Everybody I know has habits. Usually quite a few of them.

Some habits are really valuable, and some are detrimental. It seems human nature to continually do things a certain way–those patterns can be broken, but it’s not a normal aspect of personality to deviate continually from behavior. We stick to our knitting.

In this way, being able to develop positive habits is probably more powerful than anything else you can do. Once you learn a behavior, it has a tendency to reinforce itself.

If you eat a cookie every day after lunch, so it goes. If you buy a lottery ticket with your pack of smokes, so it goes. If you spend all of your pay check before getting your next one, so it goes.

If you walk your dog every day, if you eat only plants, if you read two chapters of a book every night before bed, if you swim before you eat breakfast, so it goes.

If everyone develops habits, what’s to stop you from developing habits that lead to a happier life? That lead to a healthier body and mind, financial stability and education? Nothing. It’s all completely up to you.

The hard part about all of this is getting lulled to sleep. It’s easy to forget that every day, every moment is truly precious and is another unit of time to be built upon. It’s far easier to see the patterns that already exist in life and float along, merrily, merrily, merrily.

Keep score. Figure out a way to keep track of all the things you want to do and track progress. Tally it. Get addicted to progression. Recognize the times when you are achieving or not achieving those goals you set for yourself. If you continue to do that, you will ultimately end up healthy, wealthy and wise.