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Habits – change them “if required” November 15th, 2011

Vinod Kumar

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn

We hear the common phrase that Habits die hard – I partly agree. I am of the school of thought that Habit needs to change if it is for the better. Actually feel this subject should have been – Know to change habits if required :). So changing your habit is only going to make you more efficient, powerful and help you with a better lifestyle. I have been trying to change certain habits and these have been conscious decisions keeping in mind what happened in the past.

Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.

Do it one at a time

I think this something similar to the multi-tasking conversation we had on this blog. This can be the most common mistake we make – trying to experiment too much at the same time. Our enthusiasm and inner zeal to get more output at one go is great, but in reality it doesn’t fly far. So finally the stress of keeping up with so many changes at the same time with the different pressures to be successful we tend to give up soon.

Yes, concentrating on changing one habit is quite mundane and may not sound exciting. My suggestion would be do it, make it a habit so that it transforms from an conscious activity to something you do subconsciously as habit.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao-tzu

Find your way to make it happen

A common practice I hear is if you can do it for 21 days at a stretch then it will become a habit. Now that rule of thumb gets messy because that rule takes longer time for me personally to become a regular habit.

Especially when it comes to doing exercise or loosing weight or hitting the gym – all these tasks have failed miserably under this shorter duration. It has to be 60 or more days in my opinion to have some considerable visible impact on you.

Secondly, find a routine that suits you and fits your bill to execute relatively successful. So experiment on few options for couple of days and find your routine before making it a long-term habit.

Get out of comfort zone and look for smaller improvements

This is the game of the mind – it is going to push you harder to get out of that routine change from time to time. Snap out – don’t try to be a perfectionist (you will eventually get there) but look for that improvements that you can make yourself more efficient in what you do.

Any change in habits means you are going to give up some good habits that were attached with it. But now you are going to miss them dearly – never to forget you are going to get something else (the sense of unknown) that can change the way you live for a lifetime. So don’t miss the opportunity to explore, exploit and excel in the unknown.

Final words

Be specific and SMART in your execution, this will yield you better and measurable results. “I will do exercise hereafter” is not acceptable as you cannot measure. “I will do 30 mins of walking for 3 days in a week” – now we are talking business.

Now being the change that you wanted in your life and do tell me your experiences.

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6 Responses to “Habits – change them “if required””

  1. Abhishek Bhat says:

    Nice blog.

  2. Prathyusha says:

    Hi Vinod…..
    you blog is my first choice, when ever I get mood to read some thing inspirational in work.
    This is best blog post I ever read…

    Thanks

  3. “Do it one at a time”, the new 60 days rule, moving out of comfort zones..aah..you’ve nailed the practical problems :) Really loved reading the post. Could co-relate few good habits and pick up a few to change. That’s really motivating as always:)

  4. Pinal Dave says:

    Wow – motivating so much. I am fortunate to see you and meet in person.

    I got another idea… why not we…

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