Our habits have the potential to be our servants or our masters. Growing up, you didn’t know that. But now you know it to be true.
Your good habits, the ones that others admire in you and you use to your benefit are ones that you might wish you could expand and improve upon. Your bad habits, those that get you into trouble, are hard on your health, cause rifts with other people or stand in the way of your progress, are the ones you wish you could eliminate.
When I first read, Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, I was struck by six magic words: “We become what we think about.” Over the years I’ve tried to use that to my advantage. I felt that if I could control what I think about, I could control what I become. Choosing my habit of thinking; thoughts of positive expectancy, optimism, persistence, buoyancy, resilience and determination, took me a long way from where I had started.
That meant reading good literature and books that were enlightening and inspiring. It meant listening to books on tape (now Mp3s) and attending seminars with top thinkers and successful people.
Here’s a question for you: Is your future smaller than or bigger than your past? When you look ahead, do you see bigger and better opportunities, or diminishing returns? Are you ramping up, or slowing down?
As you look forward to a new year, consider what habits you’d like to address. Which ones expand your future and which ones cause it to contract? Which habits reinforce what you want, vs. what you don’t want?
What do you do every day, without effort, that helps you to succeed? Remember when you didn’t do that? What did you have to do to make it a habit? In most cases, it was determination, persistence and repetition.
What do you do every day, without effort, that causes you not to succeed at something? What habits prevent you from losing weight, getting fit, improving relationships, building your business to its potential?
If you want a different future than the trajectory you’re on, much of it will be determined by your daily habits. If it’s true that we become what we think about, what are the dominant thoughts in your mind? Which ones are your masters and which are your servants? As we head into 2015, take back control and decide the habits that will expand and create an even better year for you.