When it comes to setting goals and reaching them, there is a lot of talk about supportive habits that help you achieve your goals. We have to also talk about unsupportive habits, which are holding you in place or dragging you down and you need to get free from them.
An unsupportive habit almost always has an addictive behaviour associated with it. Addictive habit is a little harder to identify as not being supportive of your goals because it brings you some satisfaction when you engage in it.
There are 5 characteristics by which you can recognize an addictive habit or behaviour. These are:
- Compulsive attempts to get pleasure, which often…
- We cannot stop them even when we want to;
- It hurts us and at the same time…
- It also hurts those around us.
- This habit starts without you realizing it
Addictions in the modern world
The subject of addictions is probably not so common at business conferences in general. It’s not something sexy to talk about.
This phenomenon is so important today that people have dedicated an entire field of study to it! The Seed System is mostly aimed at professionals, such as a doctor, a businessman, an entrepreneur, a corporate director, or probably a government official: someone who influences other people and aspires to achieve great things in their professional life, and personal also.
Surprisingly, people who achieve great things are often prone to addiction because of the very same traits that make them great and are often pushed to addiction by the conditions commonly found in positions of authority and privilege. They have an urge to achieve which they cannot ignore and which must be satisfied, which is simply another kind of addiction. The pressure they feel to perform is intense, and they often have no place to vent that pressure.
The dangerous combination of an executive’s naturally addictive tendencies
and environmental conditions that promote addiction makes this an urgent topic to address so that we can do great things in life without making mistakes that may hurt or damage us.
Executives and others who work in high-powered positions often feel as though they carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. These individuals often work from early in the morning until late at night, and sometimes they even work through the night. The issues they encounter on a daily basis would be enough to cause most people to quit their jobs, and yet, they persevere. For many executives, the only way they know how to keep going is to opt to use substances as their fuel. Their lives are fast-paced and intense.
Many overworked professionals are in a state of anxious desperation for peace of mind and relaxation time and may try to find temporary comfort in substances like alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, or sugar, or activities like gambling or sex. Our modern culture seems to almost promote or even encourage these things as “normal” or “cool” or “fun,” that everyone does.
These habits may begin innocently and then quickly become addictions that destroy lives both professionally and personally. Many extremely talented professionals have as a result lost their entire careers and ruined their potential to do something that benefits the others around them. There are many sad examples of successful people who suffered greatly from addiction, such as performers like Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Kurt Cobain; authors like Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and Edgar Allen Poe; businesspeople like Howard Hughes; and great thinkers like Sigmund Freud, Carl Sagan, and Winston Churchill. Many lost everything and eventually died as a result.
So if you want to completely avoid the unpleasant effects of such a habit, but at the same time benefit from the pleasure or sensation you have from an object of addiction, I invite you to explore this area of life by investigating the real cause where the satisfaction or the pleasure comes from.
Studying the seed system and investigating where relaxation and happiness really come from can help people to avoid destroying their personal lives and careers. It will physically save their lives. More importantly, though, it will help them learn to plant seeds to create an upward spiral in their personal and professional lives and careers, and ultimately to benefit and inspire everyone around them by becoming a living example.