You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, it’s a habit.—practical advice given by Aristotle.
We’re all aware of how important it is to create good habits.
Habits build momentum, and positive momentum in the right direction will lead to success.
If we were to look at the daily routine of any high achiever—whether it be in business, education, sports, entertainment, or anyone living an abundant life, we’d see a consistency of good and effective habits.
We can sometimes focus all of our attention on our goals, and not put enough emphasis on the habits that we must create to achieve these goals. (I’ve done this on plenty occasions.)
It’s one thing to start, but to be consistent at working towards a goal is a completely different conversation.
How do you stay consistent?
You started that work out challenge, but after a week in the soreness was just too much to bear and you gave up on it.
You created the vision board for your ideas, but then became overwhelmed by everything that was involved in taking your idea into implementation, so you put it off.
I know for me personally, in the past there have been many things that I started but didn’t finish—many things that I began, but didn’t complete.
What I found is that my focus was more on what I wanted to do instead of who I needed to become.
We don’t attract the things that we want in life, we attract the things that we are. We have to focus on becoming the type of person that can achieve the goals that we’ve set.
The key to achieving our goals and building lasting habits is to first get focused on the type of person we need to become.
It’s because your current behaviors are simply just a reflection of your current identity.
If your goal is to become a better photographer, become the type of person that takes photos every day.
If your goal is to lose weight, focus on becoming the type of person who never skips a workout.
If your goal is to become a better writer, become the type of person that writes daily.
Since achievement and success are created by your daily routine, if you want to change your life you first have to change what you do daily. In other words, your goals should become apart of your lifestyle.
Who you want to become should be reflected in your habits, and your habits should reflect your goals.
Keep in mind—You’re not just working on your goals, your goals are also working on you. They’re helping you improve, develop, and become a better you through your daily habits.
When you build the habits then the results will eventually come.