Do our Habits Predict our Success?
By Joe Ulm
Habits. We all have them, both good and bad. They help shape our identity, and they play a huge role in determining our future. When we consider our habits in this way, it’s no wonder why we work so hard to instill good habits in our kids. Yet, for all that appears obvious about habits, the idea that they’re highly predictive of our success wasn’t an idea I had ever considered. That is, until I read Atomic Habits by James Clear. What I discovered while reading the book was as simple as it was eye-opening. For example…
- If you want to be successful, start with your habits
- Your habits are the best indicator of whether you will achieve your goals (or not)
- Making things easy is essential to building good habits (and kicking the bad ones)
- We’re so conditioned to most of our own habits that we don’t even notice many of them
- The main reason why we build habits is to solve problems
- Starting very small is key when building new habits
Although these ideas aren’t particularly profound, understanding the relationship between our habits and our success, is more than profound – it’s essential. Yet, success is rarely framed in this way in today’s culture. Rather, success is more commonly tied to concepts like hard work, sacrifice, commitment, and dedication. These are all valuable and pertinent concepts and their relationship to success is both important and valid. But the better approach to teaching these concepts may just be through the lens of our habits.
Stay United Everyone.