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The 4 Ways to Successfully Adopt New Habits

Adopting new ideas, or methods is difficult to do, just ask anyone trying to start an ongoing exercise program or diet. 

And, there are work habits (can I possibly NOT spend most of my day dealing with emails?) and scheduling issues (can I live untethered to my smartphone for an evening or a day) as well. 

Here's some insight on how you can increase the likelihood of successfully adopting some of those new habits.

And please if you find this helpful, Pass It On, somewhere out there there's someone who's looking for advice just like the video below. 

Let's Get Started

Somewhere, amidst all the clutter and confusion, most of it fueled by our innate ability to procrastinate, lies something subtly important; a starting point.  

Of course the bigger question remains, why we don't start things. Especially the things that we know we should start and just can't seem to begin.  

We convince ourselves, I think that the reason that we can't change jobs, or set out on a new career or make a radical change to our diet or overall better health, is that change is hard. We've been told that change is hard almost all of our lives. True we are creatures of habit and habits are hard to break.  But why is that?  If you had little problem learning to smoke, why is "unlearning" to smoke so hard?   Can't you just reverse the process? 

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Perhaps, the reason we can't fashion new ways of doing things, or start a new habit is that we're convinced that if we don't start, well then we can't fail.   

The notion of not getting it right is always a better outcome than the notion of "not getting it at all."  

Who Helps Who?

You can't do everything and yet; must do somethings. 

You can't do everything and yet; must do somethings. 

In his blog, "Five Lies Personal Development Gurus Like To Tell You" Mike Bundrant (dumblittleman.com) hits on a few key points that have a striking resemblance to what some financial advisors tell their clients about what their capabilities are. We on the other hand, are a lot more like Mike, believing that while improvements are possible, they're incremental and built on a base of clarlity and understanding.  Most notably, we agree with Mike's notions, that change is not easy, that it won't come over night and as much as we'd like to say it ain't so, not all things are possible. 

Mike's blog is a word to the wise for personal development devotees, self help gurus, planners and clients of planners alike. 

Enjoy.

"5 Lies Personal Development Gurus Like To Tell You"

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