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Techniques for Installing Good Habits

  • Set yourself up to succeed. Any new habit has to work inside your life and lifestyle.
  • Think addition, not subtraction. Think what you can choose to “add in” so you can enrich your life experience.
  • Go for a Public Display of Accountability. Once you put it out there on the public record, you knows that you'll be held responsible for any action.
  • Find a success buddy .There are few things as powerful as two people locked arm and arm marching toward the same goal.
  • Competition & camaraderie. There’s nothing like a friendly contest to whet your competitive spirit and immerse yourself in a new habit with a bang.
  • Celebrate. There should be a time to celebrate, to enjoy some of the fruits of your victories along the way.

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Challenging areas in your life

Consider how you’re doing in the following areas:

  • Finances. Are you feeling financial pressure in your life? Do you have all the things you need or really want? How much money do you have in savings? Do you have the income you desire? Is that income secure?
  • Relationships. Are your relationships satisfying? 
  • Health. Are you taking good care of yourself? 
  • Fun & Adventure. Are you doing the things you really want to do?
  • Any other aspect of your life in which you’re experiencing dissatisfaction. 

If you’re not pleased with your life, a limiting belief could be the cause.