Have you ever known someone, a friend or work mate who just does something annoying all the time, like bite their nails, or say a tagline over and over again? You've probably seen what we like to call a bad habit. Okay, so here's another question, have you ever seen anyone constantly stayed positive in light of any bad situation? Chances are, you've probably met someone who has a good habit of staying positive consistently.
So I guess the simple definition would be that a habit, is just an action that you do consistently and you have may or may not have a conscious awareness of it. A lot of the time, we just act on things unconsciously, and as you may have experienced in your own life, some of these things might not be helpful to you.
A common occurrence is when people say "I can't be bothered," or "I just don't have the time," which initially have real substance and meaning to it, then eventually, after prolonged uses and exposures, it becomes habitual, and even could be an instant reaction. Getting into the habit of saying these simple expressions on a consistent basis could be devastating to your life, and you don't even realise it.
Good habits are hard to come by, but easy to live with. Bad habits come easy, but are hard to live with. - Shiv Khera
The importance of good habits stems in all streams of life. Usually, what separates winners from losers in sports, is just how good their overall habits are. The habit of their diet, the habit of their training regime, the habits of rest periods are all influences to an athlete's success. Athletes practise their talents and skills continuously, so that when it's time to perform, they perform at the best of their ability. However, practise in itself doesn't constitute a winning athlete. He must continually refine his habits, so that each shot, or stroke, or leap, or whatever it may be, is perfectly conditioned the way he wants it to be.
Practise only makes you perfect in what you practise. Practising mistakes perfectly, will make you perfect in making a mistake.
For example, golf players take years to perfect their shots, because just a small bad habit in form would produce a completely different result. By hitting the ball just 1mm could decide whether the ball lands out-of-bounds, on a sandbank or on the green. So just like athletes, we must consciously and continually refine our good habits, or it could completely change the result of our lives.
Whether we like it or not, our habits define us in every way, and if we don't consciously try to adopt "good habits," we'll subconsciously adopt myriad of potentially bad habits that could change the outcome of our lives.