Why Habits are critical to your success
Recently I have been reading a few books around human behavior with the goal to better understand why we do some of the things that we do. Some of concepts include how trends can move within society by small groups of people through to challenging concepts on how certain individuals tend to be more successful based on DNA.
With that being said a theme that seems to come across these books I have been reading is how habits play an important role to personal success.
What I’ve learnt so far is, habits whether good or bad shape a massive part of who we become, and in many ways how far we go.
In other words, if you want to be successful at a consistently high level then having habits associated with that is critical to making that work.
For example, if you are wanting to be an effective business leader you need to create and develop habits that are based around leading, executing, decision making, risk taking and accountability, just to name a few.
The same can be said about having a goal to become more healthier, this will mean that your eating and exercise habits need to match the goal of being healthy. This may mean going to the gym when you don't feel like it, staying away from the treat aisle during groceries or simply drinking more water!
Habits in many ways is more about consistency of an activity rather than a one-off attempt. A habit should be predominately designed to solve a a long term problem or a challenge you are looking to overcome, or as James Clear author of Atomic Habits writes, "The ultimate purpose of habits is to solve the problems of life with as little energy and effort as possible".
In fact when you break it down as per Clear's quote with the idea of a habit looking to solve problems, then I believe habits need consistency as well as doing the little the things. For example, if the habit you are trying to accomplish is "exercising more", the little thing associated to that could be starting to walk during your lunch break straight after you have had your lunch instead of catching up on Facebook or Instagram. When you do that small thing consistently, then that walk at lunch time slowly turns to a walk after work for thirty minutes, and then a light jog, and then a run, and then a shift to going to a gym, or fitness class, and before you know it doing the so called little thing or "walking" has exploded into a momentum swing into exercising more without to much thought!
Another example could be wanting to build a habit of "reading more" and the little thing associated with that could be reading one news article every morning, then that small consistent habit builds momentum towards reading say five pages of a book a night, then ten more pages, and then a chapter a night, and before you know it you are automatically picking up a book to read with little effort and energy, and all of sudden it just becomes habit to pick up a book, newspaper or magazine and start reading!
This seemingly simple process can be applied to any aspect of your life, and when it comes to personal success habits can absolutely amplify and create momentum swings that allow you to succeed faster, better and more effectively towards your goals.
At the the end of the day, we all have habits that shape how we go about our daily lives, the question I asked myself and so should you is, "are your habits currently working for you or against you when it comes to hitting your goals, solving your life problems and driving your towards accountable success?".
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Till next time,