When we think of habits, the first things that come into mind are the bad ones. Smoking, biting those darn nails or that constant craving for chocolate. Bad habits are things that we would change by simply snapping your fingers, unfortunately they tend to stick with you like kryptonite.
Now… start thinking about your good habits. The routines you have, the patterns you follow. You are not stuck in a rut, routines can be productive and simple habits that you have can enable you into a state of ‘flow’. Think of the ease of the habit of driving to work or school every day. If you have to figure out each day which route to take, it would make you mental.
What habits do heroes have? Charles Duhigg describes some (Phelps, MLK) in his interesting read!! The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. I would like to leave you with an example of a habit of one of my personal heroes: Kobe Bryant. I started playing basketball when I was 6, and Kobe had just ‘survived’ rookie year. Throughout his career, he has been a great example of determination, leadership and utter will. Currently he is facing overcoming his ACL injury and hopefully he will be back to Staples soon.
One habit I really noticed is when I watched Kobe Doin’ Work. It is a documentary, produced by Spike Lee, in which Kobe is miked up during an entire game against the San Antonio Spurs. A few weeks later, he watches the tapes and provides his thoughts about the game. This is incorporated in Kobe Doin’ Work. If you think basketball is only about Allstars and slam dunks, think again and watch this documentary. Coaches, execution, and reading plays have more to do with it and I really started appreciating these aspects more and more.
Somewhere along this documentary, Kobe talks about touching his shirt with his hands. If you look closely, you can see his does this several times. It seems quite odd and just a simple ritual. He is not that aware of it himself, but he explains why he does it. He believes or he knows that he has a better feeling for the ball when he touches his shirt every now and then. What tiny habits do you have that allow you to be more productive or happier in life?