“If we keep doing things the same way,
we will get the same results”
The health of a tree is determined by it’s roots. The health of our lives is determined by our philosophy. Our philosophy is what we believe, how we see ourselves and the world around us. It creates actions, which if repeated enough times creates habits. Eventually over time it becomes so instinctive we don’t even think about them. Our views and beliefs set the pattern for our habits and behaviors. If our beliefs don’t align with our habits, we don’t truly believe what we think we believe, no matter what our good intentions are.
“If you change your habits, you change your results.
How we think determines what actions we take
and habits we create”
1. Know your habits – They will reveal your philosophy.
2. Decide if you are satisfied where you are.
3. Identify one habit that you want to replace or improve – Don’t try to stop it. You will have it until a new habit replaces it.
4. Pick a new action to replace the habit you don’t want and consistently practice it.
5. Hang with people who exhibit the habit you want to have and are going in the same direction you want to go.
Over time you will think less and less about your new action. The action you have been practicing is now a new habit. The poor habit you wanted to replace will gradually lose its punch and die a natural death.
“Habits are formed by the repetition of particular acts. They are strengthened by an increase in the number of repeated acts. Habits are also weakened or broken, and contrary habits are formed by the repetition of contrary acts.”
― Mortimer J. Adler
1. Write down your good habits.
2. What do they reveal about yourself?
The goal is to focus on what you do well, why you do it, and celebrate it. Yes, that’s what I said. Celebrate it. We beat ourselves up to much already. If not us, the people around us can do a pretty good job of it. Shouldn’t we smile about our good habits and what we do well? Of course. It gives us energy, a sense of pride, accomplishment, strength.
Do this everyday and it might just change your outlook on life and what you can accomplish.
Celebrating is an action. A good action. Do it long enough and it becomes, you guessed it. A good habit. You will benefit and the people around you will benefit from it as well. Why? Because you will learn to see and celebrate their good habits as well. That will also open up doors of opportunity that you thought were previously closed.
See I told you that was easy. Your on your way to creating another good habit.
If we see proof that a new habit can make our lives better, it can change the way we think and allow us to happily adopt the new habit. Any habit, good or poor, rewards us in some way. That’s why we keep or replace them. If we don’t see, feel or experience another rewarding habit to replace the one we already have, we will hold on the the one we’ve got.
Stay in touch. There are so many possibilities. Creating foundational habits reap great rewards. .
“We are defined by our habits.
All of them.
Our actions are determined by them and
they tell us what we truly believe”.