Posted by Philip Smith
on 1 March 2013
We know that change is painful and that people avoid it as best they can.
This tells us that those who are prepared to suffer the pain of changing habits will achieve what the procrastinators dream about.
There are a large number of books all telling us what the best habits are – as measured by “successful people” , “Effective people” and all manner of categories of “groups” of people.
They all miss one vital ingredient, context.
Books are always written after the events and by the time they are published massive changes could well have occurred. Often the person who inspired the book might well be living in Iceland where you are living in Timbuktu, where everything is very different.
The most important element that is out of context, is us.
Each one of us are motivated differently, have different measures for success, have different lives and beliefs.
At best we can read these books and determine whether any part of it is relevant in our lives and that should simply be as part of our own cycle of continuous improvement.
Choose carefully what habits you want to change and understand the reasons why, then put in the effort and make it real in your on life.