4 Tricks to Forging New Habits

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Good habits put you on autopilot for success. When actions become habits, the need for motivation (external or internal) is eliminated. You don’t need to pump yourself up to engage in a habit. This is one of the main things that separates successful individuals from everyone else – successful people habitualize good behavior.

So, fine, but how do you actually forge a new good habit?

There are 4 tricks to forging habits:

  1. Change Your Trigger – Your doctor tells you that if you want to prevent urinary track infections you must drink at least two glasses of water every day. But you find it difficult to turn that into a habit. You keep forgetting to drink water. One of the shortcuts to habit change is to find an existing habit you have, good or bad, and add a new habit to it. What other habits do you have? List them. One habit on your list is coffee. Every day you drink two cups of coffee. To forge the new habit of drinking water, simply put your coffee cup next to the sink, your water filter or the water cooler. When you go searching for the coffee cup you will have to remember where you put it. Ah yes, by the water cooler. That coffee cup then becomes your new trigger. It will remind you to drink a glass of water.
  2. Start Small – New habits are hard to forge. The trick is to make the new habit so easy to perform that you will not require any willpower to get you started. The brain does not like new habits because new habits, in the very beginning, require conscious effort. Any conscious thinking requires the use of brain fuel (primarily oxygen and glucose). The brain is unable to store oxygen and glucose, so it must send a message to the peripheral nervous system, which then notifies the liver to produce more glucose. This is a pain in the neck for the brain. So, instead, it sends back a message to you that essentially says – don’t engage in the activity. If the activity requires very little brain fuel, however, the brain will not fight you on the activity. It doesn’t send the message – don’t engage in the activity. As an example, let’s say that you want to begin jogging so you can lose weight and be healthy. If you decide to run for, say 30 minutes, the brain will tell you not to. If, however, you commit to only 10 minutes, the brain will not put up a fight. After a few weeks of running for 10 minutes every day, the jogging habit begins to form. Once that habit takes root, that is when you can increase the jog to 15 minutes, then 20 minutes and eventually 30 minutes.
  3. Create Reminders – Most of us have computers and cell phones that have reminder systems that automatically remind you about something. A trick to help you forge a new habit is to put it on one of your reminder systems. Once you set the reminder task, it will go off and remind you to engage in the habit.
  4. Associate With Others Who Have Your Desired Habit – Habits are like a virus. We adopt the habits of those within our inner social circle. Find friends who have the habit you want to adopt, such as jogging, and ask them if you can run with them. You new running partner will become your accountability partner. You asked them to run with you, they said yes and now you find yourself committed to jogging with your friend.

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley understands the difference between being rich and poor: at age nine, his family went from being multi-millionaires to broke in just one night, due to a catastrophic fire that destroyed his Dad's thriving business. For fourteen years they struggled with poverty. There were eleven in Tom's family, and they lived in constant fear of losing their home.

Driven by the desire to unlock the secrets to success and failure, Tom spent five years studying the daily activities of 233 rich people and 128 poor people. He discovered there was an immense difference between the habits of the rich and the poor. During his research he identified over 300 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots.” Tom decided to write a book to share what he learned. That book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals (1st Edition), went on to become an Amazon Bestseller in the United States forty times over a three year period. To give you some perspective, in order to be a true Amazon Bestseller in the United States, where you actually receive a specific Bestseller designation from Amazon, you need to be in the top 100 of all books sold by Amazon in the United States in a given day. Rich Habits did that for nearly thirty straight days, rising as high as #7, eclipsing such Bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki and J.K. Rowlings. Imagine that - an unknown, first-time, self-published author selling more books than J.K. Rowlings!

Tom now travels the world, sharing his Rich Habits and motivating audiences at industry conferences, corporate events, universities, multi-level marketing group events, and global sales organizations’ presentations and finance conferences. He has even spoken on the same stage with famous entrepreneurs and personal development experts, such as Sir Richard Branson, Robin Sharma, Dr. Daniel Amen, and many others.

Tom has shared his insights on various national and international network, cable, and Internet television programs such as CBS Evening News, NBC News, Yahoo Financially Fit, Money.com, India TV, News.com Australia, and a host of others. He has been interviewed on many prestigious nationally syndicated radio shows, including the Dave Ramsey Show, Marketplace Money, and WABC.

Tom has been featured in numerous print magazines—such as Money magazine, Inc. Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company magazine, More magazine, Epoca Magazine (Brazil’s largest weekly) and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine—and various online publications, including USA Today, CNN, MSN Money, SUCCESS.com, Inc.com, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider, Credit.com, Bankrate.com and a few other media outlets.

National publicity has garnered international media attention for Tom and his Rich Habits research spanning 23 countries. Broadcast media, online publications, and television throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Central and South America have shared his powerful message.

In an effort to help parents, grandparents, teachers and adults become success mentors to the younger generation, Tom released his second book, Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life in 2014. This book was the self-help category winner of the 2015 New York Book Festival and Runner-up in the prestigious 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Contest. In 2016 Tom released his third book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. This book provides the latest science on habit change as well as more of Tom's unique research on the specific habits that helped transform 177 ordinary individuals into self-made millionaires.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, and hold a master’s degree in taxation. As president of Cerefice and Company, CPAs, Tom heads one of the premier financial firms in New Jersey.
 
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