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Building habits

The basic process for building all habits is basically the same: you repeatedly condition the behavior you want, over time, until it becomes automatic.

But no habit starts out automatic; there’s a deliberate period, where you must consciously apply yourself to make a certain behavior your default.

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2 main ways you can condition a habit:

The goal is to do it every day (if possible) but if you miss a day, you must do the habit the following day.

Keep track of how many days in a row you’ve successfully followed your habit. As your chain gets longer and longer, you become increasingly committed to the habit.

Avoid thinking about changing a habit, but instead think about changing your self-conception.

Ignore the process of creating habits altogether and simply focus on a project that will force them to occur.

You commit to some change for 30 days, then tou can go back to your old ways. But having spent thirty days applying a new behavior is often enough to convince you to stick with it.

It means practicing the habit a bunch of times in an artificial situation so that it occurs more automatically in real life.

This strategy works by deputizing others to enforce your habit for you.

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