When we think about the most important things in life we often think of health, relationships, experiences, accomplishments, wealth and abilities.
But none of these things happen on their own. They require action, and habits and consistency. It’s easy to think “I want to be healthy” or to recognize that “I need to eat right and work out X times per week” in order to be healthy.
But as Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
We can’t just will ourselves to do something. We have to know ourselves and understand what motivates us and what leads us to break commitments. Creating new habits is one of the hardest things to do, yet it’s essential to almost anything worth doing.
Habits are the foundation of accomplishments. Knowing yourself is essential to making habits. Knowing yourself and what motivates you to take action is the key to creating the life you want.
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I used to think it was a silly waste of time to think about a vision for my life. Who does that?
Every creative person, every entrepreneur and everyone who tries something new needs to realize and accept this. Your work is going to suck in the beginning.
We all fall off the horse once in a while. You committed to something with the best intentions, you even started strong, but now it’s been weeks since you did anything about it.
My first day on the job as a consultant in a boutique Fortune 500 tech consulting firm went like this. I took the 6am flight from Portland to Houston, arrived at work groggy but got right down to business.
Do this, then do that. Watch for when this happens and make sure never to do that.