The Habits That Make You

What are your habits?

Do you eat the same thing for lunch, follow the same workout routine, and go to bed at the same time every night?

Or maybe you’ve made it a habit to eat what looks good, avoid the gym, and stay up as late as possible.

John Dryden once said, “We make our habits first, and then our habits make us.”

Confucius said, “Man’s nature is like; it is their habits that separate them.”

And Aristotle remarked, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

It’s pretty obvious that the habits you adopt will define who you are.

When it comes to your body, the two habits that define your physique are your eating and exercise habits. In fact, everyone you know who is in good shape has introduced these two important habits.

Fred Sassanic

If you’re not happy with your body, just adjust your eating and exercise habits. Use these seven steps to create a life-enhancing habit.

1. Determine the one habit you would like to develop. It’s tempting to pick up three or four healthy habits, but choosing just one new habit is realistic and achievable.

Here are some ideas for healthy habits:

• Do not eat after 7 p.m.

• Take your lunch to work instead of eating fast food.

• Exercise four times a week after work for 45 minutes at a time.

• Eat only fruits and vegetables as an afternoon snack.

• Get up early and exercise for an hour every morning.

• Work with a personal trainer three times a week.

2. Write your new habit down on paper. Also list your three main drivers for developing this new habit, the obstacles you face, and your strategies for overcoming them.

Here’s an example:

• My new habit is to work with a personal trainer three times a week.

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