All or nothing goals

I usually write all of my content first thing on a Monday morning.

But this week my Monday morning technically started at a wedding, not asleep, which severely compromised the potential for creative endeavours to take place when the sun came up.

As I sit here on Tuesday afternoon, my routine displaced and writing on my laptop from a couch instead of my desktop, the thought crossed my mind to skip the emails for next week.

But I have the goal of an email every weekday for the year - currently sitting at 190/190 - I didn’t want to break the streak.

I then contemplated recycling some content and doing top-five emails of the year, but then I realised I only had four good ones so far…

So the next thing was to think of what to write, which took me back to the power of my current streak to motivating future emails, which can be a great thing.

When you have a demonstration of adherence on your side, be it to a training program, nutrition focus, or something else, it creates motivation that promotes future adherence.

This can be extremely motivating.

But the power of the streak can also go the other way.

Sometimes when you do fail to adhere, the disillusion that comes with breaking the streak can lead to the abandonment of the strategy.

I did it myself last year.

I used the Headspace meditation app for 120 days in a row, then completely forget about it while camping in the Daintree Rainforest and not using my phone.

When I realised, my streak had reset to zero and I was so devastated to lose it, I didn’t use the app for another six months!

Many people find they have a similar experience when they decide to train every day or completely eliminate a certain food.

From experience with clients, it tends to be related to the elimination of a food or adhering to an energy/macronutrient target.

But just like I found with the Headspace app, they struggle to rebound when the streak is lost.

This week, I want to outline how you can continue to use adherence streaks to motivate yourself, without losing out when you fail to adhere.

Tom Fitzgerald