I catch myself writing more about habits recently.
That’s because I’m working on developing healthy ones and replacing bad ones.
But not by putting effort into the process, not by using all my willpower and not rewarding myself for small wins. Just the opposite.
I try to do it the smart way – focusing on one habit at a time, making tiny steps and starting as small as possible. Also getting familiar with the nature of habits in general, and understanding how things work.
That helps me make improvement, see progress and feel accomplished.
But the first most important thing before making a change like that is to realize how big the role of routines and habits is in our life.
Here are some quotes I collected that show you why we need to change our habits and how they affect who we become.
I hope this post will also serve as a motivator for you to take some action today.
25 Habit Quotes to Inspire You
1.Habits are safer than rules; you don’t have to watch them. And you don’t have to keep them, either. They keep you. ~ Frank Crane
2.Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. ~ Aristotle
3.A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit. ~ Desiderius Erasmus
4.The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. ~ Samuel Johnson
5.The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half. ~ Feodor Dostoevski
6.Quality is not an act, it is a habit. ~ Aristotle
7.Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~ Jim Ryun
8.Good habits are worth being fanatical about. ~ John Irving
9.Powerful indeed is the empire of habit. ~ Publilius Syrus
10.A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time. ~ Mark Twain
11.Bad habits are easier to abandon today than tomorrow. ~ Yiddish Proverb
12.The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones. ~ Somerset Maugham
13.Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken. ~ Warren Buffett
14.Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. ~ Vince Lombardi
15.Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them. ~ Confucius
16.Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it. ~ Horace Mann
17.Most people don’t have that willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims. ~ Carlos Santana
18.Small habits well pursued betimes
May reach the dignity of crimes. ~ Hannah More
19.The people you surround yourself with influence your behaviors, so choose friends who have healthy habits. ~ Dan Buettner
20.It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. ~ Benjamin Franklin
21.Habit is a man’s sole comfort. We dislike doing without even unpleasant things to which we have become accustomed. ~ Goethe
22.The best way to break a bad habit is to drop it. ~ Leo Aikman
23.Every grown-up man consists wholly of habits, although he is often unaware of it and even denies having any habits at all. ~ Georges Gurdjieff
24.In one sense the whole process of development consists of the formation of habits; for knowledge itself, and the powers of thought, as well as the higher elements in the will, all depend upon the establishment of fixed ways of reacting to given stimuli. ~ Edward O. Sisson
25.The secret of the whole matter is that a habit is not the mere tendency to repeat a certain act, nor is it established by the mere repetition of the act. Habit is a fixed tendency to react or respond in a certain way to a given stimulus; and the formation of habit always involves the two elements, the stimulus and the response or reaction. The indolent lad goes to school not in response to any stimulus in the school itself, but to the pressure of his father’s will; when that stimulus is absent, the reaction as a matter of course does not occur. ~ Edward O. Sisson
What bad habits are you struggling with? What can you do today to work on building better ones?