Help! My daily success routine is getting boring. There are no shortage of recommendations for success that involve mind-numbing routine. Do this every morning, do that at night, do this five times per day, and you’ll be an instant success! While effective repetition can actually be very effective at priming your subconscious for success, it can also be tedious and boring. Never fear, this article is here with 5 ways to help!
Success through Repetition
If you read through this site, others like it, or digest the self-improvement section at your library, you’ll quickly come to the conclusion that successful people have successful routines. They regularly credit specific things they took part in over and over. Science certainly now backs this, by showing that you can indeed impact your thoughts, behaviors, actions, and reality by feeding your mind supporting thoughts.
Here are some examples and quotes that show the focus on repetition (even from this site):
- Our daily goal review tool
- Our daily affirmation tool
- Gary Keller‘s morning success plan
- “Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious” – Thomas Edison, The Wizard of Menlo Park
- “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” - Muhammad Ali
- “Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.” -
- “Read the list of what you want three times each day: morning, noon, and night.” - RH Jarrett
- “To become a champion requires a good mental attitude toward preparation. You have to accept the most tedious task with pleasure.” – Bruce Lee
- “We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.” – Jane Fonda
- “Bombard your subconscious mind with new thoughts and images.” – Jack Canfield
- “We are what we repeatedly do.” -
- “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – John C Maxwell
- “Routine is a ground to stand on, a wall to retreat to; we cannot draw on our boots without bracing ourselves against it.” - Henry David Thoreau
What’s the problem with repetition?
For most people, repetition quickly becomes boring. What becomes boring isn’t done. Your glorious self-improvement plan that initially had you incredibly energized is becoming mundane and fading into the background of life. If you’re not careful, you slip right back to where you were before you started your improvement plan. Repetition sabotages diets (same food gets boring), workout plans (same exercises get boring and less effective), and self improvement and personal development plans.
In fact, a brain that wishes to improve and become creative will not thrive in a mundane environment. You need new, exciting challenges for your brain. When you started on your path to self-improvement, you almost certainly noticed the world around you seemed full of possibilities. You were creative. You were energized. This is your brain responding the the new challenges and ways of thinking. You need to keep this up!
How to keep the excitement and novelty in self improvement
Here are some tips to keep you excited and motivated to stick with your plan. You want your success with self-improvement to continue. You want excitement to wax, not wane.
1. Don’t force it!
This one is easy to overlook. If you have a great routine, allow yourself to slack off a day or two. Feeling good while you perform your success routine 5 days a week is better than feeling bad while you perform your routine 7 days per week. In fact, we recommend you work smart, not just hard, something that applies to self-improvement too.
Sometimes passing on a task, deleting an email, or varying your routine is all it takes to get back in the groove. Sometimes it feels just as good to delete my goal achievement emails as it does to read them. Just ensure your habit is to improve yourself and the exception is to take a break.
2. Ensure you know the purpose for your practices
If you are stitching together a bunch of self-improvement practices, but not aligning them to a larger purpose, it’s hard to keep pressing on. Big visions and big goals make the necessary tedious practices seem insignificant.
- You can read our article on curing boredom by finding a purpose in life
- See a TEDx video on how to find your life purpose in 5 minutes
3. Make changes regularly – following your success plan should make you smile!
Get in the habit of changing bits and pieces of your daily routine without changing the overall structure. Challenge yourself to keep your daily routine fresh but on task. This challenge, in and of itself, may be enough to keep your brain engaged and maintaining an adequate amount of excitement. If you use our daily affirmation tool or goal achievement tool, you can change your wording at any time. Just open one of the emails you receive, and click on the link to update.
How should you update your wording? I recommend adding emotion to your goals, affirmations, and other tasks. You can see our article on using exciting words to arouse emotions with your goals.
If you read your daily goals or affirmations and smile, you are writing well. If you’ve lost the smile, time for an edit!
4. Keep your repetitive practices time bound
A natural way to keep things fresh is to check them off the list and move on to the next! We recommend having a mix of big, long-term goals with shorter, quickly achievable goals. A good median is goals can be achieved within 90 days. This mix allows you to focus on large changes, while also seeing progress and regularly confirmation that you’re on track. If you haven’t yet figured out short term goals, consider taking your big goals and working them backward down into smaller, measurable chunks.
5. Mix your media: read, listen to, and look at your success plan
Another great way to mix up your routine and keep it fresh is to have different ways you can practice it. Using goals as an example. it’s common for people to write down their goals in something like a journal and then review them daily. Here are a few example ways you can freshen up the goal review process:
- Record your goals and listen to them as you drive or are at the gym. Most phones have recording apps, making this simple.
- Draw or chart your goal. Place a whiteboard in your office upon which you can plot and track your progress.
- Cut out pictures of what success looks like. These pictures can go in a journal or on that whiteboard.
- Take your written goals and affirmation and place them on designed cards with our free templates.
If you regularly lose track of your success plans, chances are your brain doesn’t like the monotony of diets, workouts, and subconscious reprogramming. By implementing the recommended changes in this article, you should be keeping your success routine fresh, exciting, stimulating, and on track. Your brain will be happy, and it will reward you with the success you desire.
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