Many people have observed that our lives are the sum of our habits. We do virtually everything by habit from what we eat, how we groom ourselves, how we put on our clothes (right or left leg first) and countless other things throughout our day. Think about it and you will realize how powerfully our habits are ingrained in our daily behaviors.
Is there anything in your life you'd like to change? Most all of us have something we know is in need of change and in many instances, we know exactly what we ought to be doing. We just never seem to get around to making that change. How do we do it?
The only way I know is to change what we have been doing and do something new, more often or do it differently. The reality is too many people never get there and unfortunately they continue to blame their situation on bad genes, bad luck, what someone has done or said in the past or numerous other things outside of their control.
Motivational speaker and author, Matthew Kelly says the simple truth is our lives change when our habits change. If you observe the success of someone you admire, you will find their success is the manifestation of successful habits. This holds true across all aspects of life, whether it's an athlete, someone in business, a phenomenal parent or a truly great friend.
Kelly observed that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team due to his terrible foul shot percentage. What did he do? He changed his habits and created a new habit of making (not just shooting) six hundred free throws every day. He pursued this habit for ten years. Do you think it was effective?
Is there some habit you want to change and replace with a new one? I invite you to join me. I'm working on changing a number of habits both personally and professionally. Just do it! Changing your habits will change your life!