Habit defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as ‘a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance b : an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary <got up early from force of habit>’. Habits are things we learn to do through repetition and eventually do either unconsciously or with very little effort. First we form habits and then they form us. They end up defining us. We are what we repeatedly do and ingrained in our thinking and may shape our character.
- Identify the habit. This starts when you become consciously aware that a particular habit is providing negative results. Be courageous and say “No more!” Your finances could be dissaray because you have a habit of spending more than you earn, you’re running a business and your personal life is getting out of control because you’ve created some bad habits working late and neglecting your family or household. Once you recognise the negative effects and no longer want that in your life, you will be determined and motivated to change your habit and develop a habit to give you the positive results that you need.
- Stamina. Once you’ve decided to change your habit, it’s always very easy to go back into your ‘comfort zone’ and backslide into your bad habit. The initial stages of changing your mindset can be hard but you need to keep at it. Visualization of the end result will keep you motivated. But you need to keep at it until you know you won’t go back.
- Repetition. Some people never pay attention to what they are doing, so they almost never know where anything is when they need it. This type of disorganization causes a lot of frustration, stress, and loss of precious time. Once self-realisation and conviction of wanting to change sets in, that determination to get through the initial pain of change will put you on the right track. Practice makes perfect as they say.
Good habits begin with self awareness. If you’re determined, you should be able to make any change happen – for the better. Sometimes challenges will come your way. Maybe it’s a matter of staying on course, maybe keep notes or a diary, mark it in your calendar, or even hire a virtual assistant to help you where you want to be. Our virtual assistant services are not just administrative support, it’s also about the relationship we have with our clients and often their families. We value and respect our clients different needs. Our clients are professionals and they value our confidentiality. It’s a great way to help people and a great habit to create for our virtual assistant business. Go to Hong Kong Virtual Assistant for more information.
Article sources: Discipline by Joyce Meyer and LifeHack.org