LIAM 004 – We do not Decide our Futures, We Decide our Habits

Life_is_a_Marathon_RevisionIn Episode #4 of the Life Is A Marathon show, I explore the idea that we really do not decide our futures. Rather, we decide our habits, and our habits determine our futures. If we want to change who and what we are, we must change our habits. If we want excellence, we must develop habits that move us towards excellence.

People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures. — F. Matthias Alexander

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle

Show outline:

  • Foundational questions:
    • What do you want to be?
    • Who do you want to be?
    • What do you want your future life to look, feel, taste and smell like?
      • What did your childhood smell like? – Michael O’Neal – Soloprenuer Hour
  • Today’s topic: People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.
  • Who we are,right now is the sum of all of our thoughts and actions
    • We think about 50,000 thoughts per day
      • 90% of which are repetitive
      • 70% of which are negative
  • “How I wound up where I was”
    • No plan, just living day-to-day doing the same things, thinking the same thoughts as yesterday
  • Our habits control us more than we think
    • Watching TV
    • Same weekend routines
    • Eating the same meals
    • Always going to the same restaurants
    • Seeking the comfortable, familiar things
  • Unless we change our behaviors/thoughts, we will never change
    • Live intentionally
    • Get out of your comfort zone by doing something different, challenging
    • Have goals and plans for your life
      • Evaluate every thought/action on whether it moves you closer to or farther away from your goal
  • Will you join me on this journey of change, creativity, transformation?
    • I want people to see you a year from now and say “Wow, you’ve really changed! I like it! What did you do?”
  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle
    • Let’s build into our lives the habits that will make us successful!

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2 Responses to LIAM 004 – We do not Decide our Futures, We Decide our Habits

  1. Veronica November 11, 2014 at 1:56 am #

    Dear Bruce

    I really appreciate your podcasts. I found them so interesting and you have a special gift to transmit your thoughts and energy to people. I am only in the fourth episode and I want to go on listening your podcast and learning new things about life.

    I am a girl of 29 years old, working from house through the computer for a Spanish company (I am italian) and that is true… I am doing the same things everyday, stay away for the world outside and I am not happy with my present and with myself

    Thanks to you, (I discover you accidentally on Itunes, searching something spiritual), now I am more self conscious that I need a change in my life.

    I wish you all the best and I am looking forward to listen another episode tonight 😉

    Best Regards
    Veronica

    Ps. sorry for my English 🙂

    • Bruce Van Horn
      Bruce Van Horn November 11, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

      Veronica, you’re English is excellent! Thank you for listening and letting me know the shows are helping you!

      All the best!
      Bruce

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