We are the accumulation of our long term habits.
If you have long term bad habits, the best thing you can do for yourself and those you care about is to replace them with good ones.
Habits are the things you do which make you, you.
Sometimes people get habits confused with goals, or with jobs.
‘I’m going to write every day until I’ve written my book,’ is not a habit.
‘I’m going to write everyday,’ is a habit.
Any habit with an end date is not a habit.
Goals get accomplished when your long term habits are good ones. Good habits put you in the best position to do good work, and good work leads to accomplishing big goals.
Bad habits provide short term relief and stunt long term progress. They get in your way.
Identify your bad habits and turn them into good ones.
Mine worst habit at the moment is c(ocaine)reating mess when I’m stressed, so I’m trying to turn tidying up into something I do to relieve stress.
It’s going to be hard work forcing myself to do it, and even harder work to find joy in it.
But it’ll only be hard for another week or three, then I’ll be dusting for the hell of it.
Your brain is as malleable as you allow it to be. Grab it like a ball of play-dough and get to work.
If you’re still having trouble, harness the power of accountability. Tell ten people that you’re going to change, and you probably will.
If ten isn’t enough, tell more and more people until the thought of letting the all down, admitting defeat and telling them you’ve failed is so exhausting that you might as well just do the work and make the change.
Be the change you want to see in yourself, then worry about the world.
(To be clear, I was joking about the cocaine.)