“Our daily decisions and habits have a huge impact upon both our levels of happiness and success.”Shawn Achor
Many things that define who we were—experiences we had growing up, habits we had in college, things we valued last year—have a surprising (yet not-so-surprising) hold on who we are.
Our past identities (good and bad) reflect on who we are today. (And the same goes for our current selves reflecting on our future selves.) I enjoy basketball today because I played it growing up (and have a lot of fond memories tied to friends and family around it). But I rarely play nowadays (even though I’ve been trying to get some pickup games going here recently). That’s just one sliver of who I am/was, but that’s part of my story—a small layer of cookie dough in the ice cream that describes my life.
But enjoying basketball in my past doesn’t mean that I have to be that person today. (This is a silly example, but you get where I’m going here).
We may be where we are because of our past decisions and circumstances, but we aren’t defined by them. We define our lives by the decisions (wise or poor) that we make today.
The same goes for our habits.
A habit is only as good as it’s useful to you today and in the future. It’s okay to let habits die if they are no longer serving you.
At the end of the day, a habit should bring joy or progress towards what you value. Don’t let things you used to do or wished you would have done haunt you and keep you from doing what you can do right now.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1347