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Create Great Habits

Interested in the self-help genre and psychology, I combine such knowledge with my experience of TBI Recovery & my writing skillset.

Pave the Path to Success

It’s difficult to hear but all too true: There’s no shortcut to success. However, working hard will not necessarily get you there neither. For instance, you could be the hardest working employee at your company while the CEO does barely anything each day. Who do you think will have more financial freedom between the two of you?

You have to both formulate an effective strategy and develop great daily habits.

  1. Define Success.
  2. Create a Roadmap.
  3. Create Daily Goals.

Before we launch into this discussion though, remember to prioritize. Some goals, obviously, are more urgent than others. For instance, if your goal is weight loss to avoid a heart attack, it is imperative to achieve your goal. Otherwise, you might die and will never achieve another goal anyway.

But also prioritize your daily goals list as well though. For instance, if you are in a Coding Bootcamp and have the daily goals of completing 2 assignments per day and also reading a book about JavaScript each day, you ought to complete the online assignments first. After all, falling behind in the class would have more severe consequences than not completing your personal reading goal.

Plus, you could bring more intensity to your most important goals this way.

Solo runner in Kastellet, Copenhagen

Solo runner in Kastellet, Copenhagen

Define Success

Define Success

  1. Define a specific long-term goal.
    Specificity is important. After all merely saying, "I'm going to lose weight" could mean 2 pounds over the next year. Instead, I'm going to lose 20 pounds by June" makes more sense.
    You might also consider creating milestones along the path to your goal achievement as well. For instance, if it is January and you want to lose 30 pounds by June 6, you might create a goal to lose 15 pounds by Mar 6, marking the halfway point.
  2. List the reasons why achieving your goal is so important.
    Possible reasons, for instance, might include: Better Health, Financial Freedom, More Time with Family.
  3. Make a Commitment.
    When your endeavor becomes difficult—and at some point, it definitely will—you must remember the commitment you made to do what ever is necessary to achieve your goal.
  4. Avoid “protracted conflict.”
    As author Anthony Jensen notes in his book Sun Tzu & Machiavelli, “One of the key teachings in The Art of War is avoiding protracted conflict. Like many of Sun Tzu’s concepts, it can be updated and used in the modern era without meaning a literal aggressive conflict” (30).
    Accordingly, Jensen instructs us to be “rapid and resourceful” to maximize efficiency in our endeavor.

Create a Realistic Roadmap

Trying to reach your destination without some form of map (e.g., GPS) is ineffective at best, stupid at worst. For instance, let’s look at a potential roadmap to become a Full Stack Web Developer.

1) Learn Frontend Development:

a) HTML5

b) CSS3

c) JavaScript

2) Learn Backend Development:

a) MERN (MongoDB, Express, React, Node)

b) PHP & MySQL

3) Learn Web Design

Now, in our example, we would learn HTML first because it serves as the backbone of the website. Moreover, frontend code is the easiest to test since it gets loaded by the browser. (Thus, we could simply save the files and open them up with Google Chrome to test the site.)

In contrast, backend code gets loaded by a server, and we need to download a server (e.g., XAMPP) to test such code.

While your goals may have nothing to do with Web Development, the point is that complex career paths or entrepreneurial plans may call for a thought-out logical learning sequence. Your roadmap needs to reflect this.

Create Daily Goals

We have already discussed the importance of prioritizing our daily goals, but there is another factor worth mentioning: Consistency. As noted in the book Start Small, Stay Small, “The main problem with inconsistency is that it makes you lose momentum and momentum is critical to staying productive” (20). Thus, if your most important goal is to learn JavaScript, practice it every day.

The additional benefit to practicing the same goal at the same time each day is habit formation. After about 28 days practicing the habit, you will start doing it automatically. Whether it is writing, jogging, or web development, this will work towards your advantage.

Create Your Great Habits

All things considered, we could all benefit from some Self-Improvement, and there is no better place to start than by creating great habits for ourselves. That said, it will not happen overnight and will be a difficult undertaking. This is why we list the reasons why achieving your goal is so important. On this front, it is also wise to keep a daily journal (whether it be a notebook or a Word file on your desktop). Page 1, for instance, could feature this list.

Besides, journaling is a great thing in and of itself. It allows you to do at least three things: Learn from your past, assess your current situation, and plan a better future. Additionally, you never truly know what you know and what you need to learn until you start writing. It compels you to think more deeply than you ever would otherwise.

Best of luck with your endeavors, and I hope you enjoyed the article.

Sources

Jensen, Anthony D. Sun Tzu & Machiavelli Leadership Secrets: How To Become A Superior Leader Utilizing The Principles Of The Art Of War And The Prince (p. 30). Make Profits Easy LLC. Kindle Edition.

“SMART Goals: Definition and Examples.” Indeed. https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/smart-goals

Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer's Guide to Launching a Startup (p. 20). The Numa Group, LLC. Kindle Edition.

Comments

E Randall from United States on September 04, 2021:

Great read, thank you for this.

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