I want share with you a great article by my one of my mentors; Jack Canfield. He is so generous to let us share this article freely, and I will, because the changes I have made in my life due to the knowledge and wisdom of Jack´s teachings, inspires me to pay it forward in so many ways. Here it is, enjoy:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
You’ve probably seen this quote from Gandhi before… I love it because it’s so simple and yet so profoundly true.
The fact is, you are an accumulation of your habits. From how you get out of bed, how you shower, how you dress, how you walk, sit, and talk, how you respond to the world, how you act in front of others, and how you think – your habits determine how you move through world.
And this isn’t a bad thing.
Habits are necessary. They free up your mind so you can concentrate on how to survive day to day. You don’t have to think about how to drive your car so you can be on the lookout for danger while you are driving. You don’t have to think about how to walk so you can concentrate on where you’re going.
However, habits can also keep you locked in self-destructive patterns that will limit your success.
Whatever habits you have established up to this point are producing your current level of results. More than likely, if you want to create higher levels of success, you are going to need to drop some of your habits.
If you’re always late and frequently forget to return phone calls or emails in a timely fashion, you inconvenience others and run the risk of lowering their opinion of you and missing out on valuable opportunities.
If you spend every Friday night out drinking with your friends, or sharing a bottle of wine with your partner at home, that’s going to affect how you feel on Saturday morning – and how much you’re going to be able to accomplish that day.
If you’re always buying things you don’t really need on credit and avoiding getting your finances in order, then you’re never going to be able to pull yourself out of debt and create the abundant life you desire.
So if there’s something you want to accomplish in life that requires you to start performing at a higher level, I strongly encourage you to drop these bad habits that aren’t serving you – and develop new ones that are more in alignment with the life you want to live.
What habits are keeping you from achieving your goals?
I encourage you to be really honest with yourself here…
Imagine what your life would be like if all your habits were their productive counterparts!
Would your life be different? I bet it would!
There are two steps for changing your habits:
The first step is to make a list of all the habits that keep you unproductive or or might negatively impact your future. Ask others to help you. Also, review the list of some of the most common unsuccessful habits in Chapter 34 of The Success Principles.
The second step is to choose better, more productive success habits and develop a system that will help support them.
Here are a few of hits for making sure you follow through on your commitments on your new habits:
One habit I recommend you look at right now:
If you want to accomplish big things this year but you feel like you never have enough time, energy, or motivation to get stuff done, I encourage you to take a good hard look at your drinking habits.
The fact is, you don’t have to be a big drinker to feel the negative consequences of alcohol in your life.
If you have a drink or two after work every night, or go clubbing to the wee hours every weekend, or drink half a bottle once or twice a week, these habits are limiting your success.
It will walk you through a simple day-by-day plan that will help you dramatically scale back your drinking – or quit altogether – in 30 days, easily and painlessly.
I guarantee that once you’re finished, you will have more energy, sharper mental focus, greater motivation, and a newfound appreciation of what you’re truly capable of achieving.
Remember, your habits can catapult you forward – or hold you back
People don’t suddenly start living their perfect life overnight… their habits play a large part in making it possible for them to create the lives they truly want to live.
You can choose to develop habits that point you in the direction of creating your ideal life – or habits that keep you anchored to your current situation.
Make the decision. Make the commitment. Then watch your new life unfold.
Article by: Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul® and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you’re ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com