You do not have to be a victim of past programming, past habits, or past failures.
What is a habit? A habit, be it a good one or a bad one, is an acquired pattern of behavior that has become almost involuntary as a result of frequent repetition. For those of you who prefer a more visual definition, read this story:
A teacher takes a bit of lightweight string and wraps it one time around a student’s wrists. He tells the student, “This string represents the power of a bad habit. Can you break the string?”
The student easily breaks the string with a small flick of his wrists. The teacher says, “You were barely bound by the power of that habit.” He then repeatedly wraps the string around the student’s wrists many times and challenges him to break it.
Despite the student’s best efforts to break free, the repeatedly wound lightweight string holds fast. The teacher turns to walk away. “I wish you’d unwrap this string!” the student gasps. His teacher says, “Now you see the power of a bad habit, when the habit is repeated many times. It takes more than wishing and personal strength to break free from it. It takes a change in the way you think about the problem.”
Nursing bad habits instead of nurturing good ones is the only thing standing between who you are today and who you can be tomorrow. In fact, every obstacle you can think of between you and your goals can be summed up in two words — bad habits.
Looking back through all the jobs and careers you’ve ever had, can you put a price on how many raises, promotions, and opportunities you have missed because of unproductive behaviors or habits? Habits that stifled your potential to move up the corporate ladder, start your own business, get the promotion you deserved, make more money or to just be happy with the job you spend a third of your day doing? Habits like:
• Neglecting Yourself
• Not Setting Goals
• Not Following Your Plan to Achieve Your Goals
• Stressing-out and Over-working
• Doing Paperwork When You Should be Out Finding New Business
• Saying “Yes” When You Want to Say “No”
• Procrastination and Tardiness
• Negative Thinking
• Losing Your Temper
• Taking a Cigarette Break Every 45 Minutes
• Eating Taco Bell 3 days a week because “it’s faster”
• Blaming Others for Your Problems
• Using the Internet or E-mail for Non-related Business
• Losing Things
WHAT IF you finally had the energy to shed these habits and use that new reserve to do the things that inspired and motivated you? The trick? To learn why you have these bad habits, where they come from and how you can change them.
It requires you to change the way you think before you can change the way you act. It requires you to overcome society’s programming. Programming that has taught you to fail all your life.
The past is a locked door; your future is made up of the choices you make today. You do not have to be a victim of past programming, past habits, or past failures. But you do have to step up and make the effort to annihilate those bad habits.
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Best To You,
Business & Life Strategist