The statistic shows that only 8% achieve their new year’s resolutions. This means a majority of 92% do not! By the end of March 60% drop out. The remnant of 8% are called high achievers. The good news is they were not born that way. So, you and I have a chance. One of their secret is to form good habits by being consistent and faithful. I personally strongly believe that starting your day intentionally, gives you more of a chance to accomplish your goals.
The key to habit formation is to practice daily what you want to accomplish. Some say to form a new habit takes 21 days, some say 30 days, some say 40 days. Neuroscience say it takes 60 days for a daily action to become a habit placed on automatic mode in the back of the brain. Just like eating or brushing your teeth are automatic. You don’t question it or have an internal battle about it, you just do it!
So, I encourage you to start forming one new habit that will take you closer to what you really desire or need to change in this season of your life. Start with only 5 to 10 minutes daily. If your answer is “I don’t have extra time”, so here’s a thought: go to bed earlier or give up some time watching television, playing video games or screening your favorite social media. We always make time for what matters most to us. Think about it!
High achievers have daily habits and believe in personal development. They know that working on themselves and doing their best will contribute to their own welfare and the welfare of those around them.
They have a daily routine to cultivate healthy habits
- They spend time with God their Creator. They pray, read, meditate, think and journal
- They review their goals and plans (wealthy people review their goals two to three times a day)
- They get enough sleep
- They spend time with people who inspire them (not necessarily in person but by reading or listening to their materials)
- They exercise
- They avoid time wasters
They keep the end mind
For example, if the goal is to lose 25 lbs, high achievers envision themselves completing this goal before they start. This will give them a better chance to reach it. To begin with the end in mind is a great way to train the brain to think that success is a done deal. Then the brain can do its part to help stay motivated and reach it in a record time. Another trick is to keep a picture (visual) of what they want to look like and put it on their fridge or vision board.
They do not live according to what they feel right now
Most likely discouraging and negative thoughts and feelings will come to prevent you from accomplishing what you set yourself to do. But pushing through the resistance and casting down these thoughts, overriding them daily will take you closer to your desired outcome. Let your will be stronger than these passing negative feelings. Forming a new habit takes a whole lot of energy. Just as it takes a whole lot of force and energy for a freight engine to start pulling the cargo cars. However, when it gains momentum it is almost impossible to stop it.
They write a plan and stick to it
High achievers write down strategies. To keep our example of weight loss, let’s say their strategy is to walk 30 minutes a day, incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their diet and cut down on sugar and fat. They then keep a daily log of what they intake and how many minutes they exercise. They might find an app or join a community for support. Every morning they review and focus on that plan.
“And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables (today paper), that he may run that reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” -Habakkuk 2:2-3.
“We are what we repeatedly do” –Will Durant.
They celebrate each accomplishment
Neuroscience studies have shown that people who celebrate after each accomplishment are more likely to repeat that same behavior which is vital in new habits formation. By celebration I mean tell yourself, “Well done! Way to go!” Tell a friend you did it again! Celebration will help in remaining consistent and faithful to the plan.
They journal and practice gratefulness
High achievers spend time to journal to evaluate their day. How did it go? What worked or what didn’t? They reconcile with the wrongs and rejoice over the good. They write down a few things they are grateful and thankful for. Journal and gratitude carries benefits. Such as self-awareness, stress relief, clarity on what you really want in life, focus on what matters the most, new perspective of what is important to you and what you truly appreciate.
“The heart that is consistently overflowing with gratitude will be safe from those attacks of resentfulness and gloom that bother so many persons” –A.W.Tozer
After sharing some of the secrets and habits of high achievers, I hope you have a strong desire to start taking charge of some areas of your life and form new and lasting habits. Remember the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.
- What will you do differently in 2020?
- How can you sharper your focus for a clearer vision?
Dare to dream again! The Lord will always do above and beyond all that you ASK or THINK.
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I wish you and your family a Happy New Year! May 2020 be flourishing, successful, filled with great surprises and blessings. Keep on shining! ✨