If your habits don’t line up with your dream, then you need to either change your habits or change your dream. If you want to hold on to your dream, then be prepared for a battle to change your habits because a bad habit never goes away by itself.
Bad habits are easy to form, but hard to break. Good habits are hard to form, but easy to live with. Our thoughts become our words, our words become our beliefs, our beliefs become our actions, our actions become our habits, and our habits become our realities. Your life is a summation of the good and bad habits you have formed over the years, it crystallizes into your ideals, your identity, and reality.
A habit is an idea that is fixed in a person’s subconscious mind that causes them to do something without any conscious thought.
On Habits : The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller:
- Don’t be a disciplined person. Be a person of powerful habits and use selected discipline to develop them.
- Build one habit at a time. Success is sequential, not simultaneous. No one actually has the discipline to acquire more than one powerful new habit at a time. Super-successful people aren’t superhuman at all; they’ve just used selected discipline to develop a few significant habits. One at a time. Overtime.
- Give each habit enough time. Stick with the discipline long enough for it to become routine. Habits, on average, take 66 days to form. Once a habit is solidly established, you can either build on that habit or, if appropriate, build another one
Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do). -Stephen R. Covey