Habits make or break us to a far greater extent than we like to admit. Habit is both a powerful enemy and wonderful ally of concentration. You must learn to overcome disempowering habits and to cultivate habits that are empowering and assist you in reaching your personal goals.
The majorities of people are controlled by their habits and are buffeted around by them like waves of the ocean tossing a piece of wood. They do things in a certain way because of the power of habit. They seldom ever think of concentrating on why they do them this or that way, or study to see if they could do them in a better way.
The object in this post is to get you to use your mental strength and concentrate on your habits so you can find out which are supportive and which ones do not support you in achieve personal success.
You will find that by making a few needed changes in you awareness you can even make some of the unsupportive habits work for you and make the supportive habits supercharged!
The first thing I want you to realize is that all habits are controlled consciously or unconsciously by the will. Most of us are forming new habits all the time. Very often, if you repeat something several times in the same way, you will have formed the habit of doing it that way.
But the more often you repeat the habit, the stronger it grows and the more deeply it becomes embedded in your nature. After a habit has been in force for a long time, it becomes almost a part of you and becomes unconscious and therefore challenging to overcome.
You can break any habit by being aware of it and the use of the mental strength skill of concentration.
All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits–practical, emotional, and intellectual—systematically organized, for our weal or woe, and bearing us irresistibly toward our destiny whatever the latter may be.
We are creatures of habits, “imitators and copiers of our past selves.” We are liable to be “bent” or “curved” as we can bend a piece of paper, and each fold leaves a crease, which makes it easier to make the fold there the next time.
The intellect and will are invisible functions; still they are immersed in matter, and to every movement of theirs, corresponds a movement in the mind, that is, in their material correlative. This is why habits of thought and habits of willing can be controlled. All physical manifestations are the result of the actions of the will and intellect. Our physical health and nervous systems are what they are today, because of the way they have “thought” them.
As we grow older most of us become more and more like automatic machines. The habits we have formed increase in strength. We work in our old characteristic way. Your friends and family learn to expect you to do things in a certain way.
So you see your habits make a significant difference in your life, and as it is just about as easy to form supportive habits as it is to form unsupportive ones. In order to reach your personal goals and achieve personal success the formation of supportive habits is essential,.
No one but yourself is responsible for your habits. You are free to form any habits you want. When you realize the importance of forming the right kind of habits what a different your world would be. How much happier you would be and on your way to achieving personal success.
Habits are formed more quickly when we are young and we can change, create and destroy any habit at any age with the use of awareness, mental strength and concentration.
Hear a several maxims worth remembering and follow:
We must make our thoughts ally instead of our enemy.
In creating a new and supportive habit, replacing an old unsupportive habit, one we must use our mental strength and be 10000% committed to the creation of the new habit.
It is critical that you concentrate assiduously on the habits that reinforce the thoughts feelings and action that support your desired goals. Surround yourself with every aid and tool you can. Make a new beginning today.
Study why you have been doing, what you have been doing. If what you have been doing isn’t working, stop it! Don’t fool yourself and think that if you do more of it, it will work. If it hasn’t worked yet, move on.
When you make a commitment to start a new habit, keep it. When you don’t you strengthen the chain of bad habits. Every time you keep your commitment you break the chain that enslaves you.
Don’t set your exception for a specific outcome until the new habit is securely rooted in your life. Here is the idea; you need to focus on the new behavior first, until it as become new habit. Once it has become a habit then set your expectations.
While creating a new habit there are two opposing forces, one is the creation of the habit and the other is resistance. By using your mental strength and concentration you use the creative force effectively.
Seize every single opportunity to act on new commitment you make and every habit you are creating. When you get an inspired thought about it, act on it. This will reinforce the habit and quicken its “installation.”
To make a commitment and not to keep does little in achieving our personal success. So by all means keep every commitment you make, for you not only gain in mental strength by keeping it, but it creates neuropathy in the brain cells to form the habit of adjusting themselves to carry out the commitment and future commitments
The tendency to act becomes effectively engrained in our unconscious mind and this helps develop our mental strength. It essential creates an uninterrupted frequency with which the actions actually occur, and the brain `grows’ to their use. When a commitment or inspired feeling is not acted on, it is worse than going after a goal and not reaching it.
