You know that bad habits can have a detrimental impact on your life and your career. You also understand that good habits can make you a more productive and well-rounded person. What you may not realize is how negative patterns in your life could be affecting your mental health, emotional well-being and professional success. Patterns of behavior are more than just habits—they are routines that you regularly engage in, getting similar results every time.
Good habits work best in positive patterns. For example, you want to be better about staying off your phone in the evenings while you’re trying to fall asleep. This is a good habit you want to establish, but you also need to build a good pattern to set yourself up for success. Create a pattern that helps you relax and fall asleep, including self-care and charging your phone outside of the bedroom. You may not be able to create this new habit if you continue to follow your old patterns.
The first step in building good patterns of behavior is to identify negative ones. What areas of your life feel the least successful? Where do you struggle to improve? The key may not be just one bad habit to fix, but an entire sequence of actions or thoughts that continue to set you up for failure again and again.
You may not even realize that you have negative habits in your life that continue to affect you. Establishing new habits may require re-tooling the way you think and a careful look at how you approach things. Looking at the patterns in your life can help you understand more about the reasons why certain things hold you back and how you can take back control over your habits and forward progress.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC