"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." - Jim Ryun
To be a highly effective person, you need to acquire good habits. It is always beneficial to list down your good and bad habits regularly. Then evaluate whether a habit is helping you or undermining you. Once you are aware of a bad habit, make a conscious decision to change it ASAP.
"First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits, or they'll eventually conquer you." - Rob Gilbert
Deal with Habits Early On
An elderly teacher, with a pupil by his side, took a walk through a forest. Suddenly he stopped and pointed to four plants close at hand. The first was just beginning to peep above the ground, the second had rooted itself pretty well into the earth, the third was a small shrub, while the fourth was a full-sized tree. The tutor said to his young companion, ‘Pull up the first plant.’ The boy did so eagerly, using only his fingers. ‘Now pull up the second.’ The youth obeyed but found the task more difficult. ‘Do the same with the third,’ he urged. The boy had to use all his strength to uproot it.
‘Now,’ said the instructor, ‘try your hand with the fourth.’ The pupil put his arms around the trunk of the tall tree and couldn’t even shake its leaves. ‘This, my son, is just what happens with our bad habits. When they are young, we can remove them readily; but when they are old, it’s hard to uproot them, though we pray and struggle ever so sincerely.’(From the Heidelberg Herald)
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
"The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones." - Somerset Maugham
Some bad habits
“Fear is a habit; so are Self-pity, Defeat, Anxiety, Despair, Hopelessness and Resignation. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can!! and I will!!”
Some good habits
"Successful people aren't born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don't like to do. The successful people don't always like these things themselves; they just get on and do them." - William Makepeace Thackeray
"Develop the habit of focusing on the possibilities, not the problems." - David DeNotaris
"Cultivate the habit of laughter." - Og Mandino
No matter where you are or where you are not, you have the ability to improve. Evaluate your habits. Then change them if necessary to have a great life!