Are Your Habits Working For or Against You?

“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”

— Warren Buffett

The interesting thing about habits is that we usually don’t see them until they don’t work for us anymore.

Research has shown that up to 40 percent of our daily activities are habits not real conscious decisions. For example, which shoe did you put on first this morning, the right or left one? It doesn’t matter which one the real point is that this is a habit and you put your shoes on the same way each time.

Habits are not all bad, in fact they are a way to streamline doing routine tasks such as brushing your teeth, putting your clothes on, etc.

Habits become a problem when they interfere with your life and goal achievement. Dramatic examples are excessive gambling, cigarette smoking, drinking too much alcohol, drugs or even hoarding.

Each of us have habits. Some of which we’d like to change. Maybe it’s getting up a little earlier each day, having a better diet, making phone calls, or starting to exercise more.

You may not be able to make the entire change immediately so try it in small incremental steps. If you want get up earlier try getting up just 15 minutes earlier each day until you reach your goal. If you want to reduce your coffee drinking, try replacing a cup of coffee with a glass of water.

Be gentle and give yourself a Yippee each time you do a replacement activity.

To begin to make a change do this Action Step:
Action Step: Begin to notice your habits. See if you can identify one that no longer supports you in a useful way. Then pick a new behavior to replace it with. Maybe it’s drinking too much coffee–try drinking water instead of an extra cup of java and see what happens.

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