Diagnose your habits; go to work on the bad ones: That is how self-improvement leads to a better life.
The symptom you overlook today becomes a complication tomorrow. But if you look for the cause and fix it, it becomes an asset to your better life.
Bad habits are the quickest route to failure.
This is true in life as well as in business.
If you nurture and practice a bad habit whether or not you are aware of it, there is no telling that the habit is going to lead you into big troubles tomorrow. So many people have made a wreck of their dreams to a bad habit or attitude in their pursuit to achieve success.
"Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure," says
And it is true.
Failure doesn’t happen overnight. It starts with a symptom
For instance, I lost a scholarship last month. I lost it to procrastination.
They shortlisted me for the final year scholarship along with about 1000 other students from other universities. Having been shortlisted, they required us to take the test within the next 12 hours.
Then came my failure habit: delay — the precursor habit of procrastination
I procrastinated until the 11th hour.
Paradoxically, I didn't even read nor practice answering past questions. As far a success in that scholarship was concerned, I did nothing productive with the time I spent procrastinating.
But by the time I was finally ready to take the online test, the site didn't respond. I lost the chance to participate. The opportunity was gone. Forever!