“Discipline is freedom” Jocko Willink
“You are not what you know, but what you do”
“Get used to getting up early” Robert Iger, Disney CEO
“Get used to spending time on your hobbies” Warren Buffet
“Get used to having time to think” Bill Gates
“Get ready to disconnect completely on Saturday, preparing the week to come on Sunday” Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter
Why did I want to start this article with some very important men’s quotes? in short, men who made it in life.
These men, have the conviction that changing the wrong habits by replacing them with new ones, to be followed with constancy and methodology every day of their lives, really makes the difference
In fact, these men give their advice on the habits that they consider useful in life, in general they are convinced that having the right habits to always respect is the key to success, the reason why in addition to talent and dedication some succeed where others fail
And if they say I believe it, they are among the most influential and wealthy people in the world, so their words and advice are reliable and always worth considering. Count that I have mentioned only six people, but I could go up to a hundred and more successful people who have good habits and who are sure that they are the basis of success
Habits are the most important thing we have.
What habits do we need to improve our life?
In our case, fortunately it does not serve as the quotes above, the habit of getting up very early in the morning or finding time to reflect every day, but simply – except on occasions that must be very rare – to plan and respect the moments and the times of the day to devote to certain things.
For example, a person who works in the office and leaves the house in the morning after having breakfast and returns in the evening after work and the gym, in this case could force himself to brush his teeth after breakfast before leaving home, perhaps using a mouthwash, while after dinner in the evening when he returns, brush for the second time and use the thread
Or if a person goes out very early in the morning and has breakfast outside but returns home for the lunch break, they could use a mouthwash before going out in the morning and brush their teeth after lunch and always after dinner, using the wire in one of the two moments who prefers and in which he gets used, even better in both.
Good habits are not always taken for granted
Many of you will say that they already have these habits and that they have been following them for years
Very well, surely you will have – since you follow them – few problems with your mouth and this article is for you to say, good! continue in this way
But for others who for various reasons instead do not have this habit, this article serves to motivate them to establish it because it is of high importance and will give you future benefits in life, like all the correct habits and protracted over time with constancy and correct method, see initial quotes from successful men for confirmation.
Here, the beauty comes in these cases, because not only do we have to continue the habit constantly but we must establish it, modify old wrong behaviors by introducing new right habits that are fundamental for the success we want to achieve
Obviously, before forming the new habit, you need to know the right techniques.
4 tips to create a new habit
I often want to establish a new habit in me that I consider correct:
– Get up early in the morning
I am someone who loves to watch movies or TV series, the only moment I have is in the evening, so when I came home after dinner, around eleven o’clock in the evening I would put myself on the sofa and to a minimum one o’clock I stayed awake to look at them
But it goes without saying that it is not the right way to do it, first because in the morning if you have to get up early you are not always in splendid shape-still since I am young but I am already starting to feel the first difficulties-and in addition our brain has need the right rest time, today it seems to me we are no longer eight but seven hours
So, you have to tell yourself to do these mental reasonings like this:
1. First mental reasoning: Think of the benefits it would bring and not the inconvenience at the moment
2. Second mental reasoning: Help me gradually to change, in fact I started to bring the TV in the room this facilitated sleep
3. Third mental reasoning: Give me an award initially, whenever I was able to go to bed or fall asleep before midnight and a half, the following day I would indulge in a nice breakfast at the bar, which I love and I find very satisfying
4. Fourth mental reasoning: Very classic but always really valid, tenacity, when I could not try to try and go against my cravings, so much is known in life whether you want to diet, excel in a sport, graduate and so away, one must strive with ringworm to make one’s own and implement a certain habit or methodology of behavior
How can we transfer these 4 points in finding the habit of brushing our teeth every holy day, especially in the evening when we return very tired
1. First: Think not just about the trouble of brushing your teeth but about the fact that this is the only way to keep our teeth in the mouth for a long time and our oral health, so it’s worth making a little effort of a few minutes every day
2. Second: Help yourself with something pleasant, maybe in the evening when we use a toothbrush and wire we put a video that we like on the phone and that can help us to pass the time better, for example I always pass the wire on the sofa in front of the TV
3. Third: Give yourself a reward the first few times you do it, something you like and relax but don’t always give yourself
4. Fourth: As said, successes and habits are not obtained correctly and maintained consistently without a bit of effort and willpower, that must always be there, put in yours, always
Habits can be an obstacle to our personal growth. If we carefully studied people’s typical days, we would discover without the slightest doubt that most of us tend to live days or weeks that are mostly the exact copy of each other.
Every day more or less the same things are done, more or less at the same times, more or less with the same people, more or less in the same places … The world we live in leads us to carry out a part of our days absolutely repetitive and routine. It is normal and, in some ways, inevitable.
Often, however, we tend to fall into small habits that are avoidable and that contribute day by day to greatly decrease our elasticity and mental flexibility. Without realizing it, we constantly apply the same patterns by developing, albeit involuntarily, this type of forma mentis.
“The Habit Routine”
To take a trivial example, have you ever signed up for a gym? If the answer is yes, the first time you entered the locker room, you certainly chose a locker to use to store your things at random. In all probability, the next time, among the many lockers available, you occupied that again; and you did the same until in a short time, in your mind, it became your locker.
And, from then on, whenever you happened to come to the gym and find out that someone “stole” you by putting his stuff in, it probably caused you a bit of annoyance, forcing you to fall back on yours “spare” locker that you had certainly created over time.
Perhaps, you happened to enter the restaurant you usually frequent and ask for “your table” or to go to a series of conferences or lessons and always and regularly sit in the same place, despite the dozens of free chairs …
If it is true that many of us are “forced” to enter the office every morning at the same time, we are certainly not forced by someone to automatically replicate the same pattern in situations such as those just described, yet we do it anyway. Why?
The answer is very simple: because our habits give us security and this is one of our most important needs to satisfy.
The more we seek security outside of ourselves, in the things that surround us, the more dependent we will be on the outside to feel confident.
The only real good habit we should develop is to get used to not getting used to it.
Many small changes do not cost much effort, but contribute over time to develop a more elastic and flexible mentality and, above all, free us from the small psychological addictions that we create around us.