Habits vs Raising Standards

Habits are good, no doubt about it. Habits are the autopilot in humans, forming good ones allows us to maintain our health, energy, and productivity, without tapping into our willpower reserves. It's kind of a life hack ingrained in our biology. But they're not perfect. You can form bad habits without even knowing it, then breaking those will be a real challenge. You may also form low-value habits, and you might have to improve them. The question which comes up, however, is how do you know they are low-value habits? Well, obviously, you can just tell, right? Yes, for the most part. But your perception of good varies heavily based on what your standards are.

Perhaps you've never done physical activity and you decided to form a habit of going for a walk every morning, be it sunny, rainy, snowy, it doesn't matter. Fantastic! That's great. But what if you're generally a healthy person, and you decided that to maintain your health you decide to do the same. That's great! But probably not as great. The general rule of thumb for growth is to push yourself further than you're comfortable with. If your standards are within your comfort zone, your personal growth is going to automatically be severely slowed down.

Habits are great, definitely, but they are most effective when coupled with high standards. You must raise the bar beyond what your comfort zone is. In this way, you push yourself beyond who you are. You grow! I say all of this because my standards used to be quite low. And as a result, I remained stagnant for a very long time. It was only once I raised them that it became possible for me to turn myself around and start moving in a different direction. Essentially, another way to phrase it is: become bored of who you are. Get bored of the things you're doing now, chances are you've done them for far too long and it's time to move on and move forward.

Some good tips for raising your standards:

  • Create a habit which will push you

  • Get out of your comfort zone often

  • Get bored of what you're doing now

  • Try out new things often

  • Find problems you have and fix them ASAP

  • Aim to become better than yourself right now

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Habits are a great tool to have in your arsenal but don't just rely on habits and their formation. Remember we are creatures of comfort, we seek out what's most comfortable for us, and so our habits might make us repeat the same things over and over with no progress. That's why 80% of Americans feel stuck in their routines. Break this loop, and GROW.


Hi, I'm Matthew, my mission is to spread knowledge about motivation, productivity, and enabling people to achieve the best that they can be! I have a vast background in psychology and a passion for self-improvement. I literally can't remember a time when I didn't have a psychology book in my hands. On top of that, I've traveled around the world from a very young age, and seen many different courses of life, forming friendships with highly successful people, as well as people who are willing to do anything to make ends meet. My own life took me down a roller coaster of highs and lows, and I'm forever grateful that I've been able to overcome everything it threw at me. Now I want to take the opportunity to give back, and help others learn tools and methods for becoming who they were born to be!


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