I’ve heard that it takes twenty-one days to make a habit, so I decided to try it out myself. I eventually decided to make the habit of exercising, specifically cardio. Exercise for me is one of those things that I know makes me happier and makes me feel better but I always come up with excuses not to do it because, quite honestly, after working sitting on the couch watching tv with my family or reading a book in bed sounds a lot more appealing than going for a run. So I got to thinking: how do I get myself to do the things that I don’t really want to do? The twenty-one day idea sounded like a good start.
I am now on day twelve, but when I sat down to write this blog, I found with the help of google that the idea of it taking twenty-one days to form a habit is actually a myth. I kind of felt ripped off that I was more than half way through of what was supposed to be the formation of a habit of exercise. And then I sat down and thought: maybe it wasn’t all for nothing. Because when I contemplated not going out running for the night, two questions popped into my head. And now with further thought, these questions are ones that are essential in getting people to do things that they don’t really want to do.
- How are you going to feel after you do the thing you don’t want to do?
- How are you going to feel if you don’t do the thing you don’t want to do?
How do I feel after I exercise? I feel proud of myself. I just went out and exercised. I did it even though I don’t like exercising.
However, it is the second question that I believe to be the more important question. How would I feel if I didn’t go out and exercise one day? After all, I am more than halfway through my goal. When I asked myself that question today, I felt motivated again. It was a way to get me out off the sofa and out of the house. If I gave up today, if I had given up after even one day or five days, I would feel like crap and bad about myself. Both of those are enough motivators to get out out doing whatever it is I should be doing.
Doing things that can make you feel better about yourself isn’t just limited to healthy habits like exercising. You could make a special effort to say hi to everybody at work. You could make one more sales call every day, you could even interact more with your family. It’s not up to me to decide! Take the time to think to yourself about an action that will have an impact on yourself and those around you, and then ask yourself how you are going to feel after you do it and how you would feel if you didn’t do it. Those two questions are important!
Brad Montgomery is a professional motivator and speaker who uses various formats to engage audiences, including keynotes, break-outs, and more to different associations around the country. If you need a person who can connect with your audience, then Brad is your guy. He will make your audience laugh while teaching them valuable techniques increase productivity in the office. Call or email for a free consultation today!
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Ignore These Mistakes At Your Peril
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Brad Montgomery has attended thousands of meetings and conventions as part of his job as a motivational speaker. Some of these meetings/conventions were epic. Many of them fell short. Some of them fell WAY short. Curious about what one of the top motivational speaker sees as top mistakes that meeting planners make when planning a conference or convention? Sure you are. Here we go:
- Start Fresh. Don’t plan your meeting based on last year’s meeting. I’ve been to meetings where the basic schedule hasn’t changed for decades. Don’t fall into that trap. Instead, ask yourself, “What can we do to create VALUE for our attendees? How can we structure our event to make sure every attendee leaves knowing that was the best investment of their time and money ever?”
- Don’t Put The Pomp & Circumstance in the opening session. It’s important, but it’s often boring to the first-time attendees. (Sometimes it’s just plain boring.) Avoid long speeches by the president, past presidents, introductions of the Board, notes about the scholarships, and “moments of silence” for lost association members right off the bat. Instead, kick it off with a bang! Fun. Energy. Value. Value! (Yes, I’ve said value twice. It’s THAT important.) Train your attendees that when sessions start they are fun, valuable, and start immediately. That way they’ll be sure to be at the opening session and on time to get the good seats!
- Plan on interactivity. The old-school way of planning conferences is done. And thank goodness. The meetings where a Talking Head on stage talks at people sitting on hard chairs in a dark room for hours on end is over. Your people crave three things: networking to create connections; discussion breaks so that attendees can process and discuss the information given them; and finally, a facilitated planning session to develop a plan for implementing changes based on the information garnered from your conference.
Hear Brad explain in this video.
[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/fRYZuuW2DEI”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Brad Montgomery is a business speaker who speaks on the People Side of Business. Eager to get more out of yourself and those people around you, then Brad is your guy. He presents keynotes, break-outs, and concurrent session for meetings and conventions across the country and around the world. Oh.. And he’s funny. REALLY funny. (If you’re people aren’t engaged they aren’t learning. Call today and let’s plan out how to maximize your event. 303.691.0726
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