The following words are credited to Mahatma Gandhi: “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, and your values become your destiny.” Your destiny is linked to your habits and your success in life and designing the life you want is encapsulated in what you do on a daily basis – your daily habits. Jeff Olson in his book, The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life said, “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.” It is plain and simple! For you to live the life you imagine is to do what successful people do. Success comes from great and enabling habits. You can’t be successful by remaining ignorant regarding the key behaviours and habits of success. If you want to be a great presenter, you learn what great presenters do. You want to build a successful business, you learn from those who have succeeded and get to know and do what they did on a daily basis.
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken - Samuel Johnson
Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If you want things to change, change the habits that are creating the results you are having. Habits condition you to respond to things a certain way. Some habits will serve you well and other habits are a major liability. Your habits include how you conduct yourself, your behaviours, and the ways you do certain things, your personal customs, and way of life, practices, and patterns. A starting point to promote habits for positive change and transformation is to identify your enabling and disenabling habits. Are your habits enabling your results or disenabling you taking action on your goals? Are you being crippled by your negative habits? You need good habits to reach your goal and achieve your potential. The following are a list of habits you should consider changing and those you should develop.
First, the habits you should change: procrastinating all the time; making excuses for inaction; being indecisive; spending time with people going nowhere; being easily distracted; too much talk and no action; not being willing to learn; being ready to quit when obstacles show up; not being willing to put in the time and effort; being lazy, not frugal; being too willing to please everybody; complaining most of the time; not being willing to let go of what is not working; resisting change even though the change may be good; not being grateful for what you have; having a negative attitude; and being in the habit of wasting your and other people’s time. I believe may also you have other habits not listed here – you should identify those habits and work on them until you change them.
The habits you want to develop are the following: knowing what you want and being clear about that; having a sense of purpose and self-awareness; being achievement and goal oriented, result driven, action oriented, health conscious, self-disciplined, and honest; having a desire for continuous improvement; developing a sense of ownership and gratitude; being ready to resolve challenges and solve problems; valuing the effective use of time; being ready to delay instant gratification to pursue what is most important; believing in working smart; planning your day the night before; setting priorities and working the list; focusing on and completing the most important task first.