I recently got back to my home in India for the first time in over three years like a curious child I began sifting through my prized possessions of the past my cricket gate being one of them for the most part I found what I expected my gloves my bad my abdominal guard you but I also found something unexpected.
Let’s rewind to 2015 to help make things clearer goodnight mom goodnight what you just saw was when my smoking addiction was at its very peak my peak.
Being roughly a pack of a day and a half looking back it’s funny to think I was strategic one of these smoking operations at home used to be but that’s exactly what an addiction does to you.
It just forces you to somehow find a way after all it’s.
Not you who is the addiction it’s the addiction that has you after countless failed attempts to.
Quit I stumbled upon my answer in an unexpected source that of physical fitness you’re probably thinking oh smoking affects physical fitness and so is.
Desired to become physically fit up made him want to quit smoking but it’s not as straightforward as it sounds it was actually becoming.
Physically fitter there cause smoking to.
Quit itself now if you confuse about what it just said everything is gonna become crystal clear once I explain to you the fascinating concept of a keystone habit I was first introduced to the concept of a keystone habit in Charles Duhigg New York Times bestseller the power of habit in the book do it describes Keystone.
Habits as those habits that cause other good habits to develop by sparking a chain reaction therefore major breakthroughs in other areas of your life thereby having the potential to transform your entire life physical fitness is one such keystone habit which will not only transform your body but will have a tremendously positive impact on various other aspects of your life that are completely unrelated to fitness and that’s exactly how Fitness got rid of my smoking habit as.
Well but gifting me a much greater sense of control over all my desires and actions it was almost as if Fitness was doing a lot of the.
Work for me rather than me having to.
Relies solely on my willpower or you could say that it had magnified my willpower which made it much easier for me to resist temptation now these changes didn’t take place overnight.
Of course but the deeper I got into physical fitness the shallower or.
The weaker my urges actually became do I still have the occasional cigarette yes when.
I’m drinking but my drinking has become so red then you could pretty much count my smoking as non-existent or zero now what do I have to thank for that yes the answers physical fitness but unfortunately they want any prizes for guessing now the platitude post-boy might make the following.
Claim brew all that is fine but what about.
Nutrition isn’t it it P percent what you eat and only 20% physical exercise yes platitude post boy I agree but.
Exercise also triggers people to start eating better the 20% makes the 80% much easier is that fucking make sense lastly.
As this may sound but people also tend to respect you more when they see that you’re.
In shape they assume that you have a lot of attractive personality traits because they equate being physically fit to being dedicated and disciplined this is what’s known.
As the halo effect the fact that people tend to like or trust those people more who appear to take care of themselves some other Keystone habits include making your bed every morning in a 2014 commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin naval Admiral William McRaven the commander of US Special Op said if you bet your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day it will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task.
And another and by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into mini task completed making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things.
In life matter if you can’t do the little.
Things right you’ll never be able to do the big things right another example is a morning meditation habit that could bring peace of mind for the entire day but it doesn’t just do that in.
Addition to reducing stress and anxiety meditation is correlated with improved in memory and awareness and increased goal-setting amongst individuals there are plenty of other Keystone habits but I hope these service enough.
Of an eye-opener for you it’s worth repeating that when you’re using willpower as your primary tool to smoke less drink less eat better it might seem like a big sacrifice or punishment that you’re inflicting upon yourself but the beauty of Keystone habits is that they do a lot of the heavy lifting for you which makes inculcating positive.
Changes much easier and more importantly more lasting as well and that’s where they known to have the power to completely transform your life I’ll end on an inspiring note by showing you a very short clip of Virata Kohli captain of the Indian cricket team explaining how the keystone habit of physical fitness transformed his life both on and off the field Cheers how did becoming fit to help you become a better cricketer how it helped me was physically being active and healthy helps you think better helps you make.
Better decisions it’s not a thing that many people understand but that’s that’s the fact why do we train just before we.
Go to the game because it releases positive and offens inside your body it.
Better it helps you feel good about yourself it helps you.
Feel positive you know when you’re just lying around when you’re not doing anything you know an empty and if you’re lying lying around doing nothing it’s it’s an invitation for negativity it’s it’s all you can do is be.
Negative and think about things that are not going well.
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