20 Minutes a Day to Transform Your Life


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It’s not easy changing habits. It takes time, persistence and awareness. But there is a shortcut to habit change that virtually guarantees your new good habits will stick. It’s called the 20 Minute Rule. The 20 Minute Rule involves a simple three-step process. Here’s how it works:

  1. Define any new good habit you wish to adopt.
  2. Devote 20 minutes a day to that new good habit.
  3. Set a goal of 30 days repeating that new good habit.

The new good habit could be:

  • 20 minutes of jogging
  • 20 minutes of lifting weights
  • 20 minutes of self-education reading
  • 20 minutes of developing a new skill
  • 20 minutes of thinking positive thoughts
  • 20 minutes of pursuing a new goal
  • 20 minutes of listening to an inspirational podcast
  • 20 minutes of watching a TED video
  • 20 minutes of helping your spouse with home chores (laundry, dish washer, make the bed, clean the house, etc)
  • 20 minutes of mentoring someone
  • 20 minutes of volunteer work
  • 20 minutes of networking
  • 20 minutes of developing a side-business
  • 20 minutes of spending time with your family
  • 20 minutes of doing home-improvement projects
  • 20 minutes of reading to your children
  • 20 minutes of writing, painting, learning chess, etc.

After 30 days that new good habit will begin to form. It will get easier every day. Thirty days will not create the habit, but it will lay down the neural infrastructure (brain cells talking to one another) that is necessary for every new good habit to form. Once that infrastructure is in place, your brain will want to continue engaging in that new good habit. The brain loves habits. Habits save the brain from work. But it does take repetition and time in order to get brain cells talking to each other. Thirty days gets the conversation going inside the brain. After 30 days, the new good habit gets much easier to engage in.

Once the new good habit sticks, then you can move on to the next new good habit, following the same three-step process. In the course of a year it is possible to add three or more new good habits using this three-step process. In a few years you will have created dozens of new good habits and your life will begin to improve.

Adopting good habits are like snowflakes on the mountainside. You hardly notice the cumulative positive effects these good habits have on your life on a daily basis. But over time these good habits create an avalanche of success event. When success hits, it appears to the untrained observer as if that person became an overnight success. Of course, what the untrained observer does not realize is the fact that that success was the byproduct of years and years of doing certain things every day that created the avalanche of success event.

Start your future avalanche of success event today. Adopt just one new good habit. Stick with it for 30 days. Baby steps. That’s the secret to success!

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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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