WHAT EXACTLY ARE HABITS?
Habits are things we do repeatedly. But most of the time we are hardly aware that we have them. They’re on autopilot.
Some habits are good, such as:
· Exercising regularly
· Planning ahead
· Showing respect for others
Some are bad, like:
· Thinking negatively
· Feeling inferior
· Blaming others
And some don’t really don’t matter, including;
· Taking showers at night
· Eating yogurt with a fork
· Reading magazines from back to front
Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.
Luckily, you are stronger than your habits. Therefore, you can change them. For example, try folding your arms. Now try folding them in the opposite way. How does this feel? Pretty strange, doesn’t it? But if you folded them in the opposite way for 30 days in a row, it wouldn’t feel so strange. You wouldn’t even have to think about it. You’d get in the habit.
THE 7 HABITS REALITY CHECK Habit 1: Be Proactive
Take responsibility for your life.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Define your mission and goals in life.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Prioritise, and do the most important things first.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Have an everyone-can-win attitude.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Listen to people sincerely.
Habit 6: Synergise
Work together to achieve more.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Renew yourself regularly.
The 7 Habits can help you:
· Get control of your life
· Improve your relationship with friends
· Make smarter decisions
· Get along with your parents
· Get more done in less time
· Increase your self-confidence
· Be happy
· Define your values and what matters most to you
· Find balance between school/college, work, friends, and everything else
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle
List some of your good habits. For example, good habits include exercising, eating right or showing respect for others. What positive reinforcement do you give yourself when you practice good habits?
When habits go bad.
Habits are things we do consistently. Depending on what they are, they can make or break us. Like Aristotle said, we become what we do repeatedly. Now list a few of your not-so-good habits like negative thinking, lack of self-confidence, or blaming others. How do you feel when you choose to exercise a bad habit?
What would you consider your worst habits? You may want to use some from the previous page. Which ones would you like to change the most? How are you going to change? Think about it. The only one stopping you is you.