Have you heard about the famous book called Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People? Nice title, right?
The book talks about developing some useful habits. It’s a great book.
Then you have Tony Robbins who talks about rituals (aka habits) and how important it is to do things, well…habitually.
Well, well, well.
I have a question to you. Do habits last?
They often don’t. And here is a problem. You can develop all the habits you want. They say it takes 30 days of repeated activity to develop a new habit. Perhaps it does.
We might go strong for a few weeks, months or even years and… BANG! We’re back where we started or worse.
Because habits don’t guarantee anything.
For example, some time ago I’ve developed a habit of jogging three times a week. Great. I have been pretty diligent about it too. But sometimes I have days that I skip my sessions. Sometimes it is a big struggle to get back and do my 30 min workout. Sometimes I might do only 1 or 2/wk. And I don’t even have a job, so I have plenty of time.
In fact sometimes I have to make myself to go jogging. It is a BIG struggle. In fact I don’t believe I have a habit. What I have is focus and relentless fight for what’s important.
Another thing, through a constant repetition and a focused thinking I’ve developed a habit of being happy. Does that mean that I am always happy? No way. I have my weak moments. There goes my habit.
Habits don’t work too well.
But there is something that always works. It is fighting. It is always going back to our journey, to our dreams. No matter how many detours we take, we can always adjust our thinking and get back. Even when what we did for a while was a total contradiction of our “habits”.
Life ain’t bowl of cherries. Our habits sometimes betray us. So be it.
But our memory of what’s important, memory of who we truly are and our ability to get back in the game is what we will always have.
Remember to get back. Habits don’t define you. It’s your ability to remember what’s important to you and your ability to get up and start again.
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