This blog post is taken from my book Golden Nuggets, and it’s a good reminder that habits can work for you, or they can work against you.

Losers allow habits to develop by default, while winners choose their habits intentionally.

If you don’t master your habits, then they’ll master you, for habits are like comfortable beds, which are easy to get into, but hard to get out of.

Your habits will either be your worst masters, or they’ll be your best servants.

Personal improvement, whether it’s self-development, weight loss, or fitness is all about creating or eliminating a habit.

Creating or eliminating a habit is not a short-term event.

For example, some people diet until they lose 20 pounds, but then they stop the smart eating and exercise that got them there.

Once they reach their goal, they go back to their previous habits and wonder why the weight comes back.

For permanent change, habits need to stick around for the long run.

With repetition and time, a single action will become a habit, and once it becomes a habit, it has the power to transform you.

Aristotle said that we are what we repeatedly do… so make your habits work for you and not against you.