Sunday, February 06, 2005

Mastering Your Habits

[Got this great article online]

Someone accurately pointed out that "habit starts out as a thread. As new threads are added, it becomes a rope we cannot break." We want to be careful about the habits we make, for they eventually make us. But by making strong and productive habits, we build strong and productive lives.

Here is a list of habits, drawn on research from numerous sources, that peak performance people share. They are essential to master successfully if you intend to master a successful life. Yet one does not need to be a CEO or corporate head to benefit from the research. Anybody who works to develop these traits will experience almost instantaneous results.

Are you ready to rise to the next level? Here is what my research shows:

1. People who master their lives are people who know what they want and are willing to devote energy toward achieving it. They develop the habit of writing their most important goals.

2. People who master their lives create healthy relationships. They get along well with the people with whom they live and work. They give special attention to their families.

3. People who master their lives practice integrity. They habitually do what is right, even when nobody will know. They live by self-imposed principles.

4. People who master their lives are honest about their strengths as well as their weaknesses. They build on their strengths and work daily toward self improvement.

5. People who master their lives take care of their bodies. They exercise regularly and eat sensibly. They receive proper medical treatment. They tend not to smoke, they take drugs only as necessary and they limit their alcohol intake.

6. People who master their lives control their time. They take at least an hour every day for personal time. They spend daily time with close friends or family, and guard against spending too much time in areas that are unimportant.

7. People who master their lives understand their emotions. They don't leave emotional pain untreated. They know that healthy attitudes are as essential as healthy behaviors. They develop a trusting and optimistic outlook on life.

These essential habits of people who master their lives are threads that, when woven together fashion a rope so strong that it can hardly break. Master these habits and you will master your life. Master your life and you will master your future.

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