I heard one of the funniest stories about habits at a workshop I attended. It seems there was a married couple and the wife had a habit of cutting the ends off the ham when she baked it. After many years of watching his wife do this, the husband finally asked her why. She didn’t have a good reason except that it was the way her mother had done it.
So, the next time they were at his mother-in-law’s house, he asked her why she cut the ends off the ham when she baked it. She told him it was because the baking dish she used was too small for the ham so she just lopped off the ends to make it fit.
Out of habit, the daughter had copied her mother’s way of doing things for decades even though there was no reason to. A funny story, but it illustrates a point about human behavior. We are creatures of habit. The habits or behaviors we form early in life tend to stick with us.
What habits did you learn at an early age are still with you? Do they serve you well or are they a hindrance to what you’re trying to achieve?
Here’s another funny story. For the last year I’ve been underemployed. I thought the good thing about my situation would be that I would have more time to blog, but it hasn’t worked out that way. At home I’m distracted and unproductive. So, I fell back into an old habit. I started going to the library, and guess what? I get more done in one day there than I do ‘working from home’ all week. Go figure–just shows that habits can help us or hinder us.
I’m still examining my habits and why I do things or don’t do things, but the biggest help to me has been Noah St. John’s program – Power Habits. Many people have had success with this program, but let me tell you why I think it works for me personally.
The very first module of the course focuses on the subconscious. This is an area that I’m very keen on. If you haven’t noticed, the tag line of this site is Habits of Mind for an Improved State of Being so the course fits in with the concepts I’m trying to get across. You’ll learn how to ‘easily reprogram your subconscious from negative to positive simply by asking the right questions’. The course is worthwhile just for this one bit of information alone in my opinion.
If you haven’t heard of Noah St. John, he’s known for the concept of afformations which is basically asking yourself the right questions rather than trying to affirm something that isn’t visible. This is another reason I find his program so helpful. I suck at visualization so telling myself that I’m wealthy doesn’t work well for me. I think Robin Cockrell of Pajama Affiliates gives one of the best explanations of it—
If you’re struggling with habits–procrastinating, overeating, smoking, or any other habit you’d like to break, you need to take a serious look at this program. Likewise, if you want develop habits to put in place for future success, give the program serious consideration.
PS: Achieving success is forming habits of mind that allow you to become the person you want to be by making daily choices that impact your immediate and distant future. Whether or not you purchase the program, work towards your goals by taking small steps every day.