Habits are an essential part of who we are and what are lives are like. I’ve been writing about the New Year lately, of coure, since it carries so much meaning for those of us who think about personal transformation. In those writings (here, here and here), I’ve explored the notions of recovery as personal revolution; the importance of setting attainable goals, and being proactive in making the life you want to live. It occurs to me now that another key aspect in personal transformation is the development of new habits. We typically talk about breaking old habits around this time of year as we make our New Year’s resolutions, but I encourage you to think of establishing new ones instead. It’s much easier to build something positive by simply building. That way we don’t focus on the negative, but go directly to the positive in our attention and intention. As we build the positive new habits into our lives that we like, we can achieve the transformations that we want.

I have assembled some quotes about habits below to illustrate the focus I am recommending. It helps to learn more about habits so you can more easily navigate their world. We all are the proverbial ‘creatures of habit’. Which habits and what kind of habits–those are the important issues. Which do you want to live with? You can choose them. Eventually, you will find that just like brushing your teeth, they are something you just do without much thought.


“Your little choices become habits that affect the bigger decisions you make in life.” ― Elizabeth George

Some things to think about as you continue your journey to your own personal revolution:

“We become what we repeatedly do.”
― Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

“Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.”
― Gordon Parks

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
― Jim Ryun

“A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.”
― Desiderius Erasmus

“Habits are patterns, and even the smallest ones tell a lot about who you are as a person.”
― Jarod Kintz, This Book Title is Invisible

“Let go of your old tired habits and plant new habits in fertile soil.”
― Harley King

“Your little choices become habits that affect the bigger decisions you make in life.”
― Elizabeth George

“Positive mindset, positive self-image and positive attitude are the best-habits to nurture.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“We change when circumstances necessitate it; we adapt because we have to. The real challenge is to change when circumstances don’t demand it at all.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year

“I should pursue only those habits that would make me feel freer and stronger.”
― Gretchen Rubin, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

“Healthy habits harbor happiness.”
― Zero Dean

“Make your habits your beloved home.”
― Debasish Mridha

“Eventually your little choices are going to become habits that affect the bigger decisions you make in life.”
― Jim George

“If you are serious about changing your life, you have to get into the habit of finishing what you started!”
― Eddie de Jong, The Power of Habit: be Efficient in Everything you do