Good Monday morning. Welcome to week three of the year. I wanted to have a week about habits and how they make our success. No matter what part of your life you are trying to make better, it’s the habits you have that will make or break your success.
A few years ago I read Brian Tracy’s book called Million Dollar Habits. The book was great because it taught me how to build the habits I needed to succeed. So I want to dedicate one week to the idea of habits and how they make our success.
Today let’s talk about the time factor and how you use it to build a habit into our life. I have three areas today to think about as you dedicate the time to change your habits.
1. Give yourself four weeks to make something a habit. There are so many things that say it takes 21 days to form a habit. Well to make your new habit stick, you need a little bit more time than that. To make something a lasting habit, you need to set up the next four weeks, 28 days. Or even make it one 30-day month and after that time you will see how it the habit is making your success.
2. Take it to your daily life. Yes, a habit is something you do on a repetitive basis. Whether good or bad, it is repetitive. Commit yourself to change daily. That will take you to one final step to break into the new habit.
3. Inch by inch, anything is a cinch. I heard that a million times as a child. To get yourself through the 28 days to form a lasting habit, you have to take it on a daily basis, starting with just one day. You have to take small steps to make anything happen. It starts with the first time. Stop putting off to tomorrow what you want to change.
We are only three weeks into 2012 and it’s the perfect time to change your habits to bring success. If you start with one new habit using this idea, by the end of this year you will have success in life in 12 new areas. So start now.