What’s a beHABIT?
The Value of Habits
Habits are funny things. They can be good for us, or bad. They can give us the structure and discipline we need to be productive, or they can bind us like iron shackles that hinder our growth. Habits come in all shapes and sizes—from the order we do things in the shower (seriously, take note of that today) to the path we follow through the grocery store. Good, bad or indifferent, habits are part of the human experience.
66 Days. Really?
66 Days—according to a recent study, that’s about how long it takes, on average, to have a new behavior become automatic—meaning that a person starts performing the behavior without much conscious thought. I’d always heard that it only takes 21 days. 21 days sounds a LOT more doable than 66 days. The truth is, it’s different for everyone. Some of us are wired to adapt to new routines and habits easily, others are a little more resistant to change. I fall into the latter group—the 66ers. In his book The Early To Rise Experience, Andy Traub says, “The only number that matters in building a habit is 1. Habits happen 1 decision at a time.” Regardless of how long it takes to form a new habit, it’s going to require some effort.
What the Heck is a beHABIT?
beHABITS! are much less about things we DO and much more about people we want to BECOME. Some habits are easier to integrate into life—like taking out the trash on Monday nights, or paying the mortgage on the 15th of the month. Habits like those are all about DOING something specific at a specific time. But beHABITS! are different. beHABITS encourage us to make fundamental changes in the way we interact with the world and the people around us. beHABITS encourage us to BECOME different than we are now. So, the term beHABIT is a tool to help us remember that the things we’ll be learning on our journey together are much more than things we will DO. These new habits will help us to “beCOME” something new.
Nothing New Under the Sun
In the Bible, King Solomon said “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) The truth of this statement has played out time and time again in my life and work. Most ideas are the result of other, older ideas rearranged and re-imagined. The beHABITS! are no different. I didn’t invent these concepts. I just compiled them together in a list so they might be easier to remember and implement.
A brief description for each of these and other supporting concepts can be found on the other pages in this section and in my book, Burnout Sucks!.
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