I was thinking about a work-related task when it dawned on me that just about everything that most people do everyday is because of a habit that was established in their life that reinforced the behavior that they do. Another word for habits would be patterns. It is said that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, I don’t know how universally applicable that is but I do know this, if you want to change something about you you need to change or destroy and replace the established habit/pattern that causes you to do whatever it is you are trying to change.
Sometimes in our quest for the get-fixed quick idea of the day we ignore the simple but obvious fact. It reminds me of an old proverb that I heard a lot growing up, “If you want to hide something of great value hide it in plain sight where no one will look for it.” Books, Blogs, Internet, TV, or where ever else a person might go to seeking information can be helpful, but don’t forget that these are all sources of information for you to use as it is applicable in your life not how to guides that you follow verbatim.
So if you want to get to the root of what you need to make a change or to build consistency with something new in your life remember it all begins with the habits that you form to support the goal that you want to achieve.