Not all habits are created equal.
Some habits have more of an impact over your life than others. Some require more effort than others. Some create a sort of domino effect over other habits, overpowering them, minimizing them or even eliminating them completely. And some are temporary habits, habits adopted temporarily in order to help you achieve your goals or realize your dreams.
Running a marathon requires, for most, at least six months of prep time. It forces you to adopt certain temporary habits that will help you increase the number of miles you log every week. There are days in which you will run many miles and recovery days in which you will run fewer miles.
The Medcaps require that you study for six to eight months, two to three hours a day. The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam requires very much the same dedication. As does the bar exam and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam. Certain exams require that you adopt specific temporary habits that will help you pass the exam. When the exam is over, the need for those habits comes to an end.
When you write a book, you must devote many hours every day to writing and research. A typical book can take anywhere from two months to two years to write, depending on the number of words, the genre and the research required for the book. All of the things that go into writing a book – the writing, the research and the editing – require that you adopt certain habits until you complete the book. But when the book is done, you put away those habits until the next book.
Temporary habits are typically transformative habits. They are a very unique and powerful category of habit that alters the course of your life dramatically. When you embark on any dream, such as getting into med school, becoming a CPA, Attorney, CFP or a published writer, temporary habits make that dream possible.
Every successful individual uses temporary habits to help them become successful. They are, in many respects, the most important type of habit because they make success possible.