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Social Proximity Effect: Your Friends' Habits Will Become Your Habits

Harness the Social Proximity Effect

... to improve any part of life: spending time around people with good habits will cause you to develop good habits.

For example: to improve your odds of starting a business, it will be hard to do from inside a cubicle surrounded by other people in other cubicles. To improve your odds of actually starting, find a friend who’s already done it or search for a local entrepreneurs get-together.

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Social Proximity Effect

You’ll mirror the habits of the people you spend the most time with. 

There’s nothing wrong with this. It’s simply a characteristic of humans and many other species. But it underlines the importance of being thoughtful about exactly what you expose yourself to for learning and who you spend time with and relate to.

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4. Use Triggers to Your Advantage

We often start habits and drop them a few days later. To combat this, you can use triggers to remind you to practice the habit. Examples of triggers:

  • Reading at the same time everyday will prime your brain to automatically trigger itself to begin reading.
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