It’s been said that we are “creatures of habits” and there is a lot of truth in that expression.
Some psychologists believe that up to ninety-five percent of our behavior is formed through habit. John Dryden was an English poet from three hundred years ago who said, “We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”
Habits are part of being human and we form them good and bad, whether we like it or not we are slaves to our habits. Habits will either work for us or against us so why not be mindful of the habits you form and create positive habits.
We need to change our focus to the positive side of habits and put more energy into building good ones. Good habits really do make the difference in everything we do. We don’t succeed by doing something right one time; we succeed by doing things right on a regular basis.
Habits are the key to all success and like attitudes, habits can be changed. Trying to break a bad habit through sheer willpower rarely works. What has proven to be far more effective is replacing the habit – substituting it with a more positive behavior.
Benjamin Franklin would concentrate on a habit he wanted to have by writing it on a separate page. He would do the habit for a week at a time and if he failed to practice that habit he would record little black marks next to it. By the time he had eliminated the need to make the marks he had acquired the habit.
Through conscious effort, Ben Franklin acquired better habits and in doing so, he became a better person. The habits that matter the most are the ones that involve connecting with other people. Take control of your life by mindfully controlling your habits.