The One Habit that Can Transform Your World Forever
Any single habit not only can, but WILL change your world forever. It’s because of the nature of habits.
A combination of two facts that are not exactly secret, but they are not common knowledge about habits, causes this:
1. Every single habit of yours will stay with you forever.
Habits are stored in the most based part of the human brain, the basal ganglia that we share with birds, reptiles and mammals, of course.
So, once the habit is coded into your brain, it will stay there. You can try to change it, but it will only “add new lines of code” on the already stored information. That’s why in the moment of stress people go back to old bad habits; in a stressful situation they fall back to the default program.
2. Your habits constitute who you are.
That’s what the etymology of the word “habit” dictates. You are a conglomerate of your habits because they determine your actions, which fuel a feedback loop of your internal beliefs and attitudes.
A thoughtful question: Who do you think has the most influence on “your world?”
The correct answer: You. And you are constituted by your habits.
Hence, whatever habit you will incorporate, your world will be transformed, and it will be transformed forever.
Having said that, not all habits are equal. If you adopt a habit of drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning, it will change your life much less than, let’s say, drinking a bottle of vodka.
The One Habit
I really want to say that the habit that will transform your life is a gratitude diary. It’s not only simple and easy to develop; it also affects your way of thinking and in effect, elevates your whole personal philosophy.
As Shawn Achor, the author of “The Happiness Advantage” said, it will raise dramatically every possible outcome in your life. At least every outcome that science knows how to test for nowadays (read: health, relationships, salary level, career advancement, sales and many more).
However, there is another habit that has even more power. It has the power of enticing and cultivating a gratitude habit.
Exercising is one of the very few well-documented keystone habits — habits that “have a multiplier or a domino effect in your life.” (a neat definition coined by Brian Tracy). In other words, if you adopt an exercising habit, your chances for adopting more good habits skyrocket.
Of course, in the modern, shiny world of social media, you probably have an erroneous notion of exercise. You picture a muscular model that is able to spend two hours a day tossing heavy weight on a gym or running a marathon every other day.
Exercising as a keystone habit is any consistent physical activity. While scientists were trying to determine what the catalyst of life transformation was, they discovered that adopting a simple habit of taking a walk every day can trigger the avalanche of lifestyle changes.
Your exercise habit doesn’t have to be grand; it has to be regular.
I Have Firsthand Experience with That
For years, doing a single consecutive series of pushups was one of the very few habits I cultivated. For years, my life was stagnant.
However, this habit was like water hollowing the stone. It prepared me for my life transformation. When I read The Slight Edge, my experience of exercising every day was the one I referred to when pondering the book’s message. I found them congruent.
This small exercise discipline truly provided exponential results. It was enough for me to test this message in other areas of my life, and it made for a spectacular transformation.
One of the many habits I adopted as a result of that realization was keeping a gratitude diary. ;)