Habits, for good or for bad, absolutely shape our daily lives. I think it was Stephen Covey who said that “our character is basically a composite of our habits.” They dictate our patterns, every moment of every day and eventually become our character. Habits leave an indelible impression on our personal and professional relationships, so we have just cause to assess our habits and see how they are affecting us.
I’m a firm believer that we are not what we do. That is to say, good people sometimes do bad things and bad people are often found doing good things. But the real power of habit is that it heavily influences how our lives will play out. The levity of our good habits serves to elevate us from one position to another while the weight of our bad habits is designed to slow our progress to a grinding halt.
It’s hard work sometimes breaking those bad habits and it takes a while to replace them with more productive habits. Ridding ourselves of bad habits requires the effort of swapping them out with good habits. I’ve heard it said that it’s a cinch by the inch and hard by the yard. The key is to just take it one step at a time. And for the sake of accountability, get any support you may need. It’s much easier to accomplish things when you know someone will hold you accountable for having done them (think 10th grade math).
It’s absolutely worth it to retrain ourselves.