Benjamin Franklin said, “Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”
In his book The Power of Habit, Charles Dughigg talks about the way in which we do things and how it creates what we have, and the hardest part is making a decision to do something different from the habits we have formed.
What if I told you that the ONE thing standing in your way to get what you want is an old HABIT? Our habits are directed by our environments but in the end we make the choice to go that route. We are all creatures of habit. We brush our teeth daily, shower daily, eat daily, but some people eat a certain time, exercise at a certain time, etc. But when does being a creature of habit, hinder your growth? The moment that you refuse to allow CHANGE to envelope your being and move towards that place of difference and a posture of freedom. Quick STORY: So I went to make some coffee, as I do a couple of times a time. The light came on but it did not start brewing. I took the water out, check the hose, although I saw the light on, check the circuit, and was baffled, how could this be... I just used it a couple of hours ago?
I continued to fiddle with it, until I realized it is broken, so I leave and go and get another one. But after taking it out of the box, mind you it's just a regular coffee maker...but it was black and my original one was white, I immediately started judging it's ability based on the changes I could see. "Is it going to brew the same?". "It doesn't look right". (but its just like the other one), "Oh no, I can't see the how many cups it makes from the side of the machine".
It suddenly dawned on me that I was so fixated about the way that my old coffee maker was, that I was not willing to change to embrace the new one. I wondered is this how I am with other things? Maybe so... Get a new hairstyle, like it but talk about the old one so much that you end the current hairstyle to go back to the last one. Get into a new relationship because the old one didn't work, but you keep talking about the old one with the new boo. You know why because you are a creature of habit, and there are neural activities in your brain that live off of the habits albeit bad for us. Those bad habits have created a grove in our neural activity makeing it easier for reflexes to just of these habits and it is "use" to functioning this way.
Here are a few quick tips.. Not Being a Creature of "Bad" Habits
1. You must determine that you will change at least one thing.
2. Recognize that change is not your enemy.
3. You must force new habits into your life, so that it overruns the Bad habits neural activity.
4. Get up and do the opposite. (If you are sick with the flu get up and go outside rather than stay in the bed.)
5. Remember bad habits does not allow you to produce better results for it stifles your energy.
3. Habits create a pattern, so verbally dictate what type of pattern you want to display in your life.
Hope you enjoy this...
Lakita D. Long (Serious Creature of Habit)