Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. Samuel Jackson
So much to do, and so little time. Isn’t this our lament, and yet don’t we all have the same twenty-four hours? How do some people fit so much into their lives? Is it because they harness the power of habit?
My daughter and I were in the kitchen as she was getting ready to leave for work. “Food always seems to be on my mind,” I said as I thought about what we should have for dinner.
A week of dinners might be, Saturday soup night, Sunday a more special dinner, Monday pasta night, Tuesday rice, Wednesday potatoes, Thursday leftovers, and Friday burritos. There a whole week of meals I don’t need to rack my brain over. A rotation of four to six dinners that fit into each category and dinner becomes automated. Food shopping becomes easier because we have a set menu. Restaurants have set menus we can do it too.
If we want something to fit into our lives we need to develop it into a habit. One of the best habits we can develop is to pay ourselves first. We will never get anywhere in life if we don’t keep a portion of what we make to build a life and take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves.
Saving becomes a habit like exercising, cooking dinner, making our bed, and brushing our teeth. Most of the things we want to do in life aren’t one and done. They are small things that lead to big things. If we aren’t willing to take the small steps, often there won’t be a big step.
We become what we repeatedly do. Stephen Covey
If we harness the power of habit we don’t know what we can accomplish, but we have started. I was reading about someone who wanted to bring more exercise into his life so he started doing two pushups every time he used the bathroom. Almost anyone can accomplish two pushups. When we pair something we already do with something we want to do, every time we do what we already do we are reminded to do what we are adding to our life.
Eventually, if we are consistent that becomes a habit we can tie something else to. Most successful people have a string of successful habits. If we want to see what kind of life someone will build, look at their habits.
We become what we consistently do. Spenders spend, and savers save, we can err by being too much on either side. Balance is in order, but we will never achieve anything unless our habits lead us in the direction of our goals.
If we aren’t able to find a way to turn our dreams into doable habits that create the opportunity for success, we are unlikely to succeed. We may dream about success, but have we planted the seeds that can germinate and grow into success?
When we name a dream or set a goal, we’ve given our self a job. The job is to break it down into small steps we can continually take to bring it to fruition and completion.
A dream is just a wish unless we’ve broken it down into doable, achievable steps we continually take. When those steps become habits we are on our way.
Are our habits working for us, or against us in achieving our dreams and goals?
Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny. Gandhi
A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit. Erasmus
If you believe you can change – if you make it a habit – the change becomes real. Charles Duhigg
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