Here’s a scary thought: Are you your own worst enemy because of bad habits?

As I mentioned in my ezine earlier this month, Dame Agatha Christie once put the following words in a character’s mouth:  “Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.”

So true!  By doing a task (or thinking a thought) over and over again, it becomes ingrained in your very being.  As a result, you no longer have to devote as much attention to it to get the thing done; you’ve freed up energy and attention for other activities, both physical and mental.  In fact, you probably rarely take active notice of the fact that you’re doing the task or thinking the thought.

That’s both the joy and the curse of habits.

If you’re used to operating in a groove of productivity and effectiveness, your habitual ways of acting and thinking can help you cruise along that groove even more smoothly. Unfortunately, the reverse is also true: If you’re used to floundering in a sea of counterproductive actions and thoughts, the very fact that you’re in the habit of thinking and acting that way will keep dragging you down and will prevent you from getting the outcomes you want.

 

habit poster with Aristotle quote by Celestine Chua

 

So how do you go about changing your habits from hindering to empowering?

So…Where are your habits propelling you forward?  Where are they chaining you to frustration and mediocre results?  Where and when will you start to make sure all your habits are your best friends?

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