If it isn't already abundantly clear, humans love to make things easier for themselves.
From the way we travel, interact and eat, every step of the way we have made things quicker, more convenient and reduced the barriers around accessibility.
In many ways, this has served us, given us opportunities that would not have existed 50 years ago.
In many ways, this hasn't served us, giving us new problems that require new solutions and a new perspective.
With ease, speed and comfort at the forefront of most decision making processes, it makes the way you setup your environment for a success outcome even more important.
Take health as an example, we all know to be healthy there are some basic principles:
So the logical response would be to prioritise these aspect of life and make them a non negotiable right?
But are you setting your environment up to succeed?
Quick show of hands, who has a jug of water waiting for them on the desk right now so they can ensure they stay hydrated through the day?
How many of you also have a bag of sweets in the top drawer of your desk or next to you in the car?
Who has given forethought to what they will be eating this evening?
Who will be finishing work tonight, rummaging around in the kitchen cupboards and fridge whilst they decide on what the easiest meal to cook will be?
Who has already laid out their exercise clothes, assigned a time they will exercise and what sessions they will undertake?
Who has promised to themselves they will make a significant shift towards increasing activity, but finds themselves too tired and deserving of a comforting reward at the end of each working day or week?
It is wired into your DNA to conserve energy, be comfortable and efficient with your actions.
If we are seriously going to make a shift towards better health, it is best not to rely on motivation or positive intentions.
Instead, we need to start to optimise our environment, shift toward a proactive state and just as you would a work meeting or a doctors appointment, make these actions non negotiable.