I don’t know you. I don’t know your name, your age, or your gender. I don’t know where you live, what you do for a living, or whether you prefer to drink coffee or not.
What I do know about you is this: you’ve built your life around an intricate web of routines. There are certain behaviors you do over and over again, without even thinking about them.
As a matter of fact, these routines have become so ingrained into your subconscious, that you’re now calling them destiny.
Every day, you wake up, get out of bed, brush your teeth, get dressed, eat and drink, work, read, watch TV, surf the web, go on social networks.
These habits seem harmless at first, and it’s hard to believe, but they dictate your destiny.
Whether or not you skip breakfast determines your energy levels throughout the day.
Whether or not you exercise daily determines your overall fitness levels.
These patterns of action influence your emotions, your thoughts, and the way you react to any change in your environment.
It’s this repetition that slowly guides you towards certain destinations but not others. Your habits can steer you towards fame, fortune, and success, or they can plunge you into poverty. These habits can carry you to love and happiness, or they can drive you into depression, loneliness, and despair.
How happy you are is the side-effect of your habits. How much money you make, have, and keep is the side-effect of your habits. How healthy you are, how many friends you have, it’s all a result of your habits.
Not your goals, not your desires, but your habits.
And the less you are aware of the importance of habits, the less control you will have over your life. And that’s how you screw up everything. That’s how you find yourself close to falling over the edge.
Your habits are your only weapon in your lifelong war for meaning, happiness, and making the most of your time.
If you want to change your destiny, you just need to change your habits.
It’s that simple.
If you want to change your life, you’ve just got to change your mind about something you do on a daily basis.