Rituals vs. Habits: What is the difference?

Deliberate Intention and Concentration

All of us have habits in our daily routine. We check email before work, we get coffee to start our day, we kiss our children goodnight. Habits develop without us knowing it. We start doing something one day and over time the action is so ingrained we don’t even think about it anymore. Rituals, unlike habits, are done with deliberate intention and concentration (Tweet: Rituals, unlike habits, are done with deliberate intention and concentration. via @Circuelle. By making something into a ritual we give it focus. When we choose our habits and repeat them, they become rituals. Rituals are the foundation upon our greatest achievements (Tweet: Rituals are the foundation upon our greatest achievements. via @Circuelle). 

Everyone has habits, now we should make a mindful choice to make those habits into positive rituals.

Three Simple Steps:

  1. Prepare your environment: if you want to eat well, stock the refrigerator with healthy foods. If you want to run more, set your running shoes out.
  2. Find your productive window: Are you a morning person or night person? What time of day is best to start your new ritual?
  3. Try different approaches: Simply try different ways of doing something until it feels comfortable for you. There is no right answer. The key thing is to give it intent and focus.

Remember, a habit is something done repeatedly for the purpose of performing the action itself. A ritual is something done repeatedly with a purpose outside of the action itself. Either way, whatever part of your life you are looking to improve, whether it’s business, health or your love life, give some thought to how rituals could improve the results of your efforts. Empower yourself with those choices!

What new ritual is your focus?

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