Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” But if you are what you repeatedly do, then becoming a success isn’t the result of specific actions you take, but is the result of habits you build into your life.
This means that success isn’t something you seek out. Instead, success is the accumulation of habits you build into your daily routine. In turn, those habits are what build you a successful life.
This is why people with good habits always do better than others. It’s because they’re doing the most important things on a daily basis.
When it comes to building a habit, research shows that it takes an average of 66 days.
What this means is, whether it takes you a few weeks or a few months to build a habit, learn to stick with that action long enough until it becomes a part of your daily routine.
Once you build one habit into your life, then you can work on building another habit.
No one has enough discipline though to try to build multiple habits at a time. If you start trying to wake up at 5:00 am every day, write every day, read every day, and go for a run every day, you will most likely not be able to carry through on any of them.
If you split your discipline trying to build multiple habits, you’ll likely not build any.
In the book “The One Thing,” Gary Keller, founder of the largest real estate company in the world, says,
“Success is sequential, not simultaneous. No one actually has the discipline to acquire more than one powerful new habit at a time. Super-successful people aren’t superhuman at all; they’ve just used selected discipline to develop a few significant habits. One at a time. Over time.”
Your daily habits, what you do on a daily basis, are extremely important to your success. If you’re not serious about developing successful habits, then you’re not serious about building a successful life.