Habits are what you repeatedly do; actions that become routine.
The habits you choose to practice either make you better or worse over time.
The key to building good habits comes down to simplicity and consistency. Your goal is to make your habits so simple that you know you can do them consistently for months and years from the start. Why? Because consistency is what matters the most when building habits; the complexity and difficult can always be increased over time.
To stick to habits, there are a few more things you can do:
- You can improve your environment to make practicing your habits as easy as possible. For example, by having a gym bag always ready with you.
- You can create multiple versions of the habit. For example, a long version could be a morning routine of 20 push-ups, followed by 20 minutes of meditation; and the short version could be just 10 minutes of meditation.
- Finally, you can create a set of core habits; habits that you never compromise. Ideally, the ones giving you the most benefits. These will be the habits that you can always go back to when life gets difficult.
I personally like doing a morning routine of just meditation; an evening routine of reflection and planning (in writing); and basic habits like waking up at the same time, good nutrition and yoga. I know I can do them consistently anywhere and at any time, and I can always increase the difficulty if I choose. These habits keep me at my best, accumulate, and make me better over time.
Notice the habits that you engage in and find the habits that work best for you.
”We first make our habits, then our habits make us. ― John Dryden
”We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ― Aristotle
”Sow a thought and you reap an act; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
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