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In his Defining Moments newsletter, Rick Ezell writes: “Good habits are the building blocks of success. Unfortunately, bad habits are the pitfalls of failure.

Psychologists tell us that up to 90% of our behavior is habitual. Over the years, we develop a set of firmly entrenched habits that affect our work, income, health, and relationships. The good news is that habits help free up our mind while our body is on automatic. The bad news is that some habits produce self-defeating patterns and prevent us from living life to the fullest. Why? Because a habit is a routine or behavior performed regularly—and, in many cases, becomes automatic.

In his book Atomic Habits, James Clear wrote, “The quality of our lives often depends on the quality of our habits. With the same habits, you’ll end up with the same results. But with better habits, anything is possible (p. 7).”

Your habits determine your outcomes. The habits you develop from this day forward will ultimately determine how your future unfolds.”