“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Will Durant
Although you may have heard that habits take 30 days to form, its actually more like anywhere between 18 and 254 days with an average of 66 days. This means it takes on average two months to form a habit, not one. While this may seem like more work, the results are still worth the effort.
Being able to consistently do constructive actions automatically, puts you on a road to success. Equally, repeatedly negative actions puts you on a road to failure. This is best put into words by the late Jim Rohn, who masterfully defined success and failure:
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”
“Failure is a few errors in judgement, repeated every day.”
From these two quotes alone, it’s clear to see the importance of good habit making. If you read 10 pages of an insightful book everyday for the rest of your life, think of the all the things you could learn. If you practiced a language for 15 minutes everyday, you could become fluent. If you ate a chocolate bar everyday, you could become obese. If you bought a coffee everyday for 20 years, it could cost you $51,833.79… Hopefully these examples help you to realise the power of habits.
What are my habits? Well everyday I: write a blog post on this site outlining a new thought, idea or sharing a lesson/piece of knowledge learnt, aim for 15 minutes of Spanish language practice/learning, read 10+ pages of a good inspirational/motivational/educational book and look to do an hour of personal development related to my career prospects. Moreover, I run three times a week and try to go to the gym/swim/long walk at least twice a week. These simple little things, done daily, will lead me to a more successful, enriched and healthier future.
To summarise, your habits are important and play a large role in directing your future. Try to form small good habits that will amount and compound over time, while at the same time try to break your bad habits that are leading you to failure.