Why You Must Form New Habits Fast

The world is in constant evolution and moving fast. It does not seem that long ago we were still sending personal letters through the mail, using pay phones, walking to the video store to rent a movie, had no concept of social media, the Internet, and even—for the older ones among us—of computers.

The world I knew as a teenager is radically different the world I’m raising my kids in.

New World and New Skills

Keeping up with this fast-paced world demands that you continually learn new things. In particular, if you’re still in your productive years, it demands that you acquire new skills and develop new habits. You must almost reinvent yourself every couple of years to ensure you remain marketable.

In the “’old” world, you may have been able to get away with not expanding the set of skills you’ve learned in school as a kid. But in the “new” world, a lax attitude can be fatal.

New Skills and New Habits

You acquire skills through intentional practice, and practice means repetition. Turns out that habits are the easiest form of repetition because they are performed on autopilot, they are second nature. Once established, habits become the way you operate, the way you function, a part of your programming, so to speak.

Forming habits is perhaps the surest way to sharpen your skills. For example, if you develop the habit of practicing writing every day, you inevitably sharpen your writing skills. If you develop the habit of practicing your scales, you inevitably improve your piano skills.

Therefore, if you want to develop a new skill, you would be smart to determine which underlying habits you must establish. Once these habits are established, you automatically develop the skill—almost as a by-product.

The ability to form new habits quickly is vital to navigating the tumultuous waters of the new, digital, speed-of-light world. Forming new habits is a lifelong critical skill. To keep your edge, you must become proficient at forming new habits.

If you want to keep up with changing times, you must form new habits and skills fast. Of course, this implies that you must let go of old, outdated skills and habits. Never stop asking yourself, “Which skills and habits must I develop to stay relevant in my field of activity?”

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.