During my high school days, a friend dared me to take a drag of his cigarette. The experience was terrible, and I almost coughed up a lung. I remember asking him if he thought smoking was a good idea the first time he tried it, and his response shocked me. He admitted that he didn’t like it at first, but he got used to it after a few weeks and started to enjoy it.

I couldn’t fathom how someone could continue to do something when they agreed it tasted terrible and could potentially harm them. Years later, when I started going to the gym before work, a colleague asked me if I genuinely enjoyed putting my body through such pain and effort. I replied that I didn’t like it at first, but after a few weeks, I was hooked.

The similarities between my friend’s experience with smoking and my own with exercise were striking. I started to reflect on the concept of habits and how they shape our lives, both positively and negatively. Smoking, exercise, drinking, and even reading books are all habits that require a certain level of discomfort before they become part of our routine.

If we want to change our lives, we must start by examining our habits. Which ones are holding us back, and which ones are building us up? Whether it’s a bad habit that needs to be broken or a new habit that needs to be established, the process often involves a period of discomfort and perseverance.

Our habits play a significant role in shaping who we are and where we are headed. If we want to create a better future for ourselves, we must be intentional about the habits we form and the ones we break. So, take a moment to evaluate your habits and make changes where necessary, and you’ll be amazed at the transformation that can occur.

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