The following is an excerpt from an Ebook I will be publishing. The book takes a operational approach at organizing our lives, and then finding the correct plan to follow so we can achieve our greatest goals. This particular excerpt is from Chapter 2, which speaks on finding out what habits make up our lives. I hope you enjoy!
“No matter what aspect of our life we have habits. Eating or dieting habits, sleeping habits, work habits, driving habits, the list could go on forever and ever. While we often times seem to glance over these habits, they play a vital role in the formation of our lives. How often do we hear someone complain about the way his or her life is going? How often do we hear someone gripe that they can never seem to loose weight and they were just born to be big? For example, here’s a story about a friend of mine. We will call him Jim for the time being. Jim is a great guy. Jim works full time, is always on time, pays rent and covers his bills but never seems to be able to get ahead. Jim would love to travel and experience new things and places but never has the money to do so. When you take an objective view of Jim’s life you can see that he has a few habits that are restricting him from doing what he really wants to do. For example Jim enjoys going out for drinks after work with his friends. In fact he will do this a few times each week. What Jim thinks he enjoys though is actually causing a great shortcoming in his life. So often we look for instant satisfaction rather than investing in satisfaction for the rest of our lives. We wish to be happy now rather than make the decision that will bring happiness to us for years to come. Pertaining to Jim this is his exact problem. Though he enjoys going out with his friends, in the long run it is causing more of a problem for him than anything else. This is a habit Jim has created. By ritually going out with friends he falls short in reaching his potential. Change your habits change your life. If Jim shifted his habits from going out for drinks from a few times a week, to maybe just once a week, his habits would begin to support his dream. With this huge leap in progress Jim would quickly begin to live the life he truly dreams of.
Jim is just an example, but Jim could be any one of us. We all have habits that don’t support our main goal. We must face these facts. We must acknowledge our habits that do not aide in our success. Often times it takes a close examination of our daily routine to truly uncover our habits. We become so used to a certain way of doing things we often forget we are even doing them. We must take a fine tooth comb to our routine to truly find the cracks in our foundation. Below I have left lines to do a bit of writing. Weather you wish to print these pages out, or write in your own journal I encourage you to do so. Take a few minutes and think deep about the habits you currently perform. Some will be good some will be bad, some will be hard to admit to, but we must be honest. If you constantly wake up an hour late write that down. Do not pass things off as flukes or every once in a while ordeals. If we lie to ourselves about our habits, our life will be a representation of those lies and we will not acquire what we strive for.”