If you want to get ahead in life then you only need 2 habits to do it.
If you truly want to chase your goals and focus on what you want, it’s critical that you develop positive habits.
Everybody has habits.
Whether they’re going out every Friday night and partying or writing a blog post every day. You have them and so does everyone else.
Some people choose to develop positive habits and some choose to develop ones that ensure they never go anywhere.
I’ve found that regardless of which one you have both can be broken but the amount of time it takes depends on whether it’s positive or negative.
If it’s a positive habit – It will take about 60 days to develop and literally one missed day to lose it.
If it’s a negative habit it’s reversed – It can take just once to develop and a huge amount of time and effort to kill it.
From developing the two most important habits my blog has doubled in views and my business, OAKTRAV, has been steadily increasing in user sign ups.
These habits are as much characteristics but all in all, they can be learnt over time and put into practice.
If you focus on developing just one habit, this should be it.
Success Planning is the key to getting anywhere. It’s identifying what you need to do in order to get ahead and planning everything around this. Not the other way around.
I’m a firm believer that no matter what a person’s goal is, it will be reached if you stick to it for long enough. The reason people don’t reach their goals is because they give up too early.
Think about it. Thomas Edison didn’t invent the light bulb until he tried and failed 1,000 times. Imagine if he gave up on the 999th time.
No matter what it is, no matter how crazy the idea, you will get there if you successfully plan and stay consistent for long enough.
So how do you develop the habit of success planning? It’s actually really simple.
It’s about planning your day around a certain task, not the other way around. Don’t plan the task you need to do around your day.
For example, if you want to write a blog post every day. Then everything you do should be planned around writing one blog post every day. In other words, you don’t do anything else until it’s done.
If you have a best friend’s party, you either get it done during the day or you miss the party to do the writing. It might be harsh but you won’t get anywhere in life partying. You set a goal, don’t let yourself down.
If you start planning your tasks around your day, I promise you will never develop the habit of consistency.
The other thing you must do when developing this habit is remove all the negative consistency.
This one is a bit harder as it will take a long time to master but you can get started by doing a ‘Habit Audit’
This is something I did at the start of the year and it’s made all the difference.
Sit down. Grab a pen and paper and start writing down all the negative habits you have in your life right now.
These could be any of the following:
- Partying all weekend
- Spending money on coffee everyday
- Excessive TV watching
Once you’ve identified these, it’s time to wipe them out.
When doing this it’s important that you do them one-by-one. If you try and tackle them all at once you’ll get overwhelmed and fail.
Pick one, cut it out and move on to the next.
This should be done in conjunction with building positive habits.
For example, at the start of the year I cut out drinking completely. I’ll make a point now, don’t half ass something. Don’t cut back, do yourself a favour and cut the habit out completely.
So, I cut out alcohol. I went completely cold turkey and replaced that time that would normally be spent drinking with friends with writing a blog post.
Killing two birds with one stone. Removing a negative and replacing it with a positive.
Another good one is watching TV. A really easy one to fix, just replace it with reading.
This goes hand in hand with consistency. Staying patient while being consistent is an unbeatable force.
Patience is what allows someone to do something for a long period of time without becoming disheartened that it’s not working straight away.
Like I said, I believe anyone can do anything if they stay at it long enough. The issue is that people give up too early to ever see their goals come true.
So how do you stay patient?
By realising that nothing worth doing happens overnight. If it were easy to achieve big goals, everyone would do it but it’s not.
Things take time and you have to be ready to work towards your goals for a really long time and by long I mean 5, 10, even 15 years without seeing any success.
You also have to love the process, which means you need to be working towards exactly what you want. Not what someone else wants from you.
It’s going to be a long journey, so make sure you love it.
Don’t wait for tomorrow to start. Do it today but doing a ‘Habit Audit’ and pick the one negative habit you’re going to work towards wiping out right now.
Let me know which on your pick, I’d love to hear!
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