We all have different habits, and most of the time they reflect our idiosyncrasies. The habits we choose in our lifetime are strongly related to who we are as a person. For example, a man in his 40s, divorced, with bad credit score, lives in a one-bedroom apartment, spends 20 hours a week watching Netflix, rarely exercise, and drinks everyday. What is your impression of this man? This is not a healthy lifestyle, and his personal life is probably a mess. Habits are excellent indicators and predictors of your life and your future. What you do in action speaks much louder than words. Good habits are like good manners, they take time to nurture and they will influence you for the rest of your life.
If you want to be in a different place a year from now, then look at your habits in your life now and figure out which habits need to change. If you agree with the idea that good and healthy habits help to create clarity and positivity in our life, then you understand the how the bad habits limits our potential. Addiction to pills, drugs, alcohol, and junk food are commonly found in our surrounds. That's why we need to be addictive to something healthy, like eating more veggies, exercise regularly, and maybe even meditate on a regular weekly basis. If you really want to change your life, you need to start by changing your habits.
Sometimes it's a battle between choosing the bad habits or the good habit. For example, after a workday, would you like to watch something entertaining or something that's educational in your field? Of course, watch something entertaining can relax you from an exhausting workday, but continuous learning can be beneficial for your career. Trust me, you are not the only one struggling with it. Just take out a piece of paper and write down what is your current schedule and the hours you spend on entertainment vs continuous education. You can visualize your current situation much better. The most important things are:
- Be aware of these bad habits
- Focus on the changing one bad habit at the time
- Decrease the time you spend on bad habits or completely cut it off
- Incorporate your new healthy habit everyday, even if it's only 20 minutes. Persistency is the key!
- Try to be addictive to your new healthy habit
Forming a healthy habit is not as easy as it sounds, and it can take a much longer time to establish it. Don't worry, it doesn't require your commitment, but it requires persistence. By making healthy habits part of your daily routine and addictive to it, these will promote the likelihood to form a new healthy habit. Remember, developing good habits is fundamental to achieve your maximum personal potential.