Take a Habit Vacation


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Every habit has a trigger. Example: Every day you pick up a donut on your way to work. This is because the route you take to work each day includes passing a Dunkin’ Donuts store. Dunkin’ Donuts is the trigger and eating a donut is the habit.

One of the most effective ways to eliminate a bad habit is to eliminate the trigger. In the case of eating a donut every day, the simple act of changing your route to work to avoid passing by the Dunkin’ Donut store eliminates the trigger.

This is why changing a habit while on vacation has been proven to be one of the most successful habit change strategies. Starting a new good habit or eliminating an old bad habit is easier to do when you change your environment. Vacations represent a change in environment. There is a lot of research on this, so I decided to test this hypothesis myself.

For years I have been nagging myself to get back into the gym to do some free weight training. I power lifted during college, but when I got married I stopped lifting weights. In August of 2014 my entire family went on a vacation to the Dominican Republic. There was a gym at the resort and I decided to bench press for the first time in 29 years. That was fifteen months ago and I am still going to the gym three days a week. All it took was a change in my environment to start a new good habit.

If you want to quit smoking, stop smoking while on vacation. If you want to start reading on a daily basis, start while on vacation. If you want to start flossing every day, start while on vacation. Pick just one new good habit and start it while on vacation or pick one old bad habit and stop doing it while on vacation. If you know you are going to have some time off in the near future, pick a habit to stop or start a week before your time off. Then spend that week visualizing your new behavior. That preps you for the habit change. Commit just one day to the new behavior during your time off. One day sets everything in motion. On your next vacation, make it a habit vacation.


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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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