Choose The Habits You Form
“The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.”
― Albert Camus, The Plague
I love this quotes and its truth.
It reminds us of a truth that we are all forming habits, wether intentionally or unconciously.
So we can make the concious decision to work on forming ones which are beneficial to us.
Quotes About Habits
1. “Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
2. “I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.”
― Warren Buffett
3. “A man who can’t bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them.”
― Stephen King, The Dark Tower
4. “An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.”
― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms
5. “Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.”
― Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
6. “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”
― Samuel Johnson
7. “You can’t make yourself feel positive, but you can choose how to act, and if you choose right, it builds your confidence.”
― Julien Smith, The Flinch
8. “We become what we repeatedly do.”
― Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens
9. “A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.”
10. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
― Jim Ryun
11. “Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.”
― Gordon Parks
12. “If you believe you can change – if you make it a habit – the change becomes real.”
― Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
13. “How to win in life:
1 work hard
2 complain less
3 listen more
4 try, learn, grow
5 don’t let people tell you it cant be done
6 make no excuses”
― Germany Kent
14. “The best kind of happiness is a habit you’re passionate about.”
― Shannon L. Alder
15. “The only way we could remember would be by constant re-reading, for knowledge unused tends to drop out of mind. Knowledge used does not need to be remembered; practice forms habits and habits make memory unnecessary. The rule is nothing; the application is everything.”
― Henry Hazlitt, Thinking as a Science
Habits That Make You Smarter
1. Have a Faith
Having faith in the outcomes you experience gives you the courage to take chances.
Chances to go out there, do more and know more.
This will to go out there for more eventually makes you smarter.
2. Sitting and thinking
Spending time to just sit and think is a great way to relax and recharge and also an awesome way to get smarter.
Time spent sitting and spending time with our mind , letting it process definitely will make us smarter .
This is time you could spend thinking about your past and future actions.
What you did good, what you did bad.
You will want to be honest about the things you know and that which you don’t so you can get the help you need to become smarter.
Patience to learn , even when learning gets tough.
Most things worth learning takes time , so in order to get smarter , we need to be ready to give it the time it needs.
We need to be patient enough to understand what it takes to become smarter.
One of the main reasons why I feel motivated to take up new projects which require me to learn alot about things I knew nothing about is that I do believe I can.
Believing you are smart enough to grasp what makes you smarter will definitely make you smarter.
6. Open minded
Being open minded is the state of mind you will want to be in to let things in which will make you smarter.
Sometimes at first encounter something or someone might not look like they could help increase your intelligence but if we stay open minded for long enough to dig deeper we might be amazed by what we learn.
7. No Judgements
When we judge we close our minds to what might have brought to us more enlightenment.
Judging puts you in the mindset of I am better than or I know more than and I can’t learn anything from which deprives us from knowing more.
8. Take Advantage of the morning
When you just wake up and you are still to kick start that fast pace, as you still warming up to the day, this is a perfect time to do things which will make you smarter.
In the morning there is less distraction and you are still relaxed enough to give time for thinks like, meditating and reading which both help you become smarter.
Being enthuisiatic about learning know things, working hard to find new things to learn from and staying motivated through out the learning process will definitely make you smarter.
10. Work hard
We need to work hard to get anything good, knowledge included.
Most times we learn the most when we are putting into practice things we previously learned.
So as we work hard implementing what we learned, we get smarter with experience.
Complaining is just a waste of time and the less time you spend not complaining, the more time you will have thinking about solutions, more time to implement those solutions .
And the more you act the wiser you get.
12. Listen more
Listening more, means getting the opportunity to absorb more than you give out.
When you are a great listener, people are encouraged to tell you more.
13. Growth mindset
Developing a mindset which tells you that you not knowing today doesn’t have an influence on what you will know tomorrow.
This mindset encourages you do more and spend more time to expand what you know, thereby making you smarter.
14. No excuses
Don’t give excuses why you can’t learn, why you can’t become better.
Excuses only discourage you from taking that step towards a greater you.
Getting condense knowledge on a regular basis is definitely a habit which makes you smarter.
I always recommend you read what you are interested in not what people say you need to be intrested in.
That way you stay interested in reading.
16. Forgive yourself and others (be understanding)
You made mistakes, they made mistakes, we all made mistakes.
When we take the time out to be really understanding of others we become more empathetic and wiser.
We get to know more about the reasons and intentions behind certain actions, how to avoid them and how to move forward.
17. Be confortable being different
Going for more than many thought was situable for you often makes you stand out.
In order to stay motivated despite the all the discouraging voices, you need to become comfortable being different.
Being comfortable with your difference inspires you to know more to let your difference shine, to bring out the beauty in your difference.
18. Embrace Challenges
Learning is sometimes a challenge,
Sometimes to learn we need to unlearn and that is even a greater challenge.
Unlearning the believes , stereotypes and ideas you developed as a result of your place and circumstances of birth.
Then learning more world embracing ideas.
This is a challenge but it definitely makes you smarter.
19. Don’t fear failure
You will try to learn new things because you were told it will lead you to certain levels of success.
Then you will try put into practice what you learned and you will fail.
Failure will come but with failure comes an opportunity to try again , try better and wiser.
With every failure you become smarter, you know one more thing which leads to unsuccessful outcomes.
With failure you have the opportunity to narrow down the steps to success.
We need to respect the differences that exist in the world.
First of all because that’s wise, the fact that something is foreing to us doesn’t mean it is less than.
Secondly when you respect people and places, people feel comfortable to open up to you.
To tell you more about what they know, hence making you smarter.
21. Finish what you start
Enduring to the end well increases our endurance levels and also be get to take in every drop of knowledge we had to on that journey.
Stopping half way through might leave us some drops short , depriving us from increasing our learning.
Being humble enough to know that you don’t know it all is a good state of mind to be at in order to become smarter.
People want to teach people who are humble enough to admit they need their help.
When you are humble doing what it takes to get the knowledge you need is an easier decision to make.
Moderation with all things is definitely the way to go.
Not doing anything to excess.
Not sitting down thinking, reading, or anything which makes you makes you smarter excessively.
These habits will be most productive when we blend together equivalent portions of each.
Work on being the you , you admire
True like most habits, these habits wll be hard to develope but on the bright side definitely possible to.
So though we might find that creating these habits might be challeninging, just keep going and look forward to bettering yourself and falling in love with who you are and all you can become.