Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.
~Saint Augustine (354-430)~
What is a Habit? and what forms a habit? Wikipedia defines habit as a routine of behavior that is repeatedly regularly and tends to occur unconsciously. IF all habits are acquired patterns then why do we find it so difficult to implement new habits (e.g. exercising regularly) or giving up old habit that no longer serve our purpose (e.g. smoking). While the internet is full of helpful articles on how to break an old habit or create a new one, this post is not about that.
In an attempt to live a more contemplative life, a conscious one where I am not simply gliding across life’s highway on cruise control, I find myself often stepping back to gain a little perspective on the things I do on a daily basis. I ask myself questions like:
- What is the real reason as to why I am choosing to embark on a particular journey?
- What do I really hope to get out of it?
- Did I articulate my thinking, my expectations, my underlying assumptions clearly to everyone who has a stake in it? or can affect its outcome?
- Like a rubik’s cube, did I stop to consider all sides? think 20 steps ahead?
- Am I doing this because I am afraid of the consequences of what will happen if I don’t?
- Do I want to operate out of a place of fear in my heart?
I suppose all these questioning for me is easier in a sense because being an introvert having thought processes running quietly in the background in my head seems quite natural to me. The habit that I did have to work on changing though is choosing my train of thought carefully and conciously 🙂
So what are you doing about your habits? Do you question them? And if you do want to change something, where do you start?