As discussed in Chapter 31, people create rituals and rituals form futures. It is so simple and true. If you don’t have the future you have dreamt about, it is most likely because you have not had in place the habits or rituals you need to create the future you desire. Everything we have achieved or not achieved is a result of the rituals we have that either propel us forward or hold us back.
A ritual is an activity you engage in on a regular and consistent basis. The difference between the successes of individuals rests on the combination of successful rituals they apply. When I have interviewed successful leaders a common comment comes up: ‘I have always done this . . .’
The challenge for each of us is to define the rituals that best support us in our pursuit of our dreams, desires, goals and passion, while also identifying the rituals that act as roadblocks. In identifying the roadblock rituals, we need to shift our thinking from unconsciously incompetent (not knowing what rituals are not supporting you) to consciously incompetent (actually knowing what you need to improve and creating the right ritual for you).
To identify the non-supportive rituals, you need to sit down and focus on what does not assist you in becoming the best you that you can be. Once identified, determine what the opposite to that ritual is for you.
It could be that not exercising is a ritual that ...