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Transform Your Life By Transforming Your Habits - Darius Foroux

Set the bar very low

Focus on small things. Build a strong foundation. Without it, we can never achieve anything meaningful:

  • Want to run daily? Start by walking.
  • Want to write a book? Write once sentence.
  • Want to start a business? Get one client.
  • Want to read two books a week? Read one page a day.

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Habits and success

Habits change your life, but they don't guarantee success.

Waking up early, working hard, and taking cold showers do not cause success. They contribute to it, but they may be insufficient.

Decide what habits are worth it

It's up to you to define what a good habit is. This critical to forming new habits. 

To find your why, your reason to change, just ask yourself this: “Will habit x improve the quality of my life?”  Answer that. And then, adopt habits that bring you closer to the things you want in life.

Focus on one habit at a time

We overestimate ourselves most of the time. And that's one of the reasons we try to do so many things at the same time, in a short period.

We can achieve a lot over a long period. So focus on one thing at a time. Stack one habit on top of the other, one by one.

Set the bar very low

Focus on small things. Build a strong foundation. Without it, we can never achieve anything meaningful:

  • Want to run daily? Start by walking.
  • Want to write a book? Write once sentence.
  • Want to start a business? Get one client.
  • Want to read two books a week? Read one page a day.

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Use checklists

When you want to do something, you start doing it and then you forget about it. We must use checklists to remind ourselves of what we’re trying to achieve.

Check off your habits daily. One day, you’ll be surprised by how much your life changed by such, seemingly, small habits.

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... are built from small actions that you take every day.

It is your habits that will determine who you are and what you can accomplish in the future.

Start Your Day Early

Wake up early and you can spend some undisturbed time alone and do your most important tasks or get ready for what is coming during the day.

You may feel uneasy and uncomfortable at first, but you need to overcome it and turn it into a habit. Wake up 15 minutes earlier and gradually improve from there can be a good strategy.

Spend 30 Minutes Into Reading

You can do this either in the morning before you start your day or before you sleep at night. Read relevant books that will improve your knowledge or just read personal development books.

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Taking On Two Or More Habits At Once

No matter how much enthusiasm we have for the goals, taking on even just two habits at once is setting ourselves up for failure, because greatly increases the difficulty of sticking to it.

Pick only one habit to change and devote all of your energy to that, and once it’s on autopilot, move on to the next one.

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The 2–Minute Rule allows you to develop a process of consistently taking action, regardless of goal achievement. The focus is on taking action and letting things flow from there.

The 2–Minute Rule works for big and small goals because of the inertia of life. Once you start doing something, it’s easier to continue doing it. And beginning is the hardest part of a new habit — not just the first time, but each time.

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They generate an impulse to do a behavior with little or no conscious thought.

By forming a habit, the brain frees the mind to do other things without deliberation. So behaviors that require concentration, deliberation, or extended effort, are not habits.

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Motivation is not driven by pleasure and pain, but rather by the desire to escape discomfort.

Our brains get our bodies to do what they want through discomfort. And the same rule applies to psychological discomfort. 

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  1. Keep It Small — It’s about thinking big and acting small. You’ll achieve those big goals in time.

  2. Measure Your Progress — If you don’t measure your progress, it’s safe to say that you are not making any. 

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Changing your beliefs about yourself
  1. Decide the type of person you want to be;
  2. Prove it to yourself with small wins;

You have to become the type of person you want to be, and that starts with proving your new identity to yourself.

Do Something

The simplest way to get out of a stuck mindset is to do something, anything.

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Pay the Costs

Recognize that everything you do has a cost decide if you're willing to pay it. Freebies and shortcuts do not work in the long run.

Ask yourself not what you want, but what you're willing to suffer for. 

No One Really Cares

Few people actually care about you. Because you’re not as special as you think and also, most people are too concerned with themselves.

Use this piece of knowledge to liberate yourself and do what you want.

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Be Proactive

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Begin with the End in Mind

Start with a clear destination to determine your steps. Identify your values and live by them.

  • Visualize in detail your own funeral. What are they saying about how you lived your life, and your relationships? What do you want them to say? Change your priorities accordingly.
  • Break down different roles in your life - whether professional, personal or in a community. List 3-5 goals you want to achieve for each. 
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Go after your goals

Prioritize your day-to-day actions based on what is most important, not what is most urgent.

Be disciplined to follow these actions regardless of how you feel at any given moment. Maintain a primary focus on relationships and results, and a secondary focus on time.

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