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7 Steps to Developing a Habit

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This article was posted recently by Brian Tracy. It is a great article and talks a lot about the basic premise of my book “The 3-Week Miracle”. I hope you enjoy it!

By Brian Tracy:
How long does it take to develop a new habit? The time period can be any length from a single second to several years. The speed of new habit pattern development is largely determined by the intensity of the emotion that accompanies the decision to begin acting in a particular way.
Many people think, talk about and resolve to lose weight and become physically fit. This may go on for years. Then one day, the doctor says that, “If you don’t get your weight down and improve your physical condition, you are in danger of dying at an early age.”

Suddenly, the thought of dying can be so intense or frightening that the individual immediately changes his diet, begins exercising, stops smoking and becomes a healthy and fit person.… Read the rest!

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Stress! How Do You Beat It?

Picture      A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience. She raised a glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’ But she fooled them all… “How heavy is this glass of water?”, she inquired with a smile.
The answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I
hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress.
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The Strangling Root

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     Recently my wife and I took a trip to Costa Rica. One morning we kayaked along the coast to a secluded beach where the rainforest came almost right up to the water. There were enormous, lush trees all along the hills sloping down toward the beach. One particular tree stood out because it was so big and the trunk bent at a 90 degree angle over the water.
I exclaimed to our guide how amazing that tree was.
“Too bad it is dying inside.” he said.
His response took me by surprise. “What do you mean it is dying? It looks so green and strong.”
“Look more closely. Tell me if you see anything out of the ordinary.”
As I moved in I did notice something.
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Could You Change If You Wanted To?

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    Is change good or bad? When you think about it, life is all about making changes. Self-improvement is nothing more than a string of small changes for the better. Self-destruction is a string of increasingly bad changes leading to our demise. Yet if we do nothing or are unwilling to change at all, we become stagnant and start moving backwards. So, to improve our lives we need to consistently change positions and take another step forward. We need to change.

Almost everybody that I coach tells me the same thing, “I know I need to make some changes but I don’t know if I can do it.” Businesses commonly tell me, “We want to achieve ______ but we’re not sure if that can work in our business.”

Today I want to talk about a theory introduced by psychologists Prochaska and DiClemente in the 1970’s as they studied methods that helped some smokers to be able to quit while others were unable.Read the rest!

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Increase Your Willpower!

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Editor’s note: This is a great post I found from Ian Newby-Clark of My Bad Habits.

“Control yourself!” We all say it, mostly to ourselves. We say it when we ‘indulge’ in behaviors that cause short-term gain for long-term pain…and guilt. I cite many of the usual suspects: eating the wrong things, being lazy, staying up too late, indulging in destructive behaviors. There are others, of course. Why do we do such things? After all, aren’t we entirely in control of ourselves all of the time?

Nope.

Research tells us that willpower is a limited resource. Each of us only has so much of it. The studies demonstrating this are rather ingenious. I will share one of my favorites with you, though there are many more.

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7 Easy Ways to Improve a Bad Day

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Found this great information from Geoffrey Jamesat Inc. Magazine:Had a lousy morning? Things looking grim?

Not to worry. The rest of your day need not be a disaster. It can in fact become one of your best, providing you take these simple steps:

1. Remember that the past does not equal the future.

There is no such thing as a “run of bad luck.” The reason people believe such nonsense is that the human brain creates patterns out of random events and remembers the events that fit the pattern.

2. Refuse to make self-fulfilling prophesies. 

If you believe the rest of your day will be as challenging as what’s already happened, then rest assured: You’ll end up doing something (or saying) something that will make sure that your prediction comes true.

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Entropy: The Silent Killer of Your Success

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Okay, okay, I know that nobody wants to read about Thermodynamics on a Monday but bear with me for a second because it applies to all of us and our struggle to improve our lives.

The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics basically says: The universe is constantly getting more disorderly. Things have a tendency to move from structure and order into disorder and chaos.

The name for this is entropy. More disorder = more entropy.

So everything in the Universe will always try to change from a very neat and orderly state into one of chaos and disorder.


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I know this is getting slow but stay with me for a second as we look at some examples:

1. An ice cube sitting on a counter-top will change from nice orderly water molecules, into flowing and disorganized water molecules.… Read the rest!

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“Future You” – The Reason We Order Big Macs

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A few years ago McDonald’s introduced it’s health-conscious menu with salads and fruit included. Amazingly, Big Mac and french fry sales jumped by 22% almost overnight! How does that make any sense? The answer lies in this little-known fact: there are 2 of you!Did you know that there are 2 of you? There is the current “You” and then there is “Future You” or maybe “You 2.0”. How are they different? Let’s find out:

“You” is the person you are today. You have good qualities and bad qualities, sometimes you are pro-active and sometimes you procrastinate. You may feel too tired to put energy into some activities. You may act on impulses or hate to exercise. You probably really dislike doing the laundry or yard work.

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Are You Fully Committed?

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A friend of mine, Stuart Anderson, once told me a great story about commitment which I will try to share here:
To the left is the symbol known as the “Red Hand of Ulster”. It is found on the flag of Northern Ireland. Where did it come from?The legend goes that in about 500 B.C. the chief baron of Ireland passed away leaving no apparent leader to rule in his stead. Two men came forward claiming the throne. A man named McDermott and another man named Heremon O’Niell. The argument over who would be the leader threatened to divide the kingdom into warring factions.

As an alternative, the two men decided to have a race. Whoever could row their boat to the other side and touch the land on the far bank first would become the king.

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“Why Did I Do That?” – Beware of Ego-Depletion

Lately I have been reading a lot of books about willpower and habit formation. I have been fascinated by some of the new studies suggesting that willpower is a finite resource. These studies show, in various ways, that we may only have so much willpower to utilize on any given day. If we make a lot of tough decisions early in the day, we are more likely to give in to a temptation later that evening. This phenomena has been termed “ego-depletion.”
Below is a great blog post from Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. This was posted on Tim Ferris’ blog earlier today:

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From your own experience, are you more likely to finish half a pizza by yourself on a) Friday night after a long work week or b) Sunday evening after a restful weekend?… Read the rest!

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