Habits. Good, bad or slightly annoying, it is our habits that will ultimately determine where we end up: success or failure.
I was recently sent this article about a man who had studied a group of rich people and outlined the common habits he found they had. While that article, in particular, was only about a group of people with a high monetary net worth, I’ll go beyond that, and say that good habits can help you succeed in life, not just determine who becomes wealthy. Money and things are temporary. Success is also about what we do with our time while we are here on earth.
I really like this definition of a habit: a routine or behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. That pretty much encompasses all that needs to be said about habits.
It has also been said that it takes twenty-one days to form a habit. I have been working on creating better habits for myself.
I will give you two examples from my life. First, I committed to writing this blog with a new post every Wednesday. I did it for a full year. Even when I felt nobody was reading or following my posts, or I felt I could better use my time doing something else, I still sat down and wrote. I enjoy writing and it keeps me sharp while I finish up my book. The point is that I made it a habit to sit down in front of the computer to write every single day, so that I could make sure I produce enough content.
My birthday was June 1st and I made a commitment to myself that I was really going to push myself in the fitness department. I wanted to increase my strength, so I started an intense training program with kettlebells. I gathered all of the information that I could, buying books on kettlebells and watching training videos by the pros. I then planned a kettlebell program four times a week to add to my regular training. I have not missed a day and progress is moving forward at a pace better than I expected. I have made heavy kettlebell training a habit and I can feel the results.
Success in anything new does not come from luck, and it is not free.
The time I took to examine my life and create new habits has paid off. It was not easy to admit to myself that I had some really worthless habits. It was hard to ditch some life long patterns I had, but I have and I will continue to work on replacing them with good ones. I can change my life. If you want to, you can change yours too.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.