I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me
and I will do them – quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed – you must be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done
and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great people,
and alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine though
I work with the precision of a machine
plus the intelligence of a person.
You may run me for profit or run me for ruin
it makes no difference to me.
be firm with me, and
I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
WHO AM I?
I AM HABIT!
– Author Unknown
In my last blog I mentioned habit as being an important factor. It really is. If you want to change the way your life is going, you need to create new habits. And once it becomes a habit, you do not have to use a whole bunch of willpower to achieve it, because it becomes automatic.
Habits are not easy to change. Think of it like grooves on a record, and that you need to create new grooves but this time in your brain. The current thinking is that it takes on average a month to create a new habit. Say you want to start eating more greens. Well then you need to do it regularly for a month for it become a habit. Then once it’s a habit, you would automatically include greens in your meals, and would start to miss them if they were absent.
If you smoke and would like to quit (definitely would recommend not smoking) then you might want to try hypnosis. I have personally seen it work and think it’s a useful tool in trying to create better habits.
There is a really good book on habit that may help you achieve the changes you want in your life. Borrow it from the library and see if it works for you. I borrowed it first and then bought it because I thought it had valuable information.
“The power of habit. Why we do what we do in life and business” by Charles Duhigg