I’m a big fan of choosing a word of the year. Last year, my word for the year was discipline…and thanks to that word and my commitment to living it out, I had a pretty darn good year. I lost 100 pounds, made some significant fitness gains, read over 100 books and even got disciplined about meal planning. I went to bed earlier and woke up earlier. There were so many things that happened as the result of my commitment to discipline. As I wrapped up last year and started thinking about this year, the word that kept coming to mind for this year is habits. I’ve always been fascinated by habits, but this past year, I read multiple books on the subject and that fueled my fascination with habits.
habits: settled or regular tendencies or practices; automatic reactions to specific situations
I have some big plans and goals for 2019. And while discipline is going to play a part in making things happen, I know that reaching my goals will be easier if I put the right habits in place. Habits are soooo powerful! As someone who tends to fly by the seat of my pants, having items that are regular practices in my life…or better yet, automatic reactions to specific situations, makes it easier to making things happen.
I’m still wrestling with my list of habits and which habits will be put into place in which order. I also know that as I grow this year, there will most likely be new habits that I’ll need to cultivate. My goal is to implement a new habit every month and use my habit tracker printable to track my progress. I’m looking forward to seeing the progress I will make and the goals I will accomplish.
If you’re interested in habits, here are some of my favorite books on the subject.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and BusinessAtomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad OnesThe Habit Blueprint: 15 Simple Steps to Transform Your LifeHigh Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That WayThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal ChangeHabit Stacking: 127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Most are Five Minutes or Less)