Habits and practices may prevent you from achieving your goals.
Habits make us who we are, how we respond to the world, how we act in front of others, and how we think. And that’s not always a bad thing.
The importance of habits cannot be overstated. Why some habits/ patterns are needed:
You don’t have to concentrate on how to drive your car, so you can be on the lookout for danger while driving. You don’t have to think about how to walk, so you can focus on where you are going.
However, habits can also limit your success by keeping you stuck in self-destructive patterns.
More than likely, if you wish to achieve higher levels of success, you will need to drop some habits you have established up to this point.
Therefore, if you want to accomplish something that requires you to perform at a higher level, I strongly encourage you to drop these bad habits that aren’t serving you and develop new ones that align with what you want.
Do you have any habits that prevent you from achieving your goals?
Ask yourself these questions and be honest:
- Are you late frequently?
- Do you forget to return phone calls?
- Do you stay up late and don’t get enough sleep?
- Are you prone to breaking your promises?
- Do you spend money that you don’t have?
- If all your habits were productive, how would your life be?
- If you ate healthy foods, exercised regularly, and slept enough.
- How about saving money, avoiding credit cards, and paying cash for everything?
- What if you overcame your fears and began networking with people in your field instead of procrastinating?
- To stay on track to achieving your goals, how about creating a detailed plan broken down into monthly, weekly, and daily objectives?
Changing your habits may not be as hard as one thinks:
- Make a list of all the habits that keep you from being productive or could negatively affect your future.
- Choose better, more productive success habits and create a system to support them.
Follow these tips to make sure you follow through on your new habits:
- Put up signs (yes, signs) to remind yourself to follow through.
- Stay focused on your new habit with a partner. Talk to your partner five minutes a day, or every few days, to stay on track.
- Create consequences for failing to maintain your new habit. (Maybe a monetary amount, slightly painful, for each offense to a charity.
The “no exceptions rule” is perhaps one of the most powerful ways to stay on track.
People don’t suddenly start living perfect lives overnight, and their habits play a significant role in enabling them to create the lives they want. It is up to you to decide whether to develop habits that lead you to create your ideal life or keep you anchored to your current circumstances.
Decide, commit, and watch your new life unfold. What are your thoughts?
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