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Habit Creep: The Proven and Totally Unsexy Secret to Success

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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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.

Changing long term-behaviors

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

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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Equilibrium and change

Our daily routines are governed by the balance between our environment, our genetic potential and many other forces. All of these forces are interacting each day, but we rarely notice how they shape our behaviors.That is, until we try to make a change. - James Clear

The myth of Radical Change

The myth of radical change and overnight success is pervasive in our culture. Any quest for rapid growth contradicts every stabilizing force in our lives. Remember, the natural tendency of life is to find stability.

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Keystone Habits

They tend to have ripple effects which change your behavior in unexpected ways.

The power of a keystone habit draws from its ability to set off a chain reaction that causes other...

Examples of Keystone Habits

Exercising regularly is for many people a keystone habit because when they do it, they also make healthier eating and life choices and procrastinate less.

Other keystone habits include: meditation, reading, writing and socialising. They provide a nice foundation for a healthy life in all domains

Identify Your Keystone Habits

Look for behaviors that have a ripple effect, and change your other behaviors without extra effort. 

Also, pay attention to how you see yourself when you do a particular habit: Does it change your self-image? Do you feel better when you think of yourself as a person?

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Willpower is like a muscle

Just like going to the gym and building up strength, the more you train your willpower by accomplishing tasks on a consistent basis

Self-Discipline - a series of healthy habits

Long term change is better served by building better habits, than by forcing your willpower. 

You will choose the apple over the cake for a number of times ... and then give up. Building a habit to start the day by going to the gym will work better.

Habits = “automatic” responses...

 ...to familiar environmental cues. 

They form when you engage in a behavior repeatedly in the presence of consistent stimuli.

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