Habit Bonuses

A habit is a consistent and repeated routine or form of practice. We all have a hodgepodge of good and bad habits. The benefits (or downsides) come from the accumulation of a habit over a period of time and the combination of all our habits.

Like Admiral William H. McRaven discuss in his commencement speech (and book), Making your bed is a good habit that sets your day off right with a little bit of control and intention.

A bad habit is reaching for the cookie jar (every day) after a stressful day at work. It’s not the cookie per se—It’s the hundreds (for me, more like thousands) of cookies you eat every year that add up to a negative result (aka fat *ss). And also the secondary or tertiary side effects of having a bad cookie habit. What other bad habits is your cookie habit gatewaying you into?

What make a good habit great?

Ideally, it prevents a negative, creates a lasting impact on your life in the long run, and radiates and creates other benefits as a result.

For example, what does brushing your teeth do for you really? Well, it keeps you from getting cavities (preventing a negative outcome) which would lead to large dentist bills, so now you put that money towards something else instead of fixing your teeth. On the plus side, you have shiny white teeth which a nice smile can make you feel more confident and help you socially. And You likely avoid having dentures when you are older, so that’s a huge plus.

And that’s just one tiny good habit!

Imagine what sticking to other successful habits could do for your life.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1316

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