Changing Habits

A habit is something that you do so often and so regularly that it becomes automatic. This is a behavior that you can easily repeat.

Our habits are directly related to our comfort and well-being. The process of adapting to our environment is what creates a habit. With habits we don't have to constantly experiment or deal with unknown risks.

Our habits help define us. The way we adapt to our environment and how we typically behave say a lot about who we are as human beings. What do we know about someone with the habit of not eating meat? What about someone with the habit of smoking cigarettes? How about the person with the habit of running five miles each day?

Do you have a habit that you would like to get rid of?  I was just listening to Bob Proctor (Six Minutes To Success) this morning and he talked about habits and what we need to do to be successful.

Replace Rather than Change a Habit

Habits are extremely difficult to change because they are tied to our identities. Notice that I haven't said anything about “breaking a habit.” I avoid that terminology because, as Bob said,  a habit is dependent on repetition. Therefore, if we replace the activity that is the former habit–such as lighting a cigarette after dinner–with some other activity–such as taking a walk or chewing a stick of gum–the repetition ceases and the coding of the smoking habit is reduced dramatically.

The key to succeeding in replacing old habits with new ones is ensuring that the new behaviors are more appealing, effective, and beneficial than their predecessors.

In effect, replacing less effective habits with more effective ones, and creating new habits that foster greater success and well-being, is the most expedient ways to increase and expand your personal brilliance.

It’s impressive to recognize that all the great leaders in all walks of life, and during all periods of history, have attained their leadership by the application of their abilities behind a definite major purpose. It’s no less impressive to observe that those who are classified as failures have no such purpose but they go around and around like a ship without a rudder, coming back always empty handed to their starting point.”  From Napoleon Hill's The Master Key To Riches

Think about the things you do that are habits that serve you – taking a shower, getting dressed, brushing your teeth, driving your car, etc.  What are some of the things you would like to change.  Think about their polar opposite.  As Mike Kemski says everything is a duality – black and white, pros and cons, clean and dirty – look at what is the exact opposite of the bad habit and choose to make that a good habit.  Think about it and practice it daily for at least a month in order to make it a habit.  If you miss a day, start over.

It takes 3 weeks to make or break a habit and in 90 days you can completely change your life.

Choose which habit you will transform to create a new and better U

To your life changing success




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