Episode 97: Desired & Undesired Habits

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“Make any positive behavior as convenient as possible. To break my habit of snacking in the evenings, I keep dental floss and a toothbrush in the downstairs bathroom near the kitchen. Right after dinner I floss and brush. I’m far less likely to snack, because if I eat something, I have to floss and brush all over again.

Make any negative behavior as inconvenient as possible. To smoke less, keep only one pack of cigarettes at home, in a small locked safe under some luggage in the closet in the garage. You might also put the television in that same closet, so you take it out only for special events, and use your old TV time writing that book, painting that picture, or learning a new language. In this way you replace old negative routines with new behaviors, pouring new energy into a new you.” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

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Desired & Undesired Habits

“Make any positive behavior as convenient as possible. To break my habit of snacking in the evenings, I keep dental floss and a toothbrush in the downstairs bathroom near the kitchen. Right after dinner I floss and brush. I’m far less likely to snack, because if I eat something, I have to floss and brush all over again.

Make any negative behavior as inconvenient as possible. To smoke less, keep only one pack of cigarettes at home, in a small locked safe under some luggage in the closet in the garage. You might also put the television in that same closet, so you take it out only for special events, and use your old TV time writing that book, painting that picture, or learning a new language. In this way you replace old negative routines with new behaviors, pouring new energy into a new you.” ~ Dan Millman from Everyday Enlightenment

That. Is. Genius. (And funny. :)

SUPER simple--as all truly great ideas are. And SUPER powerful.

What’s the #1 negative habit you want to boot from your life?

Alright. Sweet. Now, what can you do to make that positive habit *really* EASY to do?!? And what’s one thing you can do to make that negative habit *really* HARD to do?!?

I’m on sabbatical in Bali as I write this and the top positive habit I want to build and negative habit I want to say adios to are tied together. By far my #1 positive habit I want to develop is to focus exclusively on my Top Priority for the day (at the moment that’s creating a Note) before I go online. My #1 negative habit is/was checking my email/getting online before I’d rocked my top priority.

To make the positive habit convenient and the negative one inconvenient, I actually made sure the villa I moved to this month DIDN’T have Internet. If I want to go online I have to walk into town and go to an Internet cafe. And OMG. My productivity has SOARED!

(I think I’ll put the wireless modem in the closet or something and have to fetch it out/plug it in when I want to use it when I’m back in a place with Internet! :)

Back to you: What’re your top positive and negative habits? How can you make the positive one REALLY easy to rock and the negative one REALLY hard to keep doing?