|The One Word Responsible for My — and Your — Success
By Bedros Keuilian
Humans are funny. We do things in a ritualistic fashion. Think about your morning routine, your weekend routine, or your evening routine.
It’s likely you do the same stuff in the same order, right?
Those are habits.
And our habits are there to keep us safe and to make life predictable.
But often times our habits form by taking the path of least resistance.
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But today, we fall into habits that are easy BUT bad for us.
So if we don’t pay close attention to the habits and rituals we choose, we end up sick, fat, tired, depressed, and unfulfilled.
How to Set Good Habits…
Several years ago I started getting really bad anxiety attacks and essential tremors. After trying to deal with them myself I went and saw a doctor. The Xanax that was prescribed to me made me numb and drowsy. I lost all creativity and desire to work.
I got off the pills and tried to figure out what was causing me to have these panic attacks and essential tremors (where my nervous system would simply shut down on me forcing me to go into uncontrollable shakes).
I looked at my habits. I realized I had cut my exercise time in half in order to accommodate my business and work more. That was a big mistake.
I had allowed clients and customers to cross personal boundaries by making myself available to EVERYONE morning, noon, nights and weekends via text, email, or phone.
I had taken on businesses and business partners whose values and work ethic did not align with mine.
Turns out I had slowly given into bad habits, one by one that were causing me to fall apart, get fat, and slide into depression and anxiety.
My attempt at giving my clients, customers and business partners better service and more of me had caused me to abandon the healthy habits and rituals that made me the super power that I was.
I found myself less capable, less effective, and unable to cope.
After seeing how one small habit led to another small (and equally bad) habit I made the decision to one by one reverse each bad habit for the sake of my sanity, health, family and business.
Just one habit at a time.
That’s all it takes.
Replace one bad habit with one good habit.
I want to challenge you to better your habits and replace the bad ones with good ones, too.
Maybe it’s cutting out sugars and sweets.
Maybe it’s going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning without hitting snooze.
Maybe it’s adding exercise to your morning routine.
Maybe it’s getting back into the habit of being grateful.
Maybe it’s reading a book every month.
Whatever good habits you’ve drifted away from, get back to them one good habit at a time.
And when you’re ready for another good habit, then introduce it back into your life.
One by one invite the good habits back into your life and discard the bad ones that are causing you stress, fear, doubt, overwhelm, keeping you tired, out of shape or sick.
Just one habit at a time.
Craig here again…
Bedros is right.
We must develop new, stronger habits that will allow us to reach our goals. Start by…
1) Setting deadlines for your new positive habits.
2) Making small changes every day.
3) Preparing for those days when we feel like doing the opposite of what we should be doing.
You can do it. You can break free from your comfort zone. If you believe in yourself as much as I believe in you, you will succeed beyond your wildest dreams. It may not be easy, but you can and will do it. I’ll be right here with you every step of the way.