"I've been maintaining that [positive habits] because it is with a group of people."
I know how to live a better life. But I make conscious choices to not.
I know what it takes to be healthy (diet, exercise, sleep, etc.). I know that procrastination is a bain on my productivity. I know that I should be constantly learning new things to improve myself. I know that all of these things compound upon each other to make for a better overall life.
What is it that makes me actually change my behavior though? Through experience, I've realized it's not knowledge. I know how to eat better, I know how to exercise, and I know how worthless procrastination is.
Can I look back at the things I've done in my life that have been life-changing? I started a budget in 2015 and have kept that up religiously for four years. What was it that made/allowed me to maintain that change?
I think it may be seeing the benefits. Starting a budget can show immediate money-savings effects. That's attractive. I also have a few friends that use the same budgeting system so talking with them has a sort of accountability and a sense of not being alone.
I've been exercising a couple of times a week for the past few weeks and I think I've been maintaining that because it is with a group of people. I'm not alone in it, and I have some accountability—though I can't say I've seen much results other than being incredibly sore.
Where is my accountability/results for the other parts of my life that I want to improve?
Bad habits, full night's sleep, consistent professional development, reading more often, exercising on my own?