Don’t Let Discomfort Deter You From Successful Habits

Are your habits hurting you or helping you?

I heard a great quote the other day, credited to E.M. Gray, who said,

“The successful person has the habit of doing things failures don’t like to do. The successful person doesn’t necessarily like doing them either, but their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.”

Obviously, the word “successful” will mean different things to different people. But the principle remains: success is a result of habit. Aristotle said:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Substitute “excellence” with “success” or “discipline” or “hustle”. It works for all of them. And Zig Ziglar said,

“All bad habits start slowly and gradually and before you know you have the habit, the habit has you.”

Zig references bad habits here, but I think the same can be said for good habits.

The second important part of Gray’s quote is that successful people perform the habit regardless of how they feel about the actions/behaviors/tasks associated with that habit. This reminds me of my post the other day, called “I Don’t Feel Like It.” There are things we need to do whether we feel like it or not. The epiphany today is that we can choose whether those are actions that will determine and develop good habits, or bad habits.

What are some good habits you need and/or want to develop? What are some bad habits you need to replace? Let’s do some brainstorming today on each. Then, pick your top three of each and start working on them for the rest of the month. Let me know how it goes.

For your advantage,




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