On an average day, the average person has about 60,000 thoughts run through their mind.
95% of those thoughts were the same thoughts they had the day before.
In the book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari,” Robin S. Sharma says,
“This is the tyranny of impoverished thinking. Those people who think the same thoughts every day, most of them negative, have fallen into bad mental habits. Rather than focusing on how to improve their lives and thinking of ways to make things even better for themselves, they are captives of their pasts.”
This is what’s wrong with having bad habits because the way you think stems from your daily habits.
In his book “Happiness: The Mindful Way,” Ken Verni says the difference between a bad habit and a good habit is “reliving old emotions vs. having fresh emotions.”
Bad habits are staying focused on the past, while good habits aim on improving the future.
If you’re not working toward your goals or focusing on improving your life, it becomes very easy to get stuck in old patterns of thinking.
You and I both know which certain patterns of thinking don’t serve us well, yet they are so ingrained into us that we keep doing them, even though we know we shouldn’t.
It’s like the billionaire investor Warren Buffett says, “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt, until they’re too strong to be broken.”