Be as careful of the books you read as of the company you keep, for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter.-Paxton Hood
It is no secret that most persons have the desire to start something great in their lives. But the problem with most persons is that the knowhow to sustain an action that will get them to where they want to go remains a secret. And so, with the passing of time their goals, dreams or aspirations dwindle into oblivion.
I want you to think of an occasion in your life when you made a decision to make some change. This can be anything.
Try to recall the oath you made with yourself. Maybe it was an exercise programme you wanted to implement. You bought your sports clothing; matching shoes to go with it. You made a schedule, and even started.
The first day of your exercise programmed was great, and then the second too. Then the rain fell. It is wet outside; you shouldn’t go out today, maybe tomorrow, a thought running through your mind. You acted on it.
Then tomorrow came and you remembered that this was a rest day, so you can’t go out today, no, you shouldn’t, that will be cheating. Remember the plan, the plan has a rest day built in, you already got thrown off with the rain this week. Another thought entering your mind.
Before you know it, exercised days become swamped with other activities but exercise. Activities such as TV watching, or going to the movies may become priority. Now do not get me wrong, I’m not saying that anything is bad about these however the time they start occupying, are time originally set aside for exercise.
The gym equipment you purchased at home now becomes a hanger for clothing. In this case, the plan to live a healthier life style, got side tracked. A habit of consistent discipline for exercise was not developed.
I know of persons who are planning forever to return to school and finish that degree they started. The days turned into months and the months into years. The drive to complete the remaining course then vanished.
What is the course for that?
There can be many reasons. But failure the stick to a plan of action consistently, speaks to a faulty process of forming the habits to take you where they want to go.
People want to achieve so much in life, too be more spiritual, learn a new language or to develop better friendships or greater wisdom in some area of their lives.
Some persons are able to accomplish so much in life whereas others struggle.
So what may be a significant deciding factor as to why some persons never achieve their dreams?
The answer could be as simple as that, they failed to develop proper habits.
When goals are not attained, most will just give up or frustrate themselves with self blame and doubt. When, what you should be doing is looking at are areas to develop more positive habits. If these habits are developed, the same persons get an intrinsic value that becomes beneficial to them in a significant way.
You see, people tend to be energized when given rewards—intrinsic or extrinsic—for their industriousness.
When we experience successes in life, owed to calculated actions and attention paid to details, we are motivated to repeat the behaviors which made us successful.
It is as though, through a learning process, we pair achievements of our goals with a specific routine. This routine over time becomes automatic. These are habits.
Good habits, they bring less pain physically or emotionally, as such, they are then repeated again and again. The expectation is that we have similar positive responses each time.
If this good feeling is not experienced, or disappointments prevail, one of two positions is taken:
- One position might be to give up and no longer chase our dreams.
- The other position is to make adjustments to our routines and persevere.
Behaviorist Ivan Pavlov supported this idea of pairing specific action with outcomes. In his work on, classical conditioning he showed that you can pair two things together that is as though they become one and the same.
Borrowing from this idea, we can see how we can pair together good habits and productivity. In other words, good work habits come to mean productivity and vice versa.
Developing powerful habits can propel plans. Powerful habits can get you from the point at where you are right now in your life, to where you want to be.
From today, from this point on ward, you are going to succeed. You may have tried before at various endeavours and experienced some type of setbacks. But you will overcome, you will achieve greatness. I therefore say to you, it is possible, and within your reach to accomplish goals you set for yourself.
Your approach to life, your attitude to growth of what is humanly possible for you must change. After you have read and put these steps into practice, you will not remain the same. This means that you must continue to be progressive in what you do to make your dreams a reality.
Someone once said that: “Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them”. So let nothing prevent you from achieving all that you possibly can.