Living A FUNtastic Life (Part 51)

by Patrick Liew on December 19, 2011

Living a funtastic life is an adopted discipline and cultivated habit.

Recently, I discovered I am a creature of habits. I have chosen – consciously and unconsciously – to live by regular rituals and routines.

For example, when I wake up in the morning, I will put on some eye drops to clear my eyes and drink two glasses of water.

It got me thinking, if I can turn positive thoughts, words and behaviour into a habit – how much more funtastic my life will become.

I can think positively, eat healthily, speak effectively and live successfully. I will live a meaningful, exciting and fulfilling life.

How are habits formed?

First, habits start with a choice. When I make a decision, it’s like putting on a new mind, to do something I have never done before.

Secondly, to do that, I must be very clear about and dedicated to my motives and end-results. The more motivated I am, the more committed I am to turn the behavior into a habit.

Thirdly, I must transform the motivation into a commitment. A choice is a mental shift while commitment involves my whole being.

Making commitment is not a one-time affair. I need to re-commit to my goal on a regular basis.  Over time, the commitment and effort to live it out becomes an integral part of my being.

Fourthly, I have to unlearn, learn and re-learn how to program my behavior into my life. I must learn how to live it out well and long enough to turn it into a habit.

Fifthly, I must put in the necessary sacrifices to move out of my comfort zone, to plod on doubtful territory until I can pave a way through fruitful territory. I need to discipline myself to focus on my vision and goals and put in my best effort to turn it into a reality.

Habits can only be formed through regular rehearsals and repetitions. Every time I take action, I create a link between my behavior and the situation in which it occurs.

I form a neural pathway in my mind which will make the action easier to carry out. Over time, it becomes a natural part of me.

Sixthly, the more passionate I am about achieving my goals and enjoying the process, the stronger will be my resolve to create a real and lasting habit.

Last but not the least, I need to develop the environment to support my quest. I need to surround myself with supportive and influential people. I have to position myself in the right situation so that I can foster and entrench healthy habits.

Forming a positive habit is a lifelong commitment and effort. Once the habit is formed, I cannot afford to be complacent. There is a need to improve so that my habits become an unconscious competence.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Think: How can I make positivity a lifelong habit?



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