Wait a minute?! How to Create a Habit? Really? We are trying to break habits everyday and you want to share how to create a habit? That sounds like a bad thing.
Habits are learned and can be unlearned everyday. If you have a negative relationship with habits, think of this as how to create a habit of a positive. No focusing on negative, we are trying to increase our personal development and business, right? When you think of a habit, we tend to think of that in a negative light, but let’s shine some light on positive habits and how to create a habit that is better for yourself.
How to Create a Habit
Steven Covey defines a habit as the intersection of knowledge, skill, and desire.
- Knowledge is what to do and why.
- Skill is how to do it.
- Desire is the motivation that makes you want to do it.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
This is the essence of personal development and success. We have to know how to create a habit of success. That is my desire. To create positive habits to create my routine that will lead me to success. Top leaders have a routine!
Looking at the image, what is lacking for you to create a habit?
I’ll use myself as an example:
I say to myself – “I want to blog more often”. I want this to be something that I do regularly so that I can provide content to everyone and share things that I’m learning. So, why is this not a ‘habit’ for me yet? I said I want to, I know how to do it, and know why and what to do to write a blog. If I’m honest with myself, the knowledge and the skill does not go away, which brings it back to desire. Apparently I do not want to do it as much as I ‘think’ I do. It seems to be the common missing piece for many. As you are learning how to create a habit, this piece will be difficult as well because you are going to have to really want it!
I want you to think about that image above again, and be honest with yourself. This is the introduction post for digging deeper into how to create a habit, and what habits those should be for success. Totally inspired by Steven Covey and his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which is what my personal development focus is on right now.
- How to Be Proactive
- How to Begin with the End
- How to Put First Things First
- How to Think to Win
- How to Communicate
- How to Create Synergy
- How to Practice Self-Renewal