The Power of Habits to Achieve Goals

By definition, a habit is “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up”. 

We all have them, bad habits and good habits. But the question is are they serving and helping us to achieve our goals. Whether they are lifetime goals, or short-term goals we can achieve in a couple of weeks it’s important to assess what your habits are and how they can best serve you.

It doesn’t matter if you are 13, 30, or 65. Habits are the actions we execute day in day out, and these make up our days, weeks and months. We want to challenge you to write down what a typical day looks like in your life. From the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep, what do you do without thinking about it? Habits are important because whatever habits you have right now are what have helped you to achieve the goals you have so far in life. Whether these goals are small or a little larger, there will have been something you have achieved through persistently trying. 

Do you wake up and take a scroll on your phone? Do you reach for a cup of tea? Do you skip breakfast? Or maybe you enjoy a hearty balanced breakfast? It may even be as simple as going to brush your teeth! 

Task 1: Note your daily routine – you can do this for your weekday and weekend to get the full picture of all your habits, we may find that the habits we have on the weekend are a little different. 

Next, it’s important to get clear on your goals, this can be anything from accomplishing the grades you want to consuming a more balanced diet. It’s okay, to have goals that are a little bigger than what you think you can achieve because we want to get a full picture of the desires you hold. 

Task 2: Write down your goals, try and keep your list short (1-3 items) – so you can focus on the goals that are most important to you. 

Finally, hold these to two lists up against each other, and highlight all of the habits that you think are contributing to your goals and underline the habits that are not contributing to your goals. 

The aim here is not to be perfect. The aim is to strike a balance. The aim is to amplify the habits that are bringing you closer to those goals, to amplify the habits that make you feel good, and reduce the habits that distract you. This will look different for everyone. 

How do you feel looking at your habits?

It takes 21 days to form or change a habit! We challenge you to take the next 22 days to change the habit that is not serving your goals, into a habit that is serving your goals! 

Task 3: Write down the one habit you are going to change, and actively execute daily to bring you closer to your goals! Do this for 22 days! 

Increase 1 of 2 extra habits after the 22 days.

E. Garcia

E. Garcia

Founder of Anywhere Academy International Ltd (a.k.a A2i Academy), Examiner and Lecturer of Mathematics, that started this online tutoring business, career pathway consulting, and studying abroad advisory to empower a wider number of students to achieve their desired results in mathematics.
Working over 20 years in education in various sectors, from working in Primary, Secondary, Further Education and Higher Education.

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