As you have identified the life you want to create yourself, your habits will get you there. Habits are the key to better controlling how your brain reacts to situations. Good habits will keep you on track and progressing regardless of the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity you encounter. Habits serve as a type of mental shortcut, allowing us to conserve mental energy and focus on more important tasks. You have a finite amount of energy each day—so if you can upgrade your subconscious mind, (through habits), you’ll have a more reliable System One brain (fast, subconscious) response, and a wiser System Two (deliberate and conscious) response.
Habits are built over time and persistence. Rituals, nudges, and choosing to step out of your comfort zone will over time become a more comfortable routine. As you keep up with the routine, it will rewire your brain and create a habit. While you move from your comfort zone, to your fear zone, and to your growth zone, you shift from short term gratification to delayed gratification. Your current growth zone will one day become your comfort zone, and your growth zone will become even greater. Through this journey, you will realize the progress you’ve built over time.