Taking a long-term view when it comes to success is critical. No success is achieved overnight – because success is a result of discipline, consistency, desire and good habits. With that in mind, building good habits can be a goal that you should strive for in order to succeed.
Discipline is how you get from Point A to Point B. Consistency and desire is what makes you stick to your goals no matter how difficult the situation might be. Good habits are the ones that make you stand out from everyone else. Combining these three elements, you have the perfect formula for success laid out.
As Aristotle would aptly put it: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Some people believe that talent and luck plays a big role in success. While I will not argue that, I believe that consistency in creating and building good habits that stick hold a heavier weight when it comes to success.
Building Good Habits Start From These Small Things
But how can we actually form good habits and make them stick for a long time? I wrote some ideas below from my own personal experience and I know they will help you build your own set of good habits to follow:
- Start Building Small Positive Habits First
You need to make building good habits stick in your lifestyle day-in and day-out so that it would eventually become a part of you. To do that, the best thing would be to start on small good habits before moving on to bigger ones. For example, repeating positive affirmations thing after you wake up in the morning is a good kind of a small habit that you can build on later.
- Treat Habits Like A Marathon, Not A Sprint
Habits shouldn’t be rushed because it takes time to build good ones that will stick with you for a long time. Instead of trying to build good habits fast, try to take things slow and let the habits stick with you. It is said that it should take around 1 to 3 months for a habit to truly stick and make a positive impact – don’t rush things.
- Congratulate and Reward Yourself
Rewarding yourself goes a long way when it comes to building good habits that stick for a long time. By rewarding and congratulating yourself, you are telling your subconscious that “building good habits is a good thing and must be rewarded properly.” With this kind of mindset, your subconscious will be much more open and welcoming to the task of building good habits, no matter how difficult or challenging this might be.
At the end of the day, good habits is what separates the talented individuals from the successful ones. A talented person might not succeed if he or she doesn’t have good habits to build on. However, a less-talented but more dedicated person might succeed if he or she starts building good habits right off the bat.
Good habits are the source of sustenance for your long-term success. Start building on them as early as possible and let them help you achieve your goals in life!