Good habits are important, but it's often our bad habits that prevent us from reaching our full potential. You can have all the good habits in the world, but if you keep doing the bad habits alongside the good ones, you'll struggle to reach your goals.
Think of it this way: you're only as good as your worst habits.
Bad habits are like heavyweights that you drag around as you go about your day. They'll slow you down, tire you out, and frustrate you. Despite your hard work and talent, you'll struggle to reach your full potential when you've got certain thoughts, behaviors, and feelings holding you back.
Picture a man who chooses to go to the gym every day. He works out for almost 2 hours. He keeps a careful record of the exercises he performs so we can track his progress. Over the course of six months, he isn't noticing much of a change. He feels frustrated, and discouraged that he's not losing weight and gaining muscle. He tells his friends and family that it just doesn't make sense why he's not losing weight and feeling better.
He's putting in the work. After all, he rarely ever misses a workout. What he leaves out of the equation is the fact that he also enjoys a Carmel Ribbon Crunch Iced Frappuccino Venti on his way home from the gym after every workout.
After all that exercise, he feels hungry and tells himself, I've worked hard. I deserve a treat! So each day, he wakes up works out and then immediately takes in 3000 calories of pure sugar. Seems ridiculous, right? But aren't we all to some extent guilty of this kind of behavior? We work hard to do the things that we think will make us better, but we forget to eliminate the things that might be sabotaging our best efforts.
My point is this: maybe the progress and success you are looking for is not found in adding on another good habit or learning another new skill, or buying another good product or tool that promises to make your life easier.
Maybe, just maybe your success is sitting just on the other side of the wall of bad habits and behaviors you've allowed to be built up around you over time.
Just a thought!
What do you think?
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