First of all, you need to actually adhere to something to verify the theory. Also, sticking to a habit for 21 days is more of a mental victory than anything else.
But the theory is absolutely wrong. It doesn’t take 21 days to develop a habit.
This is a highly individual matter. It depends on the specific habit and your personal inclinations.
The research performed in 2009 and published in European Journal of Psychology concluded it takes from 18 up to 254 days. …
YouTube is not an environment which supports focus and education. Stories like this are the norm on that platform:
I step into YouTube to watch online classes but I often end up with watching music, movies, funny videos, etc. What should I do?
Several years ago, I watched a TV program about obese people losing weight (my wife enjoys watching such shows on “the woman’s” channel). Most of them did that by stomach stapling.
But there was one guy who lost 400 pounds without any surgery or pharmacology. He told his philosophy of weight loss:
“Eating is my addiction. I think it is the worst addiction of all, as eating itself is necessary to support my body with energy. I cannot break up with it, like with drugs or alcohol.”
He overcame his urges in the simplest possible way — he had at…
Yes. Much better than watching anything.
My hunch is it’s because when you read you create the story in your head. When you watch, you observe the story.
When you read, you activate your imagination and translate the words into images in your head. When you watch, you don’t translate anything. You are passive.
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You change your life by changing your habits. This is the most reliable route, you are on the right track.
I’ll provide you some food for thoughts in the bullet-point manner.
You WILL fall back into your bad habits. Just don’t stay there. Don’t use it as an excuse to stop trying.
It’s absolutely normal to slip into your old ways from time to time. Those neural loops in your brain (bad habits) are strong. You won’t overcome them overnight.
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” — Japanese proverb
Occasional falling back into old habits is not the end of…
I got asked this question:
Do you study your daily habits?
And to my surprise, I discovered that...
I do, indeed. I haven’t even realized before you asked this fantastic question.
“If you want to be healthy study health… if you want to be wealthy, study wealth… if you want to be happy, study happiness.” — Jim Rohn
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” — Jim Rohn
Before I heard that, I thought success is something grand. Winning a golden medal at Olympics, building a multi-million-dollar business and the like.
So I didn’t even try to achieve success. It was out of my reach.
When I heard Jim’s quote, I got curious. Could it be so simple? I started a bunch of new habits, and sure enough, I got some results.
In a month, I almost doubled my reading speed.
In six months, I reached my dream weight.
I never looked back…
Every good habit can turn into an addiction. Let’s have a look at the word habit definition:
a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.
Doesn’t it suspiciously sound like an addiction?
We are strange creatures, we can become addicted to good activities too.
Oscar Wilde said it best:
“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
Good habits are much better addictions than bad ones, but exaggeration is never good thing. Only you can tell when you overdo with being nice, productivity or physical fitness. Watch yourself.
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It’s 7:37 am, the first day of the month (* - all the metrics in this article are from the 1st October 2017). I’ve already earned 80% of my monthly salary.
I got payments from four different sources. Admittedly, next payments will not be as hefty as the ones I got, but my side hustle will exceed my day job salary yet again.
Today is my wife’s last day in her day job. She finally trusted that my business will provide enough income so she doesn’t have to go to the work she passionately hates.
Those aren’t the grandest successes…
Breaking a bad habit? Well, it’s a tough call. You see, your habits are hardcoded in your brain, so you’d have needed to break your brain.
And as advanced as we are, we are pretty hopeless with the stuff that has anything to do with our thinking. Some people will tell you to quit cold turkey, to motivate yourself, to punish yourself, to attract the results you desire and a bunch of other ideas that may or may not work for you.
Instead, I’ll give you the next best solution to breaking a bad habit: break away from it.