Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.
Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.
The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.
If you believe you can change - if you make it a habit - the change becomes real.
The truth is, what you do matters. What you do today matters. What you do every day matters. Successful people just do the things that seem to make no difference in the act of doing them and they do them over and over and over until the compound effect kicks in.
There are two kinds of habits: those that serve you, and those that don’t.
As Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do.” Or as the Dalai Lama put it more recently: “There isn’t anything that isn’t made easier through constant familiarity and training. Through training we can change; we can transform ourselves.
Barriers to full engagement: Negative habits that block, distort, waste, diminish, deplete and contaminate stored energy.
A short practice that you do every day is better than a long practice you keep putting off to tomorrow.
Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.
The mind is a magnet and we attract that with which we identify the self. In order to get the most out of life we must learn consciously to change many of our habitual thought patterns. This is not easy, for our old thought patterns cling to us with great tenacity, but, being thought patterns, they can be reversed. If you are filled with fear, refill yourself with faith, for faith always overcomes fear.
Discipline equals freedom.
What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.
We tend to overestimate what we can do in a short period, and underestimate what we can do over a long period, provided we work slowly and consistently.
We are primarily the products of thinking that happens below the level of awareness.
For the first thirty years of your life you make your habits. For the last thirty years of your life, your habits make you.
Consistency is the omnipotent force behind change.
If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible.
Rituals also help us to create structure in our lives.
Taking ownership of your happiness has two aspects: Accepting that being happy is up to you and that you have the ability and power to be happier by changing your habits. Taking "response-ability": responding to all the events in your life in a way that supports your happiness.
If we observe genuinely happy people, we shall find that they do not just sit around being contented. They make things happen. They pursue new understandings, seek new achievements, and control their thoughts and feelings. In sum, our intentional, effortful activities have a powerful effect on how happy we are, over and above the effects of our set points and the circumstances in which we find themselves. If an unhappy person wants to experience interest, enthusiasm, contentment, peace, and joy, he or she can make it happen by learning the habits of a happy person.
Every day you have to renew your commitment. Some of the strategies should become habitual over time and not a huge effort.
Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today.
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
Consistency is the omnipotent force behind change.
Successful people are simply those with successful habits.
Transformation doesn’t necessarily reward watchfulness. It does, however, reward daily practice.
Watch your habits, for they become your posture. Watch your posture, for it creates your boundaries. Watch your boundaries, for they restrict your growth. Watch your restrictions, for they create immobility. Watch your immobility, for it becomes your illness.
Like everything else, excellence is a habit.
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.
Often we don’t realize that our attitude toward something has been influenced by the number of times we have been exposed to it in the past.
Habits are learned. Choose them wisely.
“Winning is a habit; unfortunately so is losing.” Some people have the habit of victory and success, and although we’d like to believe that these people have a glamorizing mystical power, the truth is much more basic than that: They commit to whatever it is they want to do. If you ask me, that is the more impressive part—that they can commit and exercise self-discipline in just about anything they do. So, you must crush it where you’re at. You must dominate whatever it is that you are doing. You must do everything in your power to reach the top of whatever game it is you are playing.
The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don't just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed.
The Compound Effect is the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices.
And as long as you’re making choices unconsciously, you can’t consciously choose to change that ineffective behavior and turn it into productive habits.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Most of our choices are made on autopilot, without any real awareness of what’s driving them, and certainly without serious reflection on their consequences.
Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.
Our destiny changes with our thought; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire.