by: Laurie-Ann Murabito, CPCC,ACC
Habits are the things you do subconsciously or on auto pilot. The rituals you have, such as exercising, smoking, negative thoughts or saving money determine where you are currently in your life. Successful people are successful because of their daily practices, such as being punctual, reading and socializing with people like themselves. Habits are the foundation of your success or what’s holding you back.
New habits can be formed within a short period of time depending on the frequency the behavior is repeated. Daily habits can be locked in sooner and with ease than compared to a weekly ritual.
Take inventory of the habits you currently have. Determine what habits you need to best serve you and pull you forward or in the direction you want to move in.
One at a Time:
Pick one habit to work on and lock in per month. You can have 12 new patterns for success by the end of 2009. Think about how far you could be with new or revised routines.
Pull out your day planner, on the first of each month write in an appointment for your new habit as a reminder. Concentrate on that one new pattern. At the end of each day, ask yourself how did I practice my new habit today? How will I enforce it tomorrow?
The routines of your past are the foundation to your successes or disappointments. Make a conscious decision this year to develop new and improved rituals. Don’t underestimate the power of strong, quality habits to automatically pull you toward a fulfilling and successful life.