Week 11: Habits
We all have, at some point of our lives said: “We are creatures of habits”.
But what is the real meaning of such words?
Let’s start the definition of the Habits.
Habits means: “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up”. Also means: custom, practice, routine, wont, pattern, convention, way, norm, tradition, matter of course, rule.
In other words, habits is a practice that is hard to give up.
The things about habits is that they (habits) have become part of your daily life, so we do not think much about them. And as Sean Covey says in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens:
“We become what we repeatedly do.”
That’s precisely the power of a habit. And we don’t have just one, or a dozen. We have dozens, maybe even hundreds of habits. Thank goodness for habits!
But, here’s the catch: We don’t like all of our habits. In fact, some of them are decidedly displeasing to our good self. We’d rather not be eating potatoes chips all the time. But, every night without fail, we find ourselves wiping that greasy stuff of off the remote.
MIT researchers discovered a simple neurological loop at the core of every habit, a loop that consists of three parts: A cue, a routine behavior, and a reward.
And this loops repeats itself over and over again. To understand your own habits, you need to identify the components of your loops. Once you have diagnosed the habit loop of a particular behavior, you can look for ways to supplant old vices with new routines.
In my case, I found myself thinking the exact same thing every single morning:
“When is it going to happen that I will fail again and have real problem paying my bills and my obligations?”
My mentor Mark Januszewski told me today: “Once your subconscious mind accepts the idea, it moves hell and high water to make it happen. Watch with amazement how your life changes without any seeming effort on your part. But remember, this works both ways, you have to eliminate negative thoughts!”
Thanks to this wonderful journey with MKMM, I just realized how many times I have been slave of my own bad habits, I realized that I was always conditioning myself to fail!!!
Thanks God, I now have this wonderful mental diet. Thanks God, now I have the TEN SCROLLS from the GREATEST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD by OG MANDINO.
Now I have positive food to feed my mind. But it has been a process not strange of struggles and fails.
As Samuel Johnson says: “The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” The good thing is that I can be persistent to the grade to be considered stubborn.
Thanks God, now I have broken the routine of my bad habits and substitute with new definitely more positive habits…
It is not coincidence that my business has skyrocketed the last couple of weeks.
As Jim Ryun says:
“Motivation is what gets you started.
Habit is what keeps you going.”
Now I am happy. Do I have no problems? Of course I have problems like everybody else. The difference is that I realized the true meaning of the words of Shannon L. Alder
“The best kind of happiness is a habit you’re passionate about.”
And remember: Change your mind and you will change your life!