How To Start New Habits That Actually Stick

Useful & Interesting:

Let’s try a little exercise. Grab a pen and paper. Quickly write down three things or activities that you are currently doing that you would prefer not to do. Don’t over think. Go with what comes to mind quickly. Next, write down three things or activities you are not doing that you would like to be doing. From these lists, spend a minute or two reflecting and ranking each in order of what would be most beneficial to you. What would most help you improve yourself?

Take each of your number one rankings; something you now do that you would rather not want to be doing, and something you’re not now doing that you would like to be doing, and set up the three R’s of habits around them. Reminder, Routine, Reward. Commit to this for just a few weeks, or 21 days, or really any amount of time you can comfortably commit to. My biggest tip for you is the reminder- don’t leave it to yourself to do the routine each day– you might well forget!  For detailed instructions on how to do this check out James Clear’s blog article “The 3 R’s of Habit Change: How To Start New Habits That Actually Stick “. It’s useful and interesting.

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Book I’m Reading (or re-reading):

“The Power of Positive Thinking” — Norman Vincent Peale (Overcome life’s problems and seize opportunities)

Video or Movie I’m Watching (or re-watching):

Change Your Mind & Become Successful (35 minutes of mojo)

Random Hack:

6 Mental Adjustments to Help You Work Less and Accomplish More

Quote of the Week:

“What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.”        —Buddha

Everything worthwhile is uphill

Useful & Interesting:

THE VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE HILL By John Maxwell  

Everything worthwhile is uphill.

I’ve been saying that a lot lately. Because it’s a fact. Almost everything that has value, almost everything that has purpose, requires work on our part to attain it. We have to put in the effort to get what to where we want to go.

If everything worthwhile is uphill, that means you have to make the choice to go and get it. You have to put one foot in front of the other and take that hill a step at a time. You must grow and stretch yourself a little every day. You may not conquer a mountain at first, but for every hill you do conquer, you gain confidence for the next climb. And there is always another hill to start climbing from the bottom.

I’m at a point in my life where I could choose to coast – I’ve been climbing hills for over forty years now. People ask me all the time when I’m going to retire, or if I’m ever going to take it easy. And I’ll tell you what I tell them: I’m not ready to coast. So why do I keep climbing?

Because what I’m going after every day in this season of life is worth it. The growth I discover as I push toward the top of my current hill is worth more to me than the temporary joy I’d get from coasting, even for a little while. And that’s the secret. Whatever you put at the top of your hill, it must be something that makes the journey worth it.

So what about you? Have you been coasting?

Book I’m Reading (or re-reading):

“Be Obsessed or be Average”  — Grant Cardone
(Like drinking from a fire hose, wow!)

Video or Movie I’m Watching (or re-watching):

The MetaPhysical Secret – Law Of Attraction (1:30 Full Movie, some blah blah, but the overall point should be absorbed. You won’t even notice the Asian subtitles after a while.)

Random Hack:

How to Chit Chat  video

The Art of Conversation: Stop Zoning Out and Waiting to Talk  Article

Quote of the Week:

“It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined” —Henry James

Stealing from Think and Grow Rich

Try This: Read Your Chief Aim Aloud

Stealing from Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill: Write down whatever it is you want to build for yourself in life. Then every morning and every night, read that aloud. Out loud– Hear it in your voice and in your heart– Welcome it into the world.

The following summary of Napoleon Hills 17 principles is useful and interesting. Check it out. Numbers 1, 3,9,13, and 17 are my favorites. Less Brown shares a moving number 13 in this weeks video.

Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill:  (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American author and impresario from the new thought tradition of the previous century to become an early producer of personal-success literature.  Hill wrote that the turning point in his life had been a 1908 assignment to interview the industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie  In 1908, Carnegie was among the most powerful men in the world. Hill wrote that Carnegie had actually met with him at that time and challenged him to interview wealthy people to discover a simple formula for success and that he had gone on to interview many successful people of the time.

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Book I’m Reading (or re-reading):

Think and Grow Rich” – Napolean Hill 1937 classic
(Book number two in anyone’s library… after the Bible)

Video or Movie I’m Watching (or re-watching):

Les Brown: Raise your value
(23 minutes- gets emotional at 11 mins- well worth listening to)

 

Random Hack:

How to be more interesting in 12 simple steps

 

Quote of the Week:

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve” – Napoleon Hill