Friday, February 6, 2009

Habits will Define You

For years here in Liberty Building, I have taken the stairs whenever possible. Unless I was holding coffee or something like a computer. I am on the wrong side of forty and I still do it.It's a way of getting some exercise in without making time for it. Yes in my rant about not being lazy , it 's motivated by laziness.

Even though I operate out of the 4th floor , my office mates are on the third. None of them take the stairs from the ground floor or to the ground floor. I have more excuses than some of them not to do what I do. It does not matter if they

a) younger than me

b) fatter then me (believe me that takes some doing)

c) shorter than me.

d) heavier than me. (see b)

e) take smoke breaks every 90 minutes

f) a,b,c,d and e.

I do not have perfect habits but this little I can do. Call it judgmental if you want fact remains , I have been taking the stairs for years and maybe this little piece might persuade some of you to take the stairs even once in a while when the elevator is a bit slow. The good thing about taking the stairs is I am rarely in the elevator with people who fall under category f. I judge that to be a good thing.


How to Create Daily Habits as Consistent as Brushing your Teeth
Think of any positive daily habit you would like to acquire. Daily exercise. Daily meditation. Spending more time with your kids. Now imagine two potential versions of yourself- one has acquired that daily habit for the long-term, the other has not. Which version of yourself would you prefer to be? If you chose the one with the positive daily habit, then why haven’t you already acquired it? What is stopping you? Most likely, accountability, acceptance, and 21 days.

We first make our habits and then our habits make us.

-John Dryden

You have already acquired the daily habit of brush your teeth each morning. When you were a kid, your parents probably got after you if you didn’t brush them. This habit is now so deeply ingrained in you, that if you accidentally forgot to brush them one day, you might feel a bit grossed out, and your mouth wouldn’t feel clean.

As an adult, when you try to acquire a new habit for the long-term, it may seem more difficult. For example, exercise routines can be tough to maintain. Most of us can easily start a work-out routine for a short period of time. It feels very good to work out at first. But what happens? Excuses. You get too tired. You have no time. You enjoyed working out at first, but it became boring.

Sustaining a positive daily habit, such as a daily workout routine, can be difficult in the long-term
The problem with only acquiring positive habits in the short-run is that you put in a lot of time and effort, but you don’t get to keep the results. It’s like giving up on the last leg of the race. You are so close, but you let excuses get in the way. Why did you even start in the first place if you don’t get to keep the results?

Instead of focusing on cultivating self-discipline, introduce rituals similar to brushing your teeth. Incremental change is better than ambitious failure. Success feeds off of itself.

-Tal Ben-Shahar, Happier

Take a moment to think about a positive habit you tried to acquire for the long-term in the past, but only kept for the short-term. What stopped you? Chances are, the habit never became a ritual.

Tips to Creating Daily Habits for the Long-Term
Here are three tips to creating a new daily habit for the long-term:

1) You must practice your new habit each day consistently for the first 21 days

You’ve probably heard this one before, but scientifically, it has been proven as true. If you don’t perform your new daily habit every single day for 21 days, chances are, you won’t keep it. It will never become as ingrained as something like brushing your teeth. It is easier to stay consistent during the first 21 days if you perform the habit at the same time each day.

2) To succeed, you must be accountable to yourself

You aren’t always going to have someone else to be accountable to. So be accountable to yourself! I’ve found it is easiest to do this by keeping a daily log tracking my progress in maintaining positive habits.

3) To succeed, you must accept yourself

Should you give up the first day you don’t perform your positive habit? Of course not- you are only human. Accept yourself in your present moment, while understanding that your future self will be better-able to maintain the positive habit. Then move on without looking back.

That’s it. Now you get to keep the results of your positive habit for the long-term. I’ve tried this, and it works. After 21 days of practicing the new daily habit, if you keep yourself accountable, and are accepting of your mistakes, you will succeed. It’s best to try it with one habit at a time. Your daily habit will then become so ingrained in your daily schedule that not performing it will be like not brushing your teeth.

Motivation Tips
5 Easy Daily Habits To Supercharge Your Personal Success And EffectivenessBy:Warren H Wojnowski

How would you like to discover 5 easy daily habits that supercharge your personal success and effectiveness?
As a student of personal development and self improvement, you've no doubt come to the understanding that everything you achieve in life is fundamentally determined by your thinking. Thoughts are real things which lead to a feeling, which lead to an action, which lead to an outcome. This is the basis by which you create your life.

