What is a habit?
It is when we do certain activities repeatedly over some time and then they become automatic and easy to do afterward. If you want to give up your old habits and create some new habits, first of all, give up your old habits and replace them with new habits. Bad habits are always bad for your present and future life and they may have negative influences on others in your surroundings. Hence, stay away from bad habits and develop good habits.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle
1. DEVELOP NEW AND GOOD HABITS
An American inspirational author and Founder of SUCCESS Magazine,
Orison Swett Marden once said:
“The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably, thought and act.”
Good habits are your best friends, while bad habits are your worst enemies; it’s up to you what you opt for in your life. You can’t stay a long time comfortably with your bad habits Because many bad habits unknowingly harm your life in the long term that mightn’t be found in today’s life.
Giving up old habits is sometimes more difficult, most people say, they can’t give up their old habits, because these are possible; are all difficult and not possible, but they didn’t think that this was possible, because they didn’t try to give up the old ones. If you don’t change your habits, you can’t change your daily living to work with a new set of goals. It needs strong decisions and persistent actions to form new habits.
Now start doing your new activities for the next 30 days, and give up your old habits convincingly that these habits are no longer active with me. My old habits are not part of my goal plans, and I must start doing the things that must help me to prosper and achieve my goals. When you do new activities daily with determination, they become auto habits and there is no need to remember them again because they have been conceived in your subconscious mind. Starting a journey with new habits is difficult, but these good habits must help you to achieve many objectives in life.
2. EXCELLENCE IS A JOURNEY
An American author in the area of the new thought movement Napoleon
Hill once said:
“Until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy.”
Your life follows your predominant thoughts, and predominant thoughts can’t be built up in one day, they take several days or longer periods to grow and create their empires in your thought process when you do certain things repetitively over some time.
If you decide to become successful in life, and want to achieve many things, or want to help many people in the society; first, change your thoughts, change your attitudes, change your habits, change your spoken words and change the ways of your actions.
When you do certain activities repetitively over a period they become your habits and your predominant thought will be the same and your life follows them. When you change your actions, you also change your habits afterward and you create the same kind of mindset to proceed further.
3. DEVELOP READING HABITS OF THE BOOKS
No habit is permanent, you can change your present habits to new and good habits once you take strong decisions to achieve your new goals, and these goals must be good to you and others as well.
Read hundreds of books on success and achievements; self-help, personal improvements, motivation and inspiration, and success; anyhow you need to change your state of mind and develop a success
mindset. Until you change your state of mind to success consciousness, you can’t work for success wholeheartedly. To grow faster, you need to learn many things from other successful people-be teachable; you can read biographies of successful people. From their life, you can understand many things.
4. DEVELOP YOUR STRATEGY
Stephen R. Covey, an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker wrote:
“You are not your habits. You can replace old patterns of self-defeating behavior with new patterns, new habits of effectiveness, happiness, and trust-based relationships. With genuine caring, I encourage you to open the gate of change and growth.”
You can’t pick the right things on the outside if you don’t have the same thoughts in your mind. Developing a new habit may not be possible in a short period, it takes time and varies from person to person. It is possible when you repeatedly do the things over some time. You can change your present habits into meaningful directions when you start doing things with clear goals. When you stay away from your comfort zone, you build a Winning habit for the upcoming success.
You can only build your future when you change your habits; your repeated actions shape your habits, and your repeated habits decide your character, and when you reach your destiny with the same strengths as you build yourself.
Sometimes bad circumstances and negative people create some situations on your path to disturb your state of mind on the way to success. In these situations, don’t make a swift decision to quit your achievement process even though it is painful and difficult.
Like creating dreams, you must know how to protect your dreams from negative people and circumstances.
Do four steps daily to strengthen your dreams:
Prepare a list of your dreams-what exactly what you want in life.
Write your dreams and goals daily in your dream book with deadlines, and action plans:
5. CREATE YOUR DREAM BOOK
a) Write your dreams in your dream book
Write your dreams in your dream book and write them in the present tense because your subconscious mind only understands in the present tense, it doesn’t understand the past or future. Feel positive about your dreams and visualize that you are now living with your dreams. Why do you need this confirmation before attainment, because you’ll need lots of effort to make your dreams come true, and for this reason, you must have felt an achievable success before it’s achieved? Who will work for your success, the answer is, nobody but only you? Many people might support you, but you are the leading role player in your success journey.
b) Put a Deadline on your Dream
Dream plus deadline becomes your goal, eIse your dream is only a wishful thought and it has no existence and power. Put your goals on paper and make plans to achieve them. Until you set your goals, you can’t manage your time in the right ways. Your success is nothing but your achievable goals.
c) Find the Reasons Why do you want to achieve your Dreams; Why?
Find the emotional reasons for your dreams, and then it would be easy to do the things to get it done. Many difficulties, setbacks, and challenges might come your way, but you can overcome them if you have strong reasons for your dreams. You don’t care what is happening on the outside because of emotional reasons, and your focus goes to concentrate on your work.
A weak desire can’t make you successful: you need a strong burning desire to get success in life. Most people fail in life because of weak desires, weak faith, weak decisions, and weak action plans, they don’t take strong decisions and don’t set goals because they don’t have strong reasons to achieve anything. Find the strong reasons why you want to achieve a big success in life. If the reason is clear and strong, that means, why is clear and strong: then how is it easy, that means, you can find the ways how to do it?
In the winter, early morning, when somebody goes outside for a morning walk, he may feel uncomfortable because of intense fog, cold, and moisture, but these outside effects can’t affect the person mentally if the person has the burning desire of doing the exercises for maintaining a healthy body. People find many excuses when they don’t have burning desires. You need a strong desire to overcome many difficulties and setbacks, and the people with clear visions grow much bigger and faster than the people with no clear visions.
d) Then How? Action Plans
Organize the list of your goals into plans and take immediate action on your plans. Write the action plans in 5-10 lines that motivate you to move on – write the detailed plans needed in the process. What you should do so that you can achieve your goals: When you get new ideas and knowledge upon a time from other or different sources, you can then update or modify your goal plans to new ones so that you can become more productive with these new ideas.
6. UPDATE 0R MODIFY YOUR GOAL PLANS REGULARLY
An American radio personality, reputed speaker, and author, Earl
Nightingale once said:
“All you need is a plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”
Always update or modify your goal plans to make your work more efficient and productive. If you don’t update or modify your goal plans periodically, that means, you aren’t single-mindedly working for your goals, and the results you’ll draw upon a time with the old plans mightn’t be very attractive towards excellent performances. Always follow the changes and be the change to perform outstandingly. You shouldn’t be the same person now with the same qualities as before.
Good habits are like depositing money in your savings account and you want to grow and prosper in the future, while bad habits are like repeatedly withdrawing money from your existing bank balance, this mindset doesn’t connect you to a secured life ahead.
Always change yourself with the needful qualities and find yourself as a new you every time ahead. If you always focus on your main activities and improve yourself over time, you are the true winner of your life.