“I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward and upward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Ninety percent of things you do might just as well be turned over to me, and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed, show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons I will do them automatically. I am the servant of all great people and, alas! of all failures as well. I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine, plus intelligence of a man. You can 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 place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you. Who am I? I am habit.” – Author Unknown
Meriam-Webster dictionary defines habit as a usual way of behaving or something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way.
A lot of successful people reiterate the importance of forming good habits to achieve success and I could not agree more. The things that you do daily, define who you will be in the future. Let us say for instance that you make it a habit to wake up early in the morning and run several miles around the city, tendency is you will be enjoying the benefits of having a fit physique. That is a good example of a good habit. In contrast, if it is your habit to sip a glass of wine every other hour then the outcome of that habit could possibly be alcoholism.
Now we understand that our habits can make us or break us. Of course I will not waste your time reading about forming bad habits, instead, let me share to you 4 points that you can do to form good habits, I will call it the ProPER way to form a good habit.
In theater, we call someone who gives an actor the trigger or cue as the prompter. The same principle applies in forming good habits. We must first think about that particular habit that we want to acquire and prompt ourselves to start doing it. For example, if we want to form a good habit of waking up early every morning, our prompt could be an alarm. So the first thing that we need to do is to remind ourselves to set an alarm in the evening so that we can wake up early the next day.
After setting a prompt, we should make sure to do the very thing that we prompted ourselves to do. This is the perform part. So if we base it in the above example, if we set an alarm for us to wake up early in the morning then we should perform by immediately getting out of bed.
After successfully performing what you prompted yourself to do then it is time for you to enjoy its benefits which leads to having a sense of fulfillment.
Repeat this over again until it becomes a habit. Time will come when you will no longer have to prompt yourself to perform because it has already become part of your system.
Apply the above principle every time you want to start a good habit and see how your life will change.
Challenge yourself now and follow the ProPER way to form good habits!