Advice about what to do is in no short supply, particularly in the health and fitness industry. We’re endlessly bombarded with the advice to eat clean and regularly exercise (as if that hadn’t already crossed our minds).
At GF Fitness we want to provide as much value as possible. We don’t want to simply echo things that most people already know.
We believe that forming good habits is mandatory if we are to lead a healthy lifestyle. Equally important are the habits that we shouldn’t have. We’re often told what to do, but in this post, we’re going to flip the script and share about which habits we believe we should kick to the curb.
10 Habits We Should Stop Having
1) Don’t hit the snooze button. “The very first thing you’re supposed to do today is wake up. You’re procrastinating the very first thing you’re supposed to do.” (Bergeron, 2018, 00:02:10) Let’s be honest, we’re all tempted by the snooze button, but putting off the first thing we’re supposed to do could have a ripple effect throughout the rest of the day. Starting the day right is crucial to leading a productive life. Short-term temptations are powerful, but we have to ask ourselves, what am I really getting from this? Is this adding value to my life?
2) Don’t get mad in traffic. “If you are the type of person that gets mad at traffic … you’re not living as productive a life as you could. The easiest way to change your mindset is to recognise what you have control over, and what you don’t. You don’t have control over the traffic, but what you do have control over is how early you leave for something, creating a buffer to make sure that if there is traffic, I’m still not late.” (Bergeron, 2018, 00:05:05) If we were taking a walk in a forest, we would simply follow the path around the trees. We wouldn’t stand there cursing the tree for being in the way. It may sound silly, but that’s the equivalent of getting mad in traffic or at the sun for being bright!
3) Don’t show up late. “To me if you’re late to something, you’re selfish. What you’re saying is, my time is more valuable than yours. (Bergeron, 2018, 00:05:54) The majority of people will very rarely be late for work, and almost never late for a flight. Some people however, are notoriously late for other things such as going for a run or meeting up for a coffee or having a call. “The reason you’re not late for the plane, but you are late for the other ones is because you’re saying that those aren’t as important to you. What you’re saying is my extra time is [more important], I’m not willing to invest in the time to create the buffer … to make sure that I am on time for these things.” (Bergeron, 2018, 00:06:28)
What we often do when predicting journey times is use the shortest time instead of the longest. For example, if one time it took us 30min to get to the airport, but the other 4 times it took between 35 – 60min, we should use 60min as the time frame and not 30min. Now we’ve created the buffer for any potential delays.
4) Don’t tolerate gossip. “Don’t tolerate it is high on the list. The first one is don’t gossip. (Bergeron, 2018, 00:07:49) With regards to leadership and developing relationships, a fundamental principle according to Bergeron is trust. “If you’re talking or gossiping about someone else … subconsciously what’s resonating in my mind is I can’t trust [this person] because [they] talk about people behind their backs. (Bergeron, 2018, 00:08:18) Not tolerating gossip is equally powerful. If someone called out another person for gossiping, that show us that they stand up for people when they’re not around, so we say to ourselves, I can trust this person because they will defend me even when I’m not there.
5) Don’t watch the news. “I don’t want to say be ignorant to some horrific things going on in different countries, or the tragedy that happened 2 towns away from you … We just have to recognise what the news is. The news is entertainment. The news’s job is not to inform you. What they’re doing is trying to grab your attention. Your attention is incredibly valuable. What are you paying attention to? Now, if you’re paying attention to things that you can’t affect, you can’t move the needle on, that have no bearing on your life, you’re wasting your time and you’re not being productive. My saying for don’t watch the news is let’s focus on the things that we actually have control over … the news is so far on the other side of that spectrum it should be avoided at all costs.” (Bergeron, 2018, 00:09:21)
6) Don’t pass judgement. “The fastest way to get someone to not like you is to criticise them … It’s so easy to pass judgement … [For example] you’re out in public and you see two parents walking two kids on leashes. You’re like what kind of parents are those. You’re so quick to pass judgement. You don’t know what that situation is. They might have runners and they are doing the best thing in the world for that kid because if that kid runs and let’s say the parents aren’t as fast as the kid and the kid is a runner and he’s gone, what’s your options there. It’s so easy to pass judgement on so many different things – what are people eating, how people are moving in the gym, what are people’s approaches to life, their religions. Let’s not pretend we have all the answers, because we really, really don’t.” (Bergeron, 2018, 00:11:37)
7) Don’t eat and scroll. “This is about being present … don’t chew and scroll. Don’t eat and [read through] your phone … This isn’t exclusive to just while you’re eating. If you are ever with your friends or family or people you care about, don’t look at your phone … If you’re looking at your phone [whilst in a conversation], what you’re saying is … what’s on my phone is more important than you. (Bergeron, 2018, 00:13:15)
8) Don’t look at email before lunch. “This is the principle of putting first things first … I believe that if you win the morning you win the day. I believe that morning routines are incredibly powerful, and if you put first things first … you’ll always have time for the other stuff, and if you don’t have time, cool, you got the more important things in. Things like reading, working out, developing the relationships you have whether at home or at work, that really important project you have … Email is a distraction from the important things in your life. (Bergeron, 2018, 00:16:20) Lunch time is symbolic, whether you look at your emails for the first time at 7am, 10am, or lunch time, the main things is that you first complete all the important stuff.
9) Don’t leave dishes in the sink. “Details matter and don’t procrastinate … Whether it’s make your bed or don’t go to bed without doing the dishes or don’t go to bed angry with your spouse … the idea is, finish things. Don’t leave half done projects. Don’t leave things for tomorrow … The second side of that principle is cluttered physical space, cluttered mind … If you live in a place that is not neat and orderly, I promise you your mind and everything else in your life is not as neat or orderly as it could be either. (Bergeron, 2018, 00:17:48)
10) Don’t wait for perfect. “People wait until they’re ready … My saying is, jump and grow wings on the way down. [We say to ourselves] I’m going to wait until I start writing a book; I’m going to wait until I start that business … That’s like saying I’m going to wait until I learn how to play the guitar before I take guitar lessons. Just start … You will learn more by doing and making mistakes, and you will be farther along [by simply taking action]. (Bergeron, 2018, 00:19:08) We understand that it’s usually the first step that’s the hardest. A simple exercise to help overcome that fear is to write down all the things that could go wrong. Identify which of those things are within our control. Come up with a plan for each of those things, and then take the step. It doesn’t have to be a leap or a big step, but simply take the step.
We aim to provide practical knowledge to help people lead a healthy lifestyle. Things that we can do right now to positively impact our lives. We truly hope that everyone who reads this post takes it on board and implements it in their lives. Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you’re looking for a professional coach to help you on your health & fitness journey, please do contact us here.
10 Habits You Should Stop Having (2018) YouTube Video, added by Ben Bergeron [Online]. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WfwpN406FY [Accessed: 06 April 2020].