Of the things we do each day, the majority are things we’ve done before–hundreds or thousands of times before.
Our subconscious is constantly processing things for us so we don’t have to think about how to brush our teeth or shower or the way to drive to work.
Or how to be impatient with people who frustrate us or how to sit on the couch and watch Netflix instead of exercising or how to waste money on frivolous purchases.
For the last year and a half, I’ve been thinking a lot about habits. I’ve written about developing new ones and recorded a podcast on habits, and I’ve encountered a number of books focusing on these tiny building blocks that dictate so much of what we do.
I’m convinced that habits are one of the most important things we can focus on if we want to live a life of purpose, because they are a powerful force that are constantly moving us further and further in a direction and becoming more deeply ingrained with each passing day.
Just think about the things you do each day.
How many of them are truly new things? You likely eat similar foods for breakfast, take a shower at a similar time, hang out with some of the same people, ask the same questions, do repetitive tasks at work. And we don’t seek out novel ways to do things when we already have a way. I’m not trying to find a unique route to commute to work–I’m going the way I always go because it’s the easiest.
The classic quote,
“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”
emphasizes our habit for habits.
Good or bad, the more we do something the easier it is to do it again.
So how do we start making changes? Continue reading