Habits are the small but significant actions that we do every day. They account for almost 40% of our regular behavior daily.
Our physical and mental health depends heavily on the habits that we form over the years. Moreover, they have the capability to impact our professional and personal life.
If you ask successful entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk or Bill Gates, then they would credit their success to their habits. We all know what constitutes as a good habit but lack the will power to add into our daily schedule.
Developing a habit is not just about will power. It is also a matter of strategy, planning, and effort.
Your habits are also dependent upon your environment. For example, you cannot develop the habit of reading with a room full of videogames.
Also, try to avoid naysayers at all cost. Start with small steps. If you plan to read daily, start with ten minutes, and slowly increase the time you spend on this activity.
Celebrate your progress by treating yourself. Over time, practicing “if this happens, then I will…” system can provide the required push.
Another great way to take good habits is to get the right people in your corner, people who motivate you or better yet have the same goals as you.
There will be minor setbacks and frustrating moments that can serve as an excuse to avoid something. You need to identify these setbacks beforehand and practice a way around it.
For example, if exercising in the morning is difficult for you, find a gym buddy. This way, you might motivate yourself to go daily on the pretext of meeting this friend.
In the end, you must visualize the changes in your body, mind, or career once you take up the habit. When you are sure of the result, you are more likely to keep trying until the end.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle