Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them. ~Confucius
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Ryun
When you find your passion, you’ll have a boost of motivation to get started and change your life. However, this motivation won’t last if you don’t turn it into habits.We are creatures of habits. Our human nature always looks for ways to create patterns and do things on autopilot.
Habits are what differentiate successful people from others.
The habits that you’ve developed in the LOST phase – where you used to wander aimlessly without a clear passion or purpose – won’t help you build a life of passion.
That’s why you need to develop a new set of habits to serve you in your newly passionate pursuit.
These are 10 habits of passionate people that you can start cultivating today:
1. Wake Up Early:
The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years. ~Thomas Jefferson
Passionate people are usually early risers. There is something magical in rising early, and preferably at dawn. This peaceful period before the rest of the world wake up can be the most productive period of your day.
When I started the habit of waking up early at 4:30 am everyday, I felt like I was not living before. The amount of progress, inner peace, and joy that I experienced all the day made me regret the years in which the sun always caught me in bed!
2. Read Vigorously
I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book. ~Groucho Marx
If you replace some TV time by reading a good book, you’ll be the most educated person among your friends and associates. And you’ll be a high achiever too.
My mentor Jim Cathcart changed his life after he listened to Earl Nightingale on the radio saying that if you studied a certain topic for one hour every day, you’ll become a national expert in 5 years!
There is an amazing quote attributed to Mark Twain that says, “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”
If you don’t like reading, you can do with audio books. You’ve to find a way to READ, there are no workarounds.
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. ~Hans Hofmann
Simplify everything is your work and life. Start by eliminating the unnecessary. Everything that has nothing to do with your passion and purpose should be eliminated. They shouldn’t occupy any space in your daily life, because they are just a waste of time, energy and money.
When you have less needs, and you learn to enjoy more with less, you’ll increase your financial independence too.
Read more at: http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/the-ten-habits-of-passionate-people/
Coming tomorrow: “How to Get Your Boss’s Attention”