I just have another piece of junk lying around the house. I mean really, how many fitness bands do I need? I was going to buy an entire set, including the door anchor, but then I had a stern talk with myself.

  13. If I waited until I really felt like working out, my days working out a week would go from 6 to 2…maybe. You seriously CAN’T wait for motivation. You have to create momentum, pure and simple. I think that’s why the diet and fitness industry rakes in the bucks. They know what they can get people to buy their books or products and THEN they will be motivated, my 99% of the time that’s not the case. Heck I even almost fell for that one this past weekend when I oooh and ahhhhed over the new fitbit ion. As if buying one would suddenly turn me into an ironman(woman) athlete. Nope, I’d still probably be doing the same workouts…and what’s wrong with that? Nothing. No watch will make that much of a difference. OK I know you were talking about writing, but similar parallels. 🙂

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Good habits definitely apply to exercise, Tonya. You seem pretty disciplined to me. And I’m glad Mr. Groovy and I are so accustomed to walking every day that we don’t think about it.

      It really annoys me how these companies (FitBit, Apple, every android manufacturer) hold out on technology. I don’t believe for one minute they actually discover ways to make improvements. No, they just wait to unroll the next model with more bells and whistles because they know an awful lot of consumers just have to have the latest phone, etc.

      Thanks for commenting!

  14. I’m currently reading The Artist Way, and just finished my morning pages. =) I really want to read Miracle Morning. I should just order it and put it in the pile. I’m actually sitting in my chair right now! Staring at those paint buckets. Although I do also wear noise-canceling headphones. =) 10 more minutes and it’s time to say good morning to the kids and get them ready for school. It was so fun to have you guys out here! We missed you at FinCon. =)

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Back when I was acting, the “group think” presided over what books everyone read. The Artist’s Way was one from the 90s. Shatgi Gawain’s Creative Visualization was another one (in the 70s!) and then Living in the Light (in the 80s).

      It was great seeing you in MT! I miss you and Adam and those ten little feet, hands, and eyes! Say hi to them for us.

      We’ll SEE YOU at FINCON next year, if not before.