When I focus on goal setting and making habits I have three different kinds of goals I make. Habits, Targets, Achievements.
We are Always getting ready to live, but never living…
The work of self-improvement–always under the nose,–nearer than the nearest, is seldom…engaged in.R. W. Emerson, Journal 1834
For Habits these are things of daily life that I want to do without thinking about. I want to take them off the decision table. Habits are such that, even when your daily life is disrupted, or you stop engaging in them for a day or two, you pick them right back up again with little to no effort.
A habit is something you don’t have to think about, it becomes a part of your identity. It can be diet, exercise, mental habits, ways you think about yourself or talk to yourself. Things you do. It is really really difficult to get a habit ingrained, but it is worth it. Last year, I worked on dietary and mental habits. The year before it was prayer. I am where I want to be with those. For 2019 I will work on exercise habits. I want to fold exercise into my daily life so I’m not making a schedule or setting targets, but just doing it.
Habits don’t imprison us, they support us.
Emerson quotes (including blog post title) from A Dream Too Wild: Emerson Meditations for Every Day of the Year, Barry M. Andrews, ed., (Skinner House Books: Boston, 2003), Jan 1 entry.