Habits Bring More Success Than Goals 🌱
Definition: The ability of neurons in the brain to form and change their connections in response to new information.
Before you receive your first edition of Creatures of Habit, I want to tell you why I chose to give you this information in the form of habits. I will also share a bit about my journey and my philosophy around the idea of success.
PATH TO SUCCESS:
When embarking on the path to success, most people set goals.
There’s this pressure to constantly be productive and always be achieving the next big thing. I have certainly felt that. Hustle culture has us convinced that we must work 24/7 to achieve success. It takes a toll on us: burnout, unfulfillment, and a loss of passion for the work we used to love.
I've always been driven to achieve my goals and create meaningful change in my life, but I found myself constantly feeling like I needed a break. The pressure to hustle harder and achieve monumental goals can sometimes overshadow the importance of our well-being and creativity.
What happens when we reach our goals and are too drained to enjoy our achievements?
What if you shift your perspective?
By building a foundation for your well-being now, you're setting the stage for a healthy and unstoppable future.
I realized how important it is to prioritize my health. Without your health, you have nothing. If your health is bad, you can’t do good work - no negotiation. Poor health can hinder your success in many ways, from reduced energy levels to impaired cognitive function. It's the foundation for your success.
I wanted a healthier, more sustainable approach to my work without sacrificing my ambition. Now, I focus on taking small actions every day that are stepping stones to my big goals and enjoy the process. Goals are far in the future and have factors we can’t control, but we can control the habits we create today that can get us there. I learned not to constantly be in chase of this elusive destination because meaningful progress is a result of consistent effort and dedication.
Success is not just about reaching a destination. When you are only focused on the end result, and reach it, the satisfaction is fleeting. Too many people push until they reach that destination only to realize how poor their health is physically and mentally.
My mission is to help you acheive sustainable success by providing you with the resources and support you need to thrive, personally and professionally. I believe that by prioritizing yourself, you can unlock unprecedented levels of productivity, creativity, and fulfillment - becoming unstoppable.
WHY HUMANS FORM HABITS:
Habits bring more success than setting goals.
Goals are measurements and checkpoints for what you want to achieve, but habits are the stepping stones that get you there.
Ever wondered why humans are creatures of habit? It comes down to your brain's tendency to create shortcuts for repetitive behaviors, making you more efficient, conserving mental energy, and providing a sense of predictability in your daily life.
Neural pathways are the connections that form between the neurons in your brain. They represent any thought about anything you’ve ever had. A new neural pathway forms when you encounter a piece of information (thought) for the first time. The more you use the pathway, the more dominant it becomes. When you perform an action or behavior consistently, neural pathways associated with that behavior become stronger and more efficient, making it easier for your brain to execute it with less effort.
Habits break when you stop using those neural pathways. It is a "use it or lose it" situation; the brain is like a muscle.
PRIORITIZING HEALTH → SUCCESS:
Habits are the practical tools that can help individuals bridge the gap between health and success. These consistent actions cultivate routines that support your physical and mental well-being on a daily basis.
When you prioritize your health, you cultivate the energy, focus, and resilience needed to tackle challenges and achieve your goals. Good physical health promotes higher energy levels, better cognitive function, and improved decision-making, all of which contribute to greater productivity and success in all areas of your life.
Your time is valuable and limited, so you don’t need more complex systems in your life. My goal is to provide you with simple, effective habits and tools that you can seamlessly integrate into your daily routines.
In every edition of Creatures of Habit, I feature a product to help you implement this week’s habit.
Want to learn more about the power of habits?
Be on the lookout for my email on Sunday. For now, let’s connect on LinkedIn.
I’ll be in touch!
Jenna Gestetner :)