Habits of Highly Effective People: Including You. If there was ever a time to contemplate improvement, to develop good habits, that time is now.
Intellectually we all know who we are today and who we become is entirely determined by our habits. Habit—a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up (Webster).
With so many people struggling to build good habits, we have to ask, what is the key to reforming oneself? Aristotle thought if you act well, you will be on your way to improvement and goodness. Change your behavior, and eventually, you rewrite your psyche.
Motivation, inspiration, and even energy level is probably a little different for everyone. So maybe start by raising the bar on how we act.
Habits of Highly Effective People: Including You
Begin by doing at least one thing every day that elevates your thinking and your being.
The Roman biographer Plutarch was keenly interested in habits and character when he wrote his best-known work, Parallel Lives. The habits of highly successful people provide us the modern-day equivalent.
The backgrounds of today’s highly successful people vary widely. Bill Gates, Oprah, Warren Buffett, and Larry Ellison have all rose through the ranks their way. But they have habits that are common amongst them, like the following highlights.
- 84% believe good habits create opportunity.
- 86% believe in life-long education. Read, learning is a lifestyle, not an event.
- 88% read 30 minutes or more every day.
- 86% love to read.
- 81% maintain a to-do list.
- 79% network 5 hours or more per month.
Now maybe you don’t love to read. But could you learn to love to read? Start with the books you love. One of my clients started his reading habit by reading comic books. It sounds absurd, but he showed me that comic books contain a lot of suitable life lessons—good and evil, the evildoers were disturbed or traumatized. That reflects real life!
Adopting some of these habits may not make you rich but, they will give your life meaning with capital “M.”
The idea is to start.
First, we make our habits; then our habits make us.
— Charles C. Noble