Take Control of Your Habits and Discover How Powerful You Really Are

The reality is that you – and the life you lead today – are the result of your habits. Changing habits can seem difficult to accomplish at first, but success is a result of your habits.

Breaking bad habits

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, 
Your thoughts become your words, 
Your words become your actions, 
Your actions become your habits, 
Your habits become your values, 
Your values become your destiny.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

If you think about it, you’re living out your habits every day. From how early you get out of bed, to your morning routine, how you dress, walk, exercise, interact with others and even what you habitually think about and how you respond to the world.

These habits got you to where you are today...

The fact is that habits are necessary. They free up your mind so you can concentrate on how to survive day to day. For instance, you don't have to think about how to drive your car – which allows you instead to be on the lookout for danger while you're driving.

Unfortunately, habits can also keep you locked in self-destructive patterns, which limit your success. Becoming successful is a result of changing habits. You’ll need to eliminate bad habits and develop new ones that are in alignment with the life you want to live.

The life you want to live won’t just materialize one day... your habits determine your outcomes!

What is Keeping You From Achieving Your Goals?

What are the habits that you live with every day that are keeping you from achieving your goals?

What habits are keeping you from achieving your goals?

I encourage you to be really honest with yourself here...

  • Are you always running late?
  • Do you forget to return phone calls within 24 hours?
  • Do you stay up late and never get enough sleep?
  • Do you often break promises to your friends and family?
  • Do you resist planning out your day?
  • Do you spend money you don’t have?
  • Do you avoid putting important tasks and events in your calendar?
  • Do you drink alcohol more than once a week – and do you have more than two drinks per day?

Imagine the Result of You Changing Habits

  • What would your life be like if you ate healthy meals, exercised and got enough sleep?
  • What if you saved your money, stopped using credit cards, and paid cash for everything?
  • What if you stopped procrastinating, overcame your fears, and began networking with people in your field?
  • What if you created a detailed annual plan for success – then chunked it down into monthly, weekly, and daily plans to ensure you stayed on track to achieving your goals?
  • What if you taught yourself how to meditate to reduce stress and promote mental clarity?

Would your life be different if you changed your habits? I bet it would!

The 2 Steps to Changing Habits

My suggested action step for you is to write down some productive habits you could visualize, then adopt in your life. Step two is to 'act as if' you were living these new habits right now!

To help you get moving toward creating more successful habits right away, I'd like to recommend that you develop four new success habits each year, one for each quarter.

Once you determine the new habit you're ready to adopt, next you'll want to create a method that will support your new habit.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • You could write it down on a card that you keep with you and read several times a day.
  • You could make it a part of your daily visualization.
  • You could also enlist the help of an accountability partner who has habits they also want to change, or work with a personal coach who can keep you on track.

For more inspiration to create your new habits, check out these 5 habits of successful people.

Make a 100% Commitment to You New Habit

It's important to make a 100% commitment to your new habit, so be specific about the steps that you're willing to take in order to drop an old habit and adopt a new one. Don't be vague about how you will change your habits. Spell it out for yourself so you can put yourself in situations that will motivate you to act upon your new habit.

Just developing four good habits a year will dramatically shift your life to be more in line with achieving your vision. And the more focused you are, the easier your other, not-so-good habits will be to replace. Your perspective will shift and you’ll see more clearly how your old habits just aren't serving you anymore.

Make the decision. Make the commitment. Then watch your new, positive life unfold!

I want to leave you with a bit of homework to complete after you’re done reading. Write down the four habits that you want to develop over the next year. Make a 100% commitment to each of your new habits and watch great things happen.

Leave a comment below and tell me which new habit you have in mind to develop first. 

Changing habits in 2017 starts with a fresh set of goals using my 12-Month Success Planner. I designed this planner to help you plan exactly how to tackle daily challenges and achieve your goals. Use it to get a jump on the new year.


You can, as long as you include this complete statement with it: Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul® and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com


  • Kaahil Worley

    Great post Jack. Very informative and helpful..Thanks!

  • Tina Lashley

    Great and much needed info, thank you!!

  • Mary Lou Green

    I am in the process of creating new habits, and I'm enjoying the challenge and the change. Success Principles has some great ideas on this. Thanks!

  • Ervien Budijatmiko

    Great post, wish i could have good habits to changing my life better. Thanks jack...

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  • Soso

    Thanks Jack! Positive Good Habits equal positive good results ... what we do truly makes a difference in our lives! Great article! & Thank you for being an amazing Leader to share your knowledge with us! God Bless 🙂

  • Beth Ellen Nash

    I'm going to get back into a habit I have had a few times, but gotten away from, which is to drink 8 or more glasses of water daily.

    • Staying hydrated is essential to our health! Best of luck to you, Beth! I know you can do it.

  • What's your take on starting super small? I've created momentum in 'positive' habit building by starting with something small and anchoring it to a hardwired habit. For example, I write an email each weekday (hardwired habit). To be more consistent with my exercise (move from 2 or 3 times a week to 5x), I started exercising right after I finished writing my email. Some days the work out is simply push ups, pull ups, and some leg raises (super small).

    • A small start is better than no start, Dwight! Keep growing your momentum and you will get there when the time is right. There is nothing wrong with that!

  • Jacquelin Alcius

    Hi Jack
    Thanks for this article. my news habits for this new year are : to wake up early at 4 AM o clock every day, to pay men first because I often tend to neglect myself.
    I want to inform you about my application for the collaborative book entitled MASTER THE ART OF SUCCESS .
    I daily read THE SUCCESS PRINCIPLES this book is a powerful tool for me not only I learn from it and I share its principles in order to empower other people but also to master these principles.
    I want to discuss some stuff with you.

  • Qualityassurance Analyst

    The new habit I want to develop is tackle things right away in the here and now instead of procrastinating and letting them pile up. Thanks so much for this inspiring blog.

    • That is a fantastic habit to have. If you tackle the big, intimidating items first thing in the morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that was probably the worst thing you will have to do all day and the rest of your tasks become a breeze to work through.

  • pennb

    Thanks again Jack. First habit which I know is part of the morning routine is exercise. And it doesn't have to be big steps right away right enrolling in a gym but even just having the 10,000 steps a day. Starting today till Q1 2017. This is my first habit for 2017. I will write all 4 habits already in my journal today.

    • That is a really great habit to begin. Exercise is an essential part of maintaining a healthy body and mind. It is perfectly alright to start small. One more step than yesterday is a step in the right direction!

  • Ngan Bui

    Thanks so much Jack. Now i am starting to have a new habit that make a plan every night what i will do for tomorrow. Your ideas make me more belive in what i am doing .

    • That is a great habit to start, Ngan! Stick with it and you will see the positive changes that start to form now that you have a clear picture of your daily plan. Best of luck to you!