People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures. — F. Matthias Alexander
Do you want to create a better life? Do you think about what it will take to create it? You can want and think, but nothing will happen until you start doing something about it!
This quote by F.M. Alexander was one of the ideas that caused me to stop and think about my life and how I wound up where I was. And the phrase “wound up where I was” is exactly how I had gotten there. In my early forties, I was very unhappy with my life and, in particular, my lack of success on many personal levels. I was not where I wanted to be financially, spiritually, or relationally. Oh, I had many excuses for why I had not reached my goals, but what it boiled down to was that I didn’t really have any goals–I had been just hoping life would get better…
As we move through the years, it is very easy to get sidetracked by the activities of daily living. We may start out with goals, but, somewhere along the line, we develop the habit of just living from day to day without any real plan for the future. We fall into routines that become habits–and habits are hard to break.
Think about the ways you spend time on a regular basis. Do you sit and watch TV most evenings? Spend hours a day online just for entertainment? Do you sleep late most Saturday or Sunday mornings? What about reading? Do you like to read fiction for entertainment? If you don’t think that these are habits, trying quitting them! How you spend most of your days, will be how you spend most of your years. I don’t know any old people who say “I wish I had spent more time watching TV when I was younger…”
I want you to enjoy your life and taking time to simply be entertained is good for you, occasionally. However, I let these seemingly harmless pastimes rob me of many precious years and I don’t want that to happen to you!
Live intentionally. Make plans for your future and work diligently to achieve your goals. Look at your habits and evaluate whether they are moving you closer to your goals or holding you back from achieving them.
I know, in my own life, when I changed my habits, my present situation began to change and that is changing my future for the better. Will you join me on this journey? I hope so!
~You might enjoy hearing me talk about this topic on the “Life Is A Marathon” podcast: We do not Decide our Futures, We Decide our Habits
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