Where Are Your Habits Driving You?

I was sitting comfortably on the bus, and the bus driver did an unexpected turn. And another. And another. At first, I thought the bus was just making a small detour. But after a couple of minutes, I realized the bus wasn’t coming back on the track.

I looked around and didn’t recognize the neighborhood. I was lost.

And then, as if struck by lightning, it dawned on me that I may have hopped on the wrong bus. See, I had gotten on the bus at a stop where they were many buses and I may have misread the bus number.

Concerned, I jumped out of my seat and went to the front of the bus to talk to the driver. When I asked him the bus number, he confirmed my fear: I was on the wrong bus, going who knows where.

Finding my way a back wasn’t fun but I made it. I was late but I made it.

Habits Are Bus Drivers

Habits are like bus drivers. They drive you toward a predetermined destination, and when you hop on one, it will surely follow its course and lead you to a preestablished terminal. Like me, if you hop on the wrong bus (habit), you’ll lose your way, and finding your way back might quite a challenge (but it’s possible).

Like me, if you hop on the wrong bus (habit), you’ll lose your way, and finding your way back might quite a challenge (but it’s possible).

You sit comfortably on the bus of your habits, enjoying the ride. But are these buses going in the “right” direction? Are they driving you to your desired destinations?

Want it or not, habits push you forward in a direction and, little by little, lead you closer and closer to a predetermined destination. Bad habits drag you away from your desired destination and push you somewhere you don’t want to be.

For example, bad eating habits, such as ingesting too many sweet treats or gorging too much junk food or drinking too much alcohol are bad habits that are dragging you away from your goal of having great health and they are pushing you towards health issue (each towards its own type of health issues).

If your goal is to enjoy a vibrant health, you would be wise to steer clear from such habits. Instead, cultivating habits such as drinking plenty of water, eating enough fruits and vegetables, and exercising would lead you closer to your desired destination.

Habits Support or Sabotage Your Goals

Good habits support your goals; bad ones sabotage them.

Your goals (desired destinations) play a vital role in defining which habits you must cultivate and which you must avoid at all cost.

For instance, if your goal is to become a productive person, you must cultivate habits such as planning your work and working your plan, eliminating distractions and focusing on the task at hand, and finishing what you start. On the flip side, you must avoid getting on the bus of procrastination and the bus of distractions…

Habits drive you towards goals. But you can choose which you hop on, and thus, decide your destination. And if you have a tendency to fall asleep on the bus, wake up from time to time to make sure you’re going in the right direction, otherwise you may end up somewhere you never intended to go.