If you keep your commitments you form the most valuable mental strength habit. If you break them you form a most dangerous one. So concentrate on keeping them, whether important or unimportant, and remember it is just as important for this purpose to keep the unimportant, for by so doing you are forming the habit.
Keep the power of action alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day.
The more we exercise the will, the better we can control our habits. Every few days do something for no other reason than its difficulty, so that when the time comes you will have the mental strength to do what matters.
Simplicity of this kind is like paying for insurance. Paying it does little good when it is paid, but when something happens, it creates a sense of security and assurance.
So with the person who has daily insured themselves with the mental strength habits of concentrated attention, energetic violation, and self-denial in unnecessary things, “they will stand like a tower when everything rocks around him and his softer fellow-mortals are winnowed like chaff in the blast.”
Our youth should also be encouraged to concentrate on their habits and be made to realize that if they don’t they become walking bundles of injurious habits. When a young person understands this, they will have to power to create a meaningful and powerful life.
The importance of habit cannot be overestimated. Habit is the deepest law of human nature. No person is stronger than their habits, because their habits either build up their strength or decrease it.
Why We Are Creatures of Habits
Habits have often been called a labor-saying invention, because when they are formed they require less mental effort. The more deeply the habit becomes ingrained the more automatic it becomes. Therefore habit is an economizing tendency of our nature, for if it were not for habit we would have to be more aware and watchful.
We walk across a crowded street; the habit of stopping and looking prevents us from being hurt. The right kind of habits keeps us from making mistakes and mishaps.
It is a well-known fact that a bodyguard is not able to master his craft until he has trained his body in an habitual way. When an emergency comes he instantly knows what to do. Where safety depends on quickness the operator must work automatically. Proper habits mean less risk, less fatigue, and greater accuracy.
You don’t want to turn a habit into a superstition. For instance, Wagner required a certain costume before he could compose corresponding parts of his operas. Schiller could never write with ease unless there were rotten apples in the drawer of his desk from which he could now and then obtain an odor which seemed to him sweet. Gladstone had different desks for his different activities, so that when he worked on Homer he never sat among habitual accompaniments of his legislative labors.
In order to overcome unsupportive habits, two things are necessary. You must have trained your mental strength and will to do what you want it to do, and the stronger the will the easier it will be to break a habit.
Then you must make a commitment to create a supportive habit to replace the old habit. That is, one habit must replace another. If you have a strong will, you can tenaciously and persistently concentrate on removing the ‘bad’ habit and in a very short time the ‘good’ habit will gain the upper hand.
“If you want to abolish a habit, and its accumulated circumstances as well, you must grapple with the matter as earnestly as you would with a physical enemy. You must go into the encounter with all tenacity of determination, with all fierceness of resolve–yea, even with a passion for success that may be called vindictive. No human enemy can be as insidious, so persevering, as unrelenting as an unfavorable habit. It never sleeps, it needs no rest.
“It is like a parasite that grows with the growth of the supporting body, and, like a parasite, it can best be killed by violent separation and crushing.” – Dr. Oppenheim
When life is stormy and all seems against us, that is when we often acquire wrong habits, and it is then, that we have to make a gigantic effort to think ‘right’ and speak ‘right’; and even though we may feel the very reverse at that moment the tiniest effort will be backed up by a tremendous Power and will lift us to a realization never felt before.
Contented moments of our life don’t require any special effort from us. But it is when we are in the midst of trials and misfortunes, when we think we are sinking, being overwhelmed, then it is important for us to realize that we are linked to a great Power and if we live as we should, there is nothing that can occur in life, which could permanently injure us, nothing can happen that should disturb us.
“Smooth waters do not make a great sailor” – African Proverb
So always remember you have within you unlimited power, ready to manifest itself in the form which fills your need at the moment. If, when you have something difficult to solve, be silent and quite….meditate. The silence is were inspiration comes from; you will know how to act, you will find there is no need to hurry or disturb yourselves. It is always wiser to wait for guidance from within, than to act on impulse from ‘without.’
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