The power of habits

We wouldn’t dream of starting or ending our day without brushing our teeth. It’s an automatic habit that’s been firmly ingrained into us from our parents pleading with us and cajoling us to brush our teeth – or else!

When we visit the dentist for a check-up, we reap the benefits from this twice-daily habit in the form of a clean-bill of oral health. When my hygienist complements me on my lovely pink gums, I feel like a million dollars! I owe this to being diligent about brushing and flossing morning and night.

We live in an age where we want instant gratification and instant results in almost everything. But unfortunately success does not work that way. It’s achieved in the tiny actions that we take each day -It’s achieved by creating and maintaining great habits.

Good habits are at the very core of success in any endeavour. For example if your goal is to run a marathon and you have never run before, simply by you putting on your exercise gear and runners and running a little more each session, you will get fitter, stronger and more confident at running. And ultimately you cannot help but achieve your exercise goal.

As the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle so eloquently said: We are what we repeatedly doExcellencethen, is not an actbut a habit.