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One aspect of success is your habits. Habits are incredibly powerful tools for personal growth and success, yet most of walk around completely unaware of the habits we do daily (Good and Bad). Who you are and how you behave comes from (conscious or unconscious) habits – Whether it is wealth accumulation, relationship happiness, career or business, rest and relaxation, all of these are driven by your habits or learned ways of being and doing.
Habits can drive your success or it can deter it. I work closely with my clients looking at their habits, what is working, what is not. Changing negative behaviour patterns, consciously implementing positive habits has brought major mind, body and emotional success to them with some of them attaining extraordinary results for themselves. The good news is if they are not working for you, you can change them so long as you have the aforementioned desire, determination, discipline and action to see it though.
A positive habit is simply a habit or behaviour that produces positive benefits, results, actions, outcomes, feelings and emotions you want in your life. Habits, by their nature are very powerful, due to the fact there are automatic. Imagine what is possible for you in terms of health, happiness and achievements if you took time each day to focus, visualise and take action thereafter!
A habit is defined as an acquired behaviour pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. The key words here are acquired and almost involuntan. Acquired in this case is awareness around the habit (of new or learned behaviour) you want to have and then consistent daily practice of it until it becomes involuntary. Think of learning to drive for instance. At first you were very aware of what you needed to do. 5 years later, most of us drive on autopilot!
They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. Everyone is different though. One of my friends managed to master the ability to have laser focus in 10 days. Her desire was so strong, that mind and emotions change instantly.So now that we know what positive habits are, let’s take action and start a habit that will help you have a feeling of success and achievement.
I often hear client say that they are unorganised (or all over the place!) and that their focus can be quite scatter. To help them overcome this feeling, I get each and every one of my clients to plan their week ahead.
Did you know that the most successful people all share the common positive habit of planning their activities? Success Masters like John Assaraf, Brian Tracey, Eban Pagan all talk to the importance of planning. The also spend time visualising their goals / tasks each and every day.
Here are some simple steps to help you start planning your week / success a positive habit:
Every Sunday take 15 minutes and do a To-Do List, include everything you want to achieve that week from health, exercise, visualisation / meditation, family things, work tasks, social engagements through to house chores and administration. Also, look at your life plan and see what action you need to take for that.
Then take those tasks/to-do’s and map them out in your week. I use Outlook Calender for this. That way I get a reminder when I’m near my computer and a list appearing of what is next and what needs to be rescheduled if I didn’t finish something.
Start your day by looking at what you are going to achieve for that day – this prepares you for the day of successful outcomes. At the end of the day, tick-off all successfully completed tasks and acknowledge all that you achieved regardless of how big or small it is. If you do this daily, by the end of the week, all these tasks add up and you will visually see how much you actually do each and every week. Allow that sense of achievement to drive you for the week ahead. By accumulating this, you are laying the foundation or habit for more and more success and ultimately your GOALS!
Positive habits can be very powerful in your life, as well as bad habits. So how can we increase the number of positive habits, and decrease the number of bad habits?
Positive habits are great because they can automatically help you to accomplish your goals in life, and make you healthier. That is the greatest quality of positive habits, they are automatic, you don’t have to think about them, and they lead your life in the direction you want to go.
The same, but opposite can be said for bad habits. They automatically take you in the direction you don’t want to go. Fortunately the steps to forming and breaking bad habits are simple, but that doesn’t make them easy to do.
Make substantial changes in your life by paying attention to your habits and shifting them as needed. About 90% of daily actions are a reflection of habits. Thoughts produce and prevent actions. Often these actions are set on autopilot due to shortcuts the brain creates to save time. It is mind-boggling that no one has ever told us to check in on our habits to see if they are uplifting us or holding us back when they ultimately create the results we get.
The only thing that holds us back from filling the gap to our greatest abilities is ourselves. As a child my mother would ask me to pick up my toys. I was fortunate at the time to have a very efficient mother who if left a short period of time would end up doing the job herself. The habit to procrastinate served me well as a child but as time went on you can imagine how it held me back. It was a habit worth shifting. We often develop habits for a specific purpose but later on that purpose becomes irrelevant. It is our responsibility to take action to create the change.
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