Have you ever felt like you were stuck in a rut, unable to move forward? This feeling can make a person feel helpless and lost in their own life. As it turns out, we may be to blame due to our own habits.
We all have habits that we have developed throughout the years. Your life today is a summation of the choices you make on a daily basis. Whether you are happy or unhappy, your life is the result of a choice, or choices, you made somewhere in the timeline of your life. If something is not going well for you, you have the ability to change your habits.
What if I told you there were specific habits you can form to make yourself more successful? A book written by Stephen Covey called “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” has been popular amongst readers for over 25 years. In this book, Covey lists seven habits and associated behaviors that he claims can change your life. The seven habits are as follows:
Habit #1 - Be proactive. This habit is about forming the understanding that you and only you, are responsible for your actions. Proactive people do not blame others for their circumstances. Instead, they understand they choose their own behavior, and take responsibility for the outcome.
Habit #2 - Begin with the end in mind. This habit has a lot to do with focusing on things you can control. Are you the person you have always wanted to be at the present moment? What can you do to change that, if not? How do you become the best version of yourself?
Habit # 3 - Put First things First. Focus on the things that really matter to you and make them a priority. Do not waste your time on the things that mean less, that way you do not overextend yourself or burn yourself out.
Habit # 4 - Think Win-Win. Work effectively with other people to achieve the greatest results. Life is not a competition, and competitions typically only have one winner. Why not collaborate more so everyone wins? Create more win-win scenarios.
Habit # 5 - First seek to understand, then be understood. Work on listening more and then reactively communicate only after you have really understood the point of view of another person. We spend years learning how to speak, write, and read. How many years do we actively practice our listening skills?
Habit # 6 - Synergize. Learning how to solve a problem with another person who has a different point of view is a highly effective habit. Two heads are always better than one, and this concept is important when it comes to developing new ideas. You may come up with an innovative solution if you talk with someone else who may approach the problem differently.
Habit # 7 - Sharpen the saw. Seek continuous improvement on a personal and professional level. To enhance our wellbeing and increase our skill levels we need to consistently push ourselves to new heights. Make sure you are consistently working on your physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being.
Like most habits, it takes time, practice, and dedication to master a new behavior. Getting rid of old habits to make way for new ones can be trickier than it initially seems. Studies indicate that forming a new habit can take up to 3 weeks before that habit sticks. Ultimately, perseverance is key and rewarding yourself when you practice your new habit can be helpful. Creating a reward system for yourself can lead to more successfully formed habits. With new healthy habits formed, you may be able to steer the course of your life better. When you transform your habits, you can truly transform your life.