How to Make Habits Stick

How to Make Habits Stick

Bad habits are hard to break. But there is a way to create new habits to replace those bad ones and make them stick.

I read a self-help book in college called “Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz. He wrote it way back in 1960. In the book it talked about how it took 21 days to create or break a habit. I was skeptical, so I decided to try to change the way I tied my shoes. It worked and to this day, I tie my shoes the opposite of what I did back in college. So I proved to myself that a habit could be changed in 21 days. But I found that larger habits weren’t changing after 21 days, so I gave up on that.

I recently found a habit breaking approach that seems pretty simple (“seems” is the operative word). It looks at habits in a different way…and how to use them properly. (I bet you never thought habits could be used improperly.) It breaks down habits into actionable steps toward your goals. Let’s say your weight loss goal is to lose 50 pounds. What would you have to do daily to lose weight? You know what you have to do to lose weight. We all do. For example, you do cardio or some sort of workout, eat correctly and drink more water (we tend to be chronically dehydrated). This approach is about getting “wins” daily. So every day you only focus on winning THAT specific day. If you have more daily wins versus losses, you will reach your goal. And the more wins you have over losses, the quicker you’ll reach your goal. Achieving your goals is about taking daily actions consistently.

This approach is called the “Power List” by Andy Frisella. Listen to his podcast for more details and the exact steps at https://andyfrisella.com/blogs/realaf-podcast/15-win-the-day-ft-ben-newman Start at 36:00 in. **WARNING:** Language alert. He curses!

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