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A Formula for Creating Good Habits and Meeting Your Goals
Goals are well-intended but easily forgotten. How you spend most of your days defines your life, not the moments on the weekend you remember to exercise, eat consciously, or call a friend. Goals get lost under the weight of emails and texts, looming deadlines, conflicts you dread handling, urgent problems that must be addressed, and people who must have your attention right now.

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Changing your habits

Our lives are defined by how we regularly spend our days. It is not determined by the occasional moments when we suddenly remember to exercise or call a friend.

To create new habits requires ...

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Your brain thinks in pictures

The brain places information into maps and pictures for quick recollection. We not only remember the past, but we also collect pictures of what we believe is possible in the future.

Th...

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Find your vision

Ask yourself:

  • What new behaviors would you love to make into habits?
  • What emotions do you want to experience more of?
  • Who do you want to hang out with?

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Use keywords

Use keywords

Choose one word that summarizes your vision. Remember this keyword when your day starts to spin out of control. It can help to put elements of your vision in mind to keep you focussed.

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Document your success

Your brain needs reminders of the evidence that your goal is achievable and worth the effort.

  • Take at least five minutes after you stop working to acknowledge the positive step...

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Creating habits takes time

Research shows forming new habits can take anywhere from a few weeks to months.

By creating visions, you can support your desire to continue with your habits.

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Devote at least 15 minutes a day to your change.

Even if it’s just a walk around your neighborhood, one less cigarette, reading an inspirational article, do it. Mix it up, too. No one wants t...

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Behavior modification teaches us that we repeat behaviors that make us feel good. What’s your payoff for not changing? 

Until the goal becomes larger than the payoff, you’re always going to choose feeling good over feeling uncomfortable.

Set realistic goals

Start with one behavior at a time.

Instead of concentrating on losing 20 pounds in 20 days, for example, make a goal to simply begin by eating five fruits and vegetables a day.  

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How To Choose Good Habits

  • Envision your ideal end result. What are you going to achieve?
  • Write it down. It will serve as a powerful motivation, especially if you include why you want it.

Good Habits For Health and Fitness

  • Regular Aerobic Exercise: Great for both your physical and mental health. Increases the production of dopamine and boosts creativity.
  • Preparing Your Own Meals. It’ll take some getting used to, but it’s a habit that’ll boost your health, wealth and productivity. 

Good Habits For Finance and Wealth

  • Create a Household Budget: the best habit to help you save money. A household budget helps to encourage frugality and discourage impulse spending. You’ll feel more motivated to engage in other good financial habits once you’ve got this in place.
  • Financial Audits. This involves frequent checks as to whether you’re spending your money as wisely as possible.

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Set priorities

Instead of browsing social media, use that time to exercise or do something that actually helps you.

Set your priorities and the time for them. Once scheduled, they will become second nature....

It doesn’t take that long

Once you decide what you want to do, it takes little time to do it. For exercise, fifteen minutes is all it takes to get your heart pumping, and you're done for the day.

Sharing too soon

Even though you want to share with the world that you've gone to the gym or started a diet, don't share your progress until you've done it for three or six months. It will keep you going for longer and make you consistent. 

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