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Habit Creep: The Proven and Totally Unsexy Secret to Success

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Habit Creep: The Proven and Totally Unsexy Secret to Success
There is a common phenomenon in the world of personal finance called "lifestyle creep." It describes our tendency to buy bigger, better, and nicer things as our income rises. For example, say that you receive a promotion at work and suddenly you have $10,000 more of income each year.

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Lifestyle creep

Lifestyle creep

It's our tendency to buy bigger, better, and nicer things as our income rises. 

It describes a very reliable way that human behavior changes over the long-term. It happens slowly and can be applied to other areas of life when deciding to make a change.

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Changing long term-behaviors

Changing long term-behaviors
  1. Increase your performance by a little bit each day.
  2. Change your environment to remove small distractions and barriers.

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Slow adjustments lead to big changes

Slow adjustments lead to big changes

Improve your normal day and the results will take care of themselves. We naturally make long-term changes in our lives by slowly adjusting our normal everyday habits and behaviors.

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