‘Your habits will make you or break you.’
These are powerful words, as habits dominate all of our lives from the moment we wake up. They are road maps that define us and what we achieve in our life. Our habits, believe it or not also help us save time and energy – provided you develop them well and integrate them into your life.
So what are the habits of successful people- there are several but the major include persistence, resilience, patience (yes!), skill development and most of all designing new habits.
Successful people design or invent habits that are in alignment with their goals. So, if you are writing a book, want to finish that project, or you want to move up the ladder – make sure that whatever you are doing helps you get there. Eighty percent of your time during the next six months should be designed to achieve your goals, and you can do this by altering your habits bit by bit. Now your goals can be personal, professional or spiritual – it doesn’t matter. All you have to do is pick up two from each category and identify which habits could help you get what you want.
So how do you develop habits that help you reach the next level? As always, we all begin with a list. Develop a list of habits that you have (with no judgement). Doesn’t matter if they are good or bad.
You might also have some great habits. Like writing at least 500 words every day or preparing meals for the next day. On the other hand, if you have the habit to returning from work and watching TV for hours and then have trouble sleeping. It’s obvious it will not help you but you are probably doing it because it gives you some comfort (not that there is anything wrong with it!). Comparing these two habits, if you could reduce your TV time by an hour and use that hour for writing, your book will finish faster and you might sleep well.
The thing is, always start small. If you decided to just not watch TV for the entire week, it probably wont work because that is what you could say a reward for all your hard work. Also, it is where your mind wants to switch off and not face all the things that might be bothering you. Thus, making small changes are more likely to stick.
So the question you should ask, what habits are driving me and how can I change them? Pick the one that is most relevant to you, and begin with that.
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