The value of any habit isn’t in a single action, but the consistency of actions over time.
The thing about habits is we don’t always actively choose the ones we have. And because they are automatic, there’s a big chance we’ve got a lot of bad habits we aren’t aware of.
(A bad habit is any habit that is working against us instead of for us.)
So how do we know what we don’t know?
We could compare our habits (you show yours and I’ll show you mine) with friends and people we admire.
I’ve personally found it helpful to test my habits by adding and removing them periodically.
For example, a couple of years ago I was super stressed from work and was having some bad anxiety (tightness in my chest) and decided to switch from coffee to tea to see if that was the issue. Hint—it was. I was having waaaay too much and drinking well past the afternoon and combined with an extra dose of stress, my healthy coffee habit had turned into a negative.
We don’t know what’s good for us (or bad) until we step outside of our normal. Even if it’s something we think we need or think is good for us.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1280