Beware of The Chains of Habit
The start of another day
You wake up in the morning and decide to have a cup of coffee. You read through some emails, go to the gym, come home, put on your blue suit and go to work. You drive your usual route, get to work, sit at your desk with another coffee and get down to it. Does that sound like a variation of a typical start to your day?
Turn right or left?
All of us have free will. To wake up in the morning and decide to put on shorts instead of pants and ride to work, then have hot chocolate and read the paper before starting our day. Or to get up, watch an hour of TV, with a Pop Tart and Pepsi for breakfast then rollerblade to work. We always have the choice between going right or left, but the way most of us live our lives, it’s as if we have no choice at all. We do virtually the same things over and over again, day after day, week after week simply because it’s become our habit.
How much are you choosing?
You stopped thinking about putting one foot in front of the other as soon as you learned how to walk. Half the time you drive to work without noticing the fact that you’re driving. Habits like walking and driving are important because they free up our mental space to concentrate on things that are important. The problem arises when habits take over our lives. When we continue doing things the same way simply because we’ve always done them that way, when our lives become habits.
You absolutely know you need to break some habits, like smoking and overeating. Other habits like pushing the snooze button on your alarm three times before actually getting up may not seem like pressing issues, but if you want to change things up, find more time in your day, implement a new routine, then it’s time to take a look at the big picture.
Break the chains of habit
Find the areas where your life is puttering along on autopilot and take control. Chains of habit are hard to break, but the first step to breaking them is recognizing the chains exist in the first place.