When we change our habits we change our lives. Habit is a good servant, but a bad master.
Habit is notorious – and rightfully so – for its ability to control our actions, even against our will. By mindfully choosing our habits, we harness the power of mindlessness as a sweeping force for serenity, energy, and growth.
How does your nature affect your habits? As writer John Updike said, “Surprisingly few clues are ever offered us as to what kind of people we are.” How do you respond to expectations? What are you outer (homework) and inner (keep goals) expectations?
Four Habit Tendencies. Who are you?
- Upholder – you can work with outer and inner expectations. You like to know what’s expected of you, like to avoid mistakes.
- Questioner – you question all expectations, and will meet expectations only if it makes sense. You like to make well-considered decisions & come to your own conclusion
- Obliger – you meet outer expectation, not inner ones. Motivated by external accountability, deadlines. You do what others don’t.
- Rebel – You resist all expectations. You like to act from a sense of choice, freedom, resist control, authority.
In Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin.
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