It’s that time of year again–time to reflect on the accomplishments and misses of last year and set sights on new achievements this year.
For the past couple of months, I’ve had habits at the top of my mind. It occurred to me that many of the goals we set for ourselves won’t be realized if we don’t also have some habit modification. In other words, without changing our habits, we are destined to keep setting the same goals over and over. Part of what got me thinking along these lines was an excerpt from Sean Covey’s book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. It’s called “The Habit Poem”, I think, and it says this:
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me,
and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done, and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great men.
And, alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine.
Plus, the intelligence of a man.
You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin; it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will put the world at your feet.
Be easy with me, and I will destroy you.
Who am I?
I am a HABIT!
Whether it’s losing weight or exercising more; eating less or better; saving more and spending less; checking our email less and focusing on productive work for longer stretches of time; all of these things require a change in our habits.
And so, as you embark on your resolutions and goals for this year, I challenge you to dig a little deeper and identify the habit(s) you need to change or drop in order to help you be more successful in realizing those goals.
For your advantage,
What are some habits you need to add, drop, or change, to help you reach your goals this year?