So it stands to reason that no matter what you wish to create in your life, applying a consistent daily practice - a routine - that will promote good thinking habits can only serve you in creating more of what you want in life ... and help to make you much more proficient at the same time.

In my experience, I've come to see the power of applying five very basic practices into my daily routine that have become strong habits and which have served to strengthen my ability to deliberately apply Law of Attraction in my life. No doubt you've heard of all of these, but have you made them a daily habit for yourself in order to benefit from their combined power? Perhaps not.

If one or more of these elements is missing from your routine, you may find yourself struggling in one or more areas of your life.

Daily Practice 1: Regular self improvement time every day

As John Henry Newman said, "Growth is the only evidence of life". So contribute to your growth as a leader in your own life by spending focused time on your personal growth and development every day.

Or don't, in which case you are really choosing to stop living. Spend even just 20 minutes writing out your goals and affirmations. Listen to a CD. Read an inspiring book. Learn from the masters. Feed yourself every day with positive thoughts and messages. Begin to integrate these things into your day and develop the habit of doing so daily. By doing so, you are feeding your mind in a positive way.

Daily Practice 2: Quiet your mind and then visualize your success every day

Professional athletes and top business leaders know the power of visualization. Self help teachers through history have extolled the virtues of learning to quiet your mind with meditation. At least once a day, take the time to quiet your mind and connect with who you intend to be - the CEO of you, the leader of you, the inspiring leader of your own life who has massive results and success at whatever you choose. Use a brief meditation to quiet the rampant mind chatter ... take a couple of deep breaths, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing for even for just a couple of minutes. That's all it need to take.

Then visualize in your mind you are achieving your goals. The goals needn't be major, just ensure they reflect something you really want. Is it a new car? Great ... visualize yourself looking at new cars. See and enter the dealership in your mind. Sit in the car in the show room. Visualize your taking the car for a test drive. Where are you driving? How does it handle? How does the new car smell? Now visualize completing your offer sheet and choosing all the options you want. Picture yourself picking up the keys and taking delivery of your car. Professional sprinters will visualize their entire race from entering the starting blocks, right through to the finish line. There's incredible power in doing that. You, too, will experience tremendous results just from taking 5 minutes each day to visualize you achieving what you want in specific detail. So find a time when you can be alone for 5 minutes and do it. 3.

Daily Practice 3: Schedule one hour of core time.

Set aside one hour, which you've explicitly scheduled in your day, which is your uninterrupted time spent only on activities that will move you closer to your goals. What are those activities? The more time you spend visualizing the clearer the path to follow to get there will become. You will find yourself inspired to take actions - your inner voice will begin to guide you. Perhaps it's taking a course, or undertaking project, or starting a home business ... whatever the appropriate steps happen to be, they will become clear to you.

Just be sure to set aside the time to actually do them. If you can't find the time, then get up an hour earlier or go to bed an hour later. No matter what, find the hour. And protect that hour jealously. It is in this time that you ultimately make your dreams come true. It is this time that you are taking the action that needs to be taken. 4. Lead yourself in everything you do

Daily Practice 4: Set the expectation of leadership in everything you do.

What does this mean?

Simply, it means holding yourself accountable for actually doing what you say you intend to do. What's the one action you can take today that helps to move your forward in the direction of your goals? You already know what it is because you've done the visualization. So the next thing for you to do is to actually do it. Don't wait for someone else to do it for you. Action is what makes it all come together. Consistently take the action you've identified (which you can do in your scheduled core time) puts you in integrity with yourself and send a clear signal to the Universe that you're ready to begin receiving what you want.

Daily Practice 5: Mastermind with other people

Spend time with others who are successful in what they do and are effective leaders. These may be people you already know, such as business associates, friends or co-workers. Or you may need to start to make new friends and build new networks in your community.

Other leaders are easy to spot. They are successful. Build relationships with them. Exchange ideas. You learn the most from people who are already accomplishing that to which you aspire.
Make a point of hanging around with people who will help you get better. Spend at least 30 minutes masterminding every day. It may take the form of a phone conversation. Or a lunch. Or exchanging emails. Or listening to a presentation. Or joining a club or association.

It doesn't matter so long as you make a habit of doing some kind of masterminding it every day. Consistently applying these five daily personal development habits will ensure you maintain a healthy mindset and high energy. They will make you more effective in all aspects of your life.

Warren H Wojnowski

Building a daily personal development practice is one of the most powerful things you can do to propel you forward in your success. Warren Wojnowski is one of the great new teachers in the world of self improvement personal success using universal law. Discover how to get his eBook for FREE at

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