Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Once an action becomes a habit, you don’t have to think when you do it. You just do it. After you have formed one good habit, it’s time to start on the next one. Keep doing this and then your life will be full of productive things that are driving you towards success. These habits compound on themselves. With the development of a single good habit, there won’t be much of a difference in your life. With the development of 10+ good habits, I can guarantee that you’ll be a completely different person. If you make these good things habits, then you don’t have to actively think about them while doing them. This frees up a lot of time for other productive activities. Habits are super powerful. My mind has an alarm clock that goes off at certain times of the day. These alarms are set for my habits. Some of my habits are reading, writing, exercising, and networking. I do all of these things at certain times of the day without even having to think about them. The more beneficial habits you have, the more rewards you will get from them.
The main way I create new habits is by scheduling it into my calendar. If it’s in the calendar, it must get done! It’s the best way for me to keep myself accountable. Accountability, commitment, and discipline are much needed to establish these habits.
Challenge: What habits do you have? What habits would make your life better? Once you can answer these questions, you can start designing habits to make yourself more successful!