A habit is something you do often enough that it becomes easy. Therefore, it is a behavior that you keep repeating. Do you know the best habits for success? You can rid yourself of bad habits and build good ones to bring success much faster.
If you have a habit you want to change, you can reprogram yourself at any time.
If you want to change your money-making habits, check your spending habits. One important thing to do is to save or invest 10% of your income each month. Think of it — if you invest $100 per month in an account that will compound annually at 10%, and start this plan when you are 18, by the time you are 65 you will have saved more than $1.1 million.
However, if you didn’t start saving at age 18, you will have to come up with another plan.
Change Must Involve Commitment
You cannot dabble in change. If so, you will quit your efforts to change the habit after a few weeks or months, and you will have a long list of excuses why you couldn’t do it. You must make a commitment to change.
If you wish to succeed, you can do so if you realize that your habits will determine your future. To get to the top, it takes focused action, personal discipline, and energy to pursue your goal every day.
Many of us these days live our lives for immediate gratification. Folks who have this “get it now” habit can often spend in excess of their budget. If you let this behavior develop into a chronic bad habit, you could face bad consequences, such as bankruptcy.
Negative habits lead to negative results. Successful habits can bring you positive rewards. With focus, you can change negative consequences into positive rewards. All you have to do is change your habits now.
We are told it takes about 21 days to change or develop a habit. If you want to change a habit, figure out how long it has been one. If it has been a habit for 30 years, you might not be able to change it in three or four weeks.
Some things, such as low self-esteem that you have carried for a long time, will take longer to change, perhaps even a year or more. However, when you are able to make the change, you will affect both your personal and professional life.
Consistency Is Important
When you are working on a change, be careful not to slip back into old ways of doing things. Stress can cause this regression. Perhaps your new habit is not yet strong enough to resist the circumstances.
Use a checklist, just like an astronaut, to insure consistency. Put every procedure you need to follow on that checklist. In this way you can create your own fail-safe system.
Do you realize that up to 90% of your normal behavior is based on habits? Much of our activity is based on a routine we have had for years. If our lives become too routine, we can become complacent and life can be boring.
We settle for less than we are capable of. We do so much of our routine without thinking. This everyday normal behavior has a lot to do with the results we are getting in our lives. If we are not happy with our results, we need to change something.
Now, when you consciously work on those habits, and superimpose a new behavior on top of your present behavior, you then create a new standard of performance. You will find you produce more. Now you are replacing old bad habits with new successful ones.
Many of our habits that might need changing are invisible. Think about all the little things you do that could be holding you back. How are you at keeping commitments, such as returning phone calls, being prompt for appointments, or poor communication habits?
Perhaps you don’t do paperwork quickly, or handle the mail six times instead of one, or don’t pay bills or collect money due you in a timely fashion. Maybe you don’t take enough time to do fun things with your family, or you might be a severe procrastinator.
Which Are The Habits That Don’t Work For You?
Those are just a few suggestions to consider. Think about your life. Think about the habits that are not working for you. Those are the ones you need to change.
Sit down for some uninterrupted time and make a list of all the habits that make you unproductive. You need to study the bad habits and obstacles to your goals. Until you understand what is holding you back, it is difficult to create a more productive way of doing things.
You can ask for feedback. Talk to folks you admire and respect, and who know you well. Ask them what they observe about your bad habits. If you talk to ten people and eight of them list the same bad habit, pay attention.
Remember that your outer behavior is the truth, and your inner perception of your behavior is often an illusion. If you can accept good honest feedback, you should be able to make quick adjustments and eliminate bad habits for once and for all.
The family you grew up in can influence your belief system. If you grew up in a family where they were supportive, you will have a much different world view than the person who was brought up in a negative environment, subjected over and over again to physical or verbal abuse.
An abusive environment can often produce feelings of worthlessness and fear. Such a person will have a lack of confidence. When this type of belief system is carried forward into adulthood, it can produce many unproductive habits, such as drug addiction, criminal activity, and the inability to hold a job.
Peer pressure is another factor. If you are around people who constantly complain about how bad everything is, these beliefs may start rubbing off on you. Conversely, if your environment is positive, you will more likely see the world as full of opportunity and adventure.
Positive Beliefs Reinforce Performance
If you believe you are good at something, you will perform better. This improved performance will then affect future self-belief. If you feel you are no good at anything, this belief will have a very damaging effect on anything you try.
It is common to have a mix of self-beliefs, some of which are positive and some negative. Someone might see himself as good at sports and rotten at his job. Find your negative beliefs — those are the ones that you need to replace.
Remember that to change, you have to commit to change. When you are ready, you may find that the right people start showing up to help you.
Study successful people. Become a Napoleon Hill, who did just that and then wrote his inspirational book, Think and Grow Rich. Successful people leave clues.
Invite that person out to a meal, and ask lots of questions. Learn about their disciplines, routines, and habits. What do they read? What organizations do they belong to? How do they schedule their time? Listen and take notes.
Read autobiographies and biographies of famous people. These books can give you excellent ideas. Read one a month and you will gain many insights in a year. Watch documentaries featuring successful people. Listen to motivating or educational audiotapes when driving, walking or exercising.
You Are Involved In A Tremendous Learning Experience
Life is a learning experience. The learning never stops. You can keep learning constantly to refine your habits. You can always reach for a higher level, no matter where you are now. You will become more as a person and you will have more to offer.
In “The Power of Focus,” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt, you will find something called “The Successful Habits Formula.” It consists of three steps to help you create better habits.
1. Clearly Identify Your Bad or Unproductive Habits
You must consider the long-term implications of your bad habits. Be totally honest. Your life might be at stake. For example, if you smoke ten cigarettes a day for 20 years, that’s 73,000 cigarettes. Would those perhaps have a negative impact on your health?
2. Define Your New Successful Habit
Usually your replacement habit is just the opposite of the bad habit. For example, in the case of cigarettes, the new habit would be “stop smoking.” Create a clear picture of what the new habit will do. The more vividly you see the benefits, the more likely you are to take action.
3. Create A Three-part Action Plan
Once you have made the commitment to change, you need to decide which specific actions you will use. Pick some optional behavior that you can use to help you replace the old habit with a new one.
Focus on three immediate action steps you can take to change your habit. When you start, select the one habit that you most want to change. Practice your action steps. Remember, you must make the first change.
If you can search out and replace your negative habits, you will find improvement in both your personal life and your business life. Embracing positive beliefs will help you immensely on the road to success.
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