Have you ever tried to create a new habit or break an old one but failed?
Chances are good it's because you've been thinking about it wrong.
Habits and self-improvements are best thought of as muscles. The more you partake in an activity, whether it is a physical one or a thought process, you become better and stronger at it, generally speaking. When you are building muscle, three major rules are apply WITHOUT EXCEPTION!
Take these three rules and apply them to your habits and goals and I guarantee the odds of success will lean heavily in your favor.
Let's look at a specific example. I recently have gotten rid of a very bad habit: browsing the internet. It is so easy to get distracted and go on a link-clicking journey with no end. This has been detrimental in my fight to become the strongest version of myself. And eliminating it has put me leaps and bounds closer to many of my life goals. Getting my "internet browsing muscle" to weaken was simply a matter of ceasing to exercise it. My "internet browsing muscle" had grown very strong due to consistent repetition over a long period of time.
Meanwhile, I look at my "willpower muscle" as the key to defeating bad habits, internet browsing included. My "willpower muscle" grows stronger the more I resist temptations. But if I only exercise my willpower for short periods of time and am inconsistent, it becomes weak.
Check back next week for more...
Ethan Small has been posting to Friendly Warrior since 2013 with his experiences and wisdom to inspire others to improve their quality of life.
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