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Habits and Ritual

Posted on 1 June 2014

We forget.

Doctors get sick, dentists get toothache and specialist in any field, are likely to fall victim to their own discipline.

We specialize in helping people to get organized and to develop good habits. This is never easy and getting the process of improving our habits started is the main challenge.

We have been doing this for more than 10 years, in one form or another, so one would expect that we will have this all down pat. One would be wrong.

Recently I read a very good article where the author suggested the value of “ritual” or habit, is often misunderstood and he presented an interesting argument.

When we do things habitually we require no “thought” energy to start and complete such tasks, other than that required by the task itself.

He argues that we all start our day with the some energy level and that our energy gets consumed during the day, leaving us on empty, so as to speak, by the end of the day.

He further contends that we require energy every time we try to decide what is to be done next, but any task performed as part of a habit requires no such expenditure of energy.

We all know that we have some good and some bad habits and the trick to successful living is to reduce the bad ones and to cultivate the better ones.

Being organized is one of the good habits and if this is successfully and properly done, it will assist in the creation of other good habits.

Once we have achieved a degree of habitual organization, and it is never perfect, it becomes easier to regain control when we get lost in the occasional “flood” of activities.

The value of organizing your life and developing good habits, translates into money in the bank.


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Habits again

Posted by Philip Smith on 1 April 2013

Habits again

Change can never happen without some specific objective.

Summer is on the way so in comes the diet and out goes the TV guide.

This is where the rubber meets the road, if you are determined to get rid of some weight, having another hamburger will not help and a crash diet will at best produce a temporary result.

No, if you are serious you will have to change your eating habits and add some exercise, simple one would say.

This process is repeated millions of times every year and the results are uniformly poor.

The big question then is, are we willing to acknowledge reality and learn from it, or do we want to take a diet pill for a quick, short term, temporary fix?

Life and success is all about the choices we make.

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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.


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