“Before a bad habit can break you, you’ll have a chance to break it first. Likewise, before a good habit can make you, you’ll have a chance to make it first. You will always have an opportunity to influence your own destiny.”
It will take more than desire to make your New Year’s resolutions a reality. You will need timeless success principles strongly imprinted in your subconscious mind. These principles then become the energies and attitudes of mind that pull you to personal success and greater fulfilment, regardless of the difficulties and challenges that you face along the way.
Below are some of the key principles about HABIT that should be part of your personal philosophy as you seek to influence your life positively in the coming year and beyond:
1. Humans Are Shaped for Habits
We are all creatures of habits. The capacity to cultivate habits, good or bad, is rooted in our DNA as humans. Psychologists say that 90% of our daily behaviour is habitual. There are scores of things that you do the same way everyday. Over the years, we all have cultivated a set of habits that influence how well we function as human beings. This includes how you get out of bed every morning, brush your teeth, shower, eat breakfast, read the news, drive to work, arrange your desk and shop at the supermarket.
On the positive side, habits can assist us in getting things done with less effort. Once a habit is formed, it frees up your mind to engage in another activity, even though your entire body is on autopilot doing something completely different. For example, you can plan your day while in the shower or chat with your passenger as you drive to work.
2. Your Habits Are Deciding Your Happenings
On the negative side, your subconscious mind can become stuck with a negative habit that can jeopardise your happiness and limit your success in life. Every poor habit always attracts a corresponding consequence, instant or deferred. This is one of the traps for the people with bad habits. They survive on false hope as the consequences of their bad habits don’t often become obvious until much later in life.
Habits are like the building blocks that eventually shape our future. The habits that you are currently nurturing are producing the results that you are currently getting. Therefore, if you desire greater happiness and success, you will need to swap all your self-defeating habits for better ones. No highly successful person simply strolls aimlessly to the top. Getting to the top always requires discipline, focus, perspiration, patience and sheer consistency in daily positive actions.
3. Your Future Is Your Responsibility
Nothing changes for the better for you until you decide to change. If you can change, things around you will follow-suit. You may choose to blame every other creature on the planet for your present poor habits or circumstances. But at the end of the day it is still your life – and you are still the one facing the consequences of your lack of responsibility.
If you desire a different future you must resolve to start doing things differently. If your current habits are leading you to a destination that you are unwilling to arrive at, then change them. To continue to do things in a certain way is to continue to get the same results.
4. Positive Actions Today are the Keys to a Positive Tomorrow
“Action is the foundational key to all success,” rightly observed by Pablo Picasso, the Spanish painter and poet. Action is the common denominator that completes all the equations of uncommon success.
Today, take a few moments to write down your New Year’s resolutions and proceed further to create the daily action-steps to achieve them. Then be determined to follow through on all your daily action-steps, day-in-day-out. This is the key for making your resolutions a big success.
See “The 3 Steps to Developing & Sustaining New Success Habits in the New Year and Beyond” to learn the step-by-step guide to succeed in your New Year’s resolutions.