Why You Should Focus On Your Habits First
January 12th, 2017 | by Jaco Alberts || 24 Comments |
I have taken a break to spend some quality time with my family over this season. Now, it is time to get back into action again. After taking a break, it often takes some time to ‘get back into things’. There is often a backlog and you need to catch up on many things. You need to get re-organized and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. This is the time to remain calm and just start working strategically to get back into the rhythm of things.
It might be easier said than done, yet it’s a simple strategy. It starts with creating routines and developing habits.
We have said our good-bye’s to 2016 and we are into 2017. This year is no different. Along with the challenges of just getting everything done, many of us would like to see change in our lives. We want to do things differently. We want to grow; we want to achieve new heights. Many people are talking about their new goals. Whether you want to call them New Year’s resolutions, goals, good intentions….whatever you want to call them, the majority of people has them.
Some people don’t have any goals or New Year’s resolutions and for many who do have them, it’s just about having some fun. They don’t really take it seriously. Why? Maybe they’ve set many goals before but were never able to achieve them. Now it’s just about having some fun. It’s about letting their imagination run wild and do some daydreaming.
Yet, you do find some individuals who take it very seriously and they actually do achieve their goals, year after year.
What is the secret of these people?The best way to ensure that you achieve any goal or bring about any change in your life is by creating habits… Click To Tweet
Why Do Some People Achieve Their Goals and Others Don’t?
If you would really like to see change in your life, you might need to dig deep. You need to be prepared.
Firstly, you need to know who you really are and what you really want. There is no sense in trying to achieve any goals for the sake of pleasing or impressing other people. Your goals must be personal.
Secondly, although it is good to see the big picture, we still need to stay in contact with reality.
The best way to ensure that you achieve any goal or bring about any change in your life is by creating habits and routines.
If you want to become a successful writer or you want to manage your own blog, that’s great. See yourself as a blogger. Refer to yourself as a writer. If you want to start your own business, think of yourself as a business person. All this is good. See the bigger picture. But don’t lose contact with reality.Why Do Some People Achieve Their Goals and Others Don’t? Ask Jaco Alberts @ Philipscom Click To Tweet
Start By Creating Habits and Routines
Start at the beginning. If you want to ensure that you will achieve success, determine your goal. Know what it is that you want in life. Know what you want to do, who you want to be. Then start developing your habits accordingly.
If you want to become a writer, it is good to know that you want to write your own book and publish it. But that in itself is not enough. Knowing that you want to write a book is not going to get you there. It’s not going to get the book written.
What do writers do? They write. So start developing the habit of writing every day. Set a writing target for yourself every day, even if it is for as little as 30 minutes per day. Or set a target for writing 500 words per day. But create a habit of daily writing.
Before you know it, you’ll have a great arsenal of content available at any given time to publish on a blog. Eventually, you’ll be able to start editing all that content and organize it into a specific order. This can eventually enable you to create a book that you can publish. But it all starts with a habit.
Good Habits and Routines Can Increase Your Energy Levels and Make You More Productive
Without habits, you have to consciously think about what you need to do next. You need to remind yourself and constantly create time in your schedule, thinking about when you need to do certain activities. This often drains your energy. You start losing enthusiasm and eventually just give up on your goal.
Determine what time of day is the best for you to write. Many people prefer writing early in the morning when they are still fresh and creative. If that’s you, great, start writing in the morning. Maybe develop the habit of getting up a bit earlier and start writing before the rest of your family gets up.
If you prefer writing later in the day, or even in the evenings, that’ also fine. But find that time when you can be creative and productive, and develop a habit.
By creating routines and habits (which are in line with your goals), you don’t have to spend energy thinking about what you need to do next and when you need to do it. You’ll be much more relaxed and before you know it, you’ll start achieving your goals.
Habits can also be healthy and increase longevity. Read about the healthy habits of people who have lived over 100 years.
The 9 ways to save money, as discussed in ‘Reach Your Financial Goals in 2017’, are all based on habits.
Make 2017 a year to remember. Make it the year where you make an impact on your life, just by forming good and healthy habits.
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May God Bless.
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