What are the habits of successful people? Anything that helps them to move toward what they want. Change your habits – change your life. How successful you are in life and how you feel about yourself are a result of the kinds of habits you have been implementing over a period of time.
Habits are the little things we do on a regular basis that we don’t really think about. They are part of our daily routine: get up, have a shower, eat breakfast, go to work, come home, cook dinner, watch TV, go to bed. Habits are things that we don’t need “motivation” to do – they just are. And therein lie the pitfalls and the power of getting into a habit. Once a habit becomes ingrained, it can be very hard to change it; and if it’s a bad or destructive habit, it has the ability to control your life. However, if you are able to install good habits into your routine, they can be incredibly powerful tools that help you to get what you want in life.
Let’s have a look at some examples of bad habits and ways you can turn them into good habits that will have a positive effect on your life:
Bad habit: Waking up every morning and having negative thoughts about your job (“I don’t want to go to work today” “I hate my boss” “Another day in hell”).
Good habit: Waking up every morning and having optimistic and constructive thoughts about your job (“How can I make today enjoyable?” “If I talk to my boss about my concerns, maybe something positive will come out of it” “Another day of learning opportunities”)
Bad habit: Skipping breakfast, eating a pie and a doughnut for lunch, feeling tired later in the day, so not going for a run after work.
Good habit: Eating a big breakfast and a healthy lunch, feeling more energised and going on a run after work.
How do you create a good habit? At first, you need to consciously commit yourself to taking action. This is the hardest part and requires effort, but after a few weeks it will seem more natural, and just a part of who you are, a part of your daily routine and just something that you “do”. Do you want to be a manager? Get into the habit of acting like a leader at work, and studying every night. Do you want to lose weight and get fit? Get into the habit of eating properly and exercising regularly. Do you want to be rich? Get into the habit of reading about money and finance every day.
Creating good habits that move you toward your goals is essential if you want to succeed. Make a start today.
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