"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
Forming good habits is probably something that we all seek. Unfortunately, if we are old enough to remember watching the Andy Griffith Show as children, then we may find it difficult to change some of our bad habits--- over time it simply gets harder to change. The good news is that change can happen, it just takes extra effort. That is because the experts tell us that in order to develop a habit, a person must perform the thing they want to be a habit for at least 21 days.
That seems like a long time, but it is worth it for developing new and better habits. The truth is that the 21 day period really works. If you don't believe it, check it out yourself. Take on something that you want to become a habit and do it for 21 days (round it up to a month to make it easier to keep track). After the 21 day period, you will discover that you are now the proud owner of a new habit.
"Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex."
--- Norman Vincent Peale
Now that you have a new habit, work on other good ones that you want. Do you want the habit of reading several books per year? Form the habit of reading 15 minutes per night before going to sleep and you will have read the equivalent of one book per month easily. Want to lose weight? Form the habit of going for a walk every morning or every evening. Do it for 21 days and watch the love handles dwindle.
"Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit."
-- Vince Lombardi
Of course, bad habits can be formed the same way. Do something wrong long enough (say, 21 days) and it will become a habit. If you want to stop a bad habit, force yourself to stop doing it for just one day. Then, don't do that thing again the next day and so forth for… you got it, 21 days.
"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right."
--- Thomas Paine
The media, politicians, special interest groups learned a long time ago that if something that was once thought wrong could be thought to be right over and over again, it is eventually thought of as right. This is dangerous for your business especially when it affects your core values of integrity and dealing honestly with customers, suppliers, and employees. Don't let this happen to you. When you discern that your thoughts are changing or being manipulated by anyone or anything and you know it is detrimental, stop! Rethink your thoughts and actions and stick to the habits that you know are true and good.
"The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going."
--- Napoleon Hill
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