When I think about living an extraordinary life or just be plain phenomenal, I think of habits. Aristotle puts it succinctly, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” From my analysis and from most books I have read , it seems as though just about every habit that people seek to make or break falls into the “Big Five”:
1. Eat and drink more healthfully
2. Exercise regularly
3. Rest, relax and become mindful
4. Become more productive, Get things done.
5. Organize, clear, and simplify
Does this ring true to you? Are there any habits that you try to foster that don’t fall into one of these categories?
The Big Five reflect the fact that we often feel both tired and wired. We feel exhausted, but also feel jacked up on adrenaline, caffeine, and sugar. We feel frantically busy, but also feel that we’re not spending enough time on the things that really matter. We want to use our time well, but we fritter away hours on activities that are neither particularly fun nor particularly productive.
If you want to know more about building habits. I recommend reading Charles Duhigg’s book, The Power of Habits