It is easy to agree with good advice, but not so easy to make a habit of following that advice.
People get used to doing some things to the point where they do those actions almost automatically, and with little mental effort. Without habits, a person would be faced with a constant barrage of choices to make. Should I get out of bed after I wake up in the morning? What next? Do I go the bathroom and brush my teeth? Do I got the kitchen and put toast in the toaster? What is the route I should follow? If someone says "good morning" to me, will I answer back? What will I say?
When you develop habits, you are relegating some of your decision making to your subconscious. This leaves your conscious thought free to pursue other matters. So, for example, as you are brushing your teeth you might be planning your agenda for the day ahead. As you develop habits, you increase your overall capacity to think and act.
There are two main problems with habits: they are hard to form and hard to break.
Every day this program gives you a new "idea for the day." Maybe you discover an idea for a new behaviour you would like to adopt. Suppose, for example, that you are impressed with one of the 7 habits of highly effective people proposed by Steven Covey: "Seek first to understand, then to be understood."
If you have this as a habit, you always seek to understand in any conversation. You don't find it sufficient to merely agree with the principle. You don't do it just when you happen to think of it. You do it every time, automatically.
To make any new behaviour into a habit requires work. Here are some ideas to help you adopt a new behaviour that you want to do consistently:
From Pathways daily ideas file, copyright Arthur de Leyssac, 2009; all rights reserved.