Some of the best advice I ever got was to focus on the behaviors that got the results, rather than the results themselves. You don’t focus on cardiac health, you focus on doing aerobic exercise regularly. You don’t focus on dental hygiene, but on brushing your teeth every day. You don’t focus on writing a book, but on putting words down on paper every day.
Like Aristotle said, virtues are formed in [people] by the doing of the actions. And the best way I know to do an action repeatedly is to make it a habit.
How much time do you spend thinking about brushing your teeth when, you know, you aren’t actually brushing your teeth?
Probably none. Once you make the decision to brush your teeth, an then develop that habit, you get dental hygiene for free.
Habits are things you get for free.
Another example? The desired end result of losing weight comes down to two things: The decision to eat a different way, and then developing the habit of eating that way. And once you do that, you get the weight loss for free. Just like you get clean teeth for free.
But it starts with the decision.
PS: Here is a really good book on habits, and how to make them.