Why Habits are Important.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” – Will Durant
By nature, we are creatures of habit. This is evident by the fact that an 45% of our daily actions are habitual, meaning that around half of our day-to-day decisions are made without a second thought. With this statistic in mind, it is without a doubt that habits are a hugely important part of our lives. In this blog we are going to look at the 3 key reasons as to why positive habits are so important.
Habits make you the person you are today
Since habits are acts that you do automatically on a daily basis, they are powerful enough to shape you into the person you are today. For instance, if you have established positive habits in your daily routine, then you are on your way to becoming the best version of yourself automatically – without much conscious effort. However, unhealthy habits can throw you into a spiral of self destructiveness with just as little consciousness.
With some discipline, you can build your daily routine around positive habits that will bring you closer to the person you want to become. The main way in which habits shape who you are is by taking away your choice of doing something – you end up just doing it. Habits have the power to make the things you want to do easier in the future. For example, if you want to be someone who wakes up at 5am every morning, forming a habit of doing so spares you the effort of making that difficult decision each and every day. Your past self has set up a habit of waking up early so your future self does not have to choose to do so every morning because it has become completely automatic. Habit building can take time and effort to maintain, but it is always worth it and your future self will thank you for it.
Habits help you reach your goals
Habits are at the root of all productivity and with the right habits firmly embedded into your daily routine it becomes much easier to achieve your life goals. Having a fixed routine that is guided by positive habits is all you need to construct an efficient environment for yourself. Choose the goals that are most important to you and then establish the daily habits necessary to make them a reality.
Success takes a long time to cultivate and it is found through a collection of positive habits. For example, if your goal is to run a marathon, a good habit to implement would be to run for at least 5 minutes every day. You will find that it is often the case that you end up running for longer, but just showing up is winning the battle. Even if it can take years to efficiently prepare for a marathon, making a habit of daily training will ensure that you will get there eventually.
Habits replace motivation
Some of the big goals you have in life can be very daunting, leaving you paralysed about how to even begin working towards them. When faced with this situation, it can be very easy to lose your motivation. In this instance, habits can be an incredibly useful tool in keeping you on track simply because they break down a big task or goal into smaller, more manageable chunks. It becomes much easier to remain motivated for a long period of time if you complete small amounts of your goal everyday. Seeing progress being made on a daily basis is extremely rewarding and will encourage you to keep working towards your larger goal.
For example, if your goal is to write a book, you may decide to make a daily habit of writing at least a small paragraph each day. Little by little, this habit will make you a more skilled and confident writer as well as bringing you closer to your goal.
Our lives are essentially a sum of our habits. We can improve our lives by simply adopting the right habits. When activities such as waking up early or exercising become a habit in your daily life, you will notice that you begin to complete them automatically, without having to force yourself or think about it. It is essential to take the time to examine your current habits – the good and the bad. You can then build a system of habits that will help you become the best version of yourself as well as bringing you closer to your big life goals.