If you want to be able to not only build freedom, to have more and more freedom, you have to build habits, and make sure you’re not going back to your old ways.
You’re instituting the new practices, beliefs, mindsets, and practicing them, making them an integral part of your daily life.
So if you want to be able to be successful in building freedom, and to make that success sustainable, the best way to do it is to build habits.
Improve on autopilot.
It takes more investment and effort to build habits, but once they’re in place and being practiced, you’re improving, automatically.
It’s like exercise, or a skill you habitually practice. Or the personal hygiene habits you have, like taking a bath, or brushing your teeth.
You don’t really have to think about those actions anymore, yet those habits still bring benefits and improvement to you, without you having to think about them, and devote a large part of awareness and energy.
Because you’ve already invested the upfront effort and energy to build habits.
Another effect habits have is that they give you compounded benefits.
Think about exercise. I started doing one push up a day, and now I’m at may more than just one. Ever since I developed the habit of doing push-ups, everytime I do push-ups, I’m reaping the health benefits of the exercise, on top of the benefits I gained doing the exercise the days before.
This means I’m getting stronger, and able to do more and more push-ups as I keep on doing them.
Same goes for negative habits.
Not all habits are created equal, and not all habits built can be positive. You may also have developed unhealthy, and destructive habits, unknowingly. The negative effects of these also compound, and serve to hold you back, without your awareness at all. All on autopilot.
If you want to build positive habits, you have to have the self-awareness to call out your negative habits, and either stop them, or transform them into non-damaging, or even, positive habits.
Habits aren’t built overnight.
It takes support and testing to build them. Finding out what works best for you, and what would help you develop, sustain, and institute the habit that you want.
Here are some articles on building habits, and sustaining them:
- Respect The Muse, Work Hard, And Create
- Sharpen Your Tools, Be A Better You
- A Goal Is Not Enough
- How Big Changes Come From Small Actions
- How Making My Bed Changed My Life
- What Having Trust In A Process Gives You