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You Need to Know 4 Ways to Build a Ritual that is Habitual

You see or hear about it at so many levels.  The concept applies in sports, business, personal development and in numerous other circumstances in life.

One well known situation where the concept applied was in Thomas Edison’s efforts for inventing the light bulb.  He failed over 10,000 times before being successful.

Golfers hit thousands of balls just to establish what they call muscle memory.

Musicians practice for hours and hours to perfect their technique.

On the personal development side of things the concept applies just as readily.  You can find numerous references to the estimate it takes 10,000 hours of study and/or effort to become an expert in something.

What is the consistent thread through all the above examples?

It is people who are the most efficient and effective at whatever it is they do establish a consistent ritual of practicing good habits.

Your challenge—like all of us—is to make the most of your opportunities in life.

If you don’t strive to do that, life can become a malaise of mediocrity brought about by your inefficient and ineffective habits.

The good news is habits are learned—both good and bad.  Find those things you need to do consistently and practice them until they become automatic.  They become your “ritual that is habitual.”

They will drive you to do the right thing; in the right way; at the right time; so you can get the right result.

Here are some ideas on how to do that.

No habit was ever established without a strong understanding of why it was necessary.

Habits are hard enough to sustain over time.  Without you having a visceral commitment to your habits they will not become a part of your ritual.

Your very personal, gut-level understanding of why you want to practice a particular habit is the foundation defining and sustaining your habits.

You could say habits are born of your emotions.  So…define your desired habits from your gut not your head.

Analyze the habits you think will be necessary to get you where you want to go.  Adapt only those that touch you soul deep.

Broadcast the “why” for each of your habits by writing it out on a post-it note and sticking those notes in prominent places where you will see them frequently.

Read those “why” statements a minimum of twice per day:  First thing in the morning and the last thing at night.

With your “why” deep in your soul, you have a chance to practice the self-discipline necessary to sustain the habit.

Self-discipline can be a very misunderstood term.  The essence of the term, in my opinion, is your ability to pursue what you have defined as the right habits despite the temptations to abandon them.

Having your “why” clearly defined is the rock on which you can find and maintain your self-discipline.

So…when you find your commitment to your habits (self-discipline) waning grab on to your “why.”  Stay true to your habits!

 Study your “why” statements on the post-it notes I mentioned and recommit to exercising some self-discipline.

A funny thing happens on your way to building good habits.  You need a plan and within that plan you need a clear picture of the goals you must achieve. 

You can spend your life wishing you practiced good habits.  The irony is your wishing takes up as much of your time as does planning to maintain good habits.

Create a simple documented plan of action for each habit.

At the top of a document, identify the habit you will build.

Under that write your statement of “why” you want to establish the particular habit.

Under the “why” statement create a table with 3 columns headed, respectively:  The Goal; Goal Actions; Completion Date

Use your “why” driven self-discipline to take action in completing each plan.

You can’t take any of the above actions for establishing and maintaining good habits if you don’t have good health.

Follow the three actions I have outlined above for getting your physical and mental health in good condition.  If you don’t think you can do that here is a link to a great little “why” article that will help you.

The Ritual that Is Habitual

Define your “why

Be self-disciplined

Create a plan

Take care of your health

garylogonewbrownsmallWhat are you going to do to build a ritual that is habitual?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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