Today’s letter for the AtoZ Blogging Challenge is ‘H’ for my theme ‘A to Z of Effectiveness’. You can read more about my theme here. I’m also participating in the NaBloPoMo for April.
With a theme based on a book titled, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, it would be sacrilege not to have a post based on habits!! And to rephrase the quote shown above, ‘Effective people are simply those with effective habits’. Ta da!!
As I mentioned at the start of this challenge, I’m not a big fan of self help books. The only ones that have had some impact on me are ‘Eat That Frog’ by Brian Tracy and ‘Getting Things Done’ by David Allen. Both books stress on implementing the teachings in our daily habits. A consistent effort, however small, will definitely yield results in the long run.
Stephen Covey defines a habit as an intersection of knowledge, skill and desire, something that is better understood via this image:
Essentially, if you want to introduce a new habit in your life and you’d like it to last, you need to have valid answers to the following questions:
What habit do I want to introduce in my life?
Why do I need this habit?
How can I go about starting this new habit?
Do I really want to do this?
I think this is a great idea, especially for those times that we feel we are faltering. This sort of takes us back to the drawing board, and reminds us of our true purpose or goals. And as always, the new habit has to be in sync with our character; otherwise you cannot expect to succeed!
Is there any habit that you’d like to include in your life? Will you ask yourself these questions first?