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Take a look at yourself...

Do you have good teeth?
Are you ready to run a 5k?
Do you have the ideal BMI?
Are you doing well at work?

You have good teeth because you brush and floss everyday. Or maybe you have dental opportunities because you gargle with coke instead of Listerine.

You are ready to run a 5k because you train everyday. Or maybe you aren't ready to run a 5k because you sit on the sofa thinking about training but not actually doing it.

You have the ideal BMI because you always choose the low fat option. Or your BMI is less than ideal because you super size your big Mac for breakfast.

You are doing well at work because you make sure you get your assignments completed every day. Or you are being passed up for promotion because you always hand them in late.

However you answered those questions, I can tell you why.
Its because of what you do day in day out. Its because of your habits.

Studies have shown that up to 50% of what we do every day is not conscious decision but habit. Think about that. If you create the right habits you can improvements without even thinking about it. Without even thinking about it - it doesn't get any easier than that!

I'd like to share some suggestions on how you can create a new habit.

Firstly, don't take on too much change at once. Only work on one new habit in each area of your life at a time. For example work on one health habit and one work habit at a time. 

Make the habits small initially and grow them. For example don't try to start a habit of running 5 miles a day if haven't even put on a pair of running shoes for 5 years. Make your first habit to run for half a mile. Once you can run half a mile for a month increase it to a mile. And so forth.

Link your new habit to an existing habit. Its almost like you won't have to go through the effort of creating a new habit. For example if you want to get in to the habit of doing looking away from your monitor to give your eyes a break, start doing it every time you take a sip of your coffee.

Schedule it. If it is a totally new habit that you can't link to an existing habit then schedule it. For example if you want to learn a new language put a reminder in your calendar at 8pm everyday to study for 15 minutes. Initially the alarm going off will remind you but soon enough you will associate 8pm with learning and you won't need the reminder.

Stick with it for a month. It can take 30 days to acquire a new habit. Commit to you new habit for 4 full weeks. At the end of this time it will be ingrained in you and easy to stick to. Then you can move on to another habit.

Think about your ultimate goal before you get up and before you go to bed. This helps for a couple of reasons. First it gives you a reason to keep trying. If you keep thinking about why you are building this new habit it gives you an incentive to keep trying. Secondly, we become what we think about. If you keep thinking about a thing day in and day out it will ultimately happen. Think about those stories you read of people sailing around the world solo backwards or climbing mount everest on a pogo stick. When they are interviewed they all say the same thing `its all I thought about for the last x years. ` Think about successful athletes, they thought about being successful for years before they actually were. There is no magic here, you can do it, I can do it. Supercharge your habits by thinking about what you want to become. Increase your chances of success tenfold!

So there you go. Now you know you are were you are now because of your habits - and where you will be next month, next year will depend on your habits too.

If you want to create a new habit
1. Work on one habit at a time
2. Start small
3. Link new habits to existing ones
4. Schedule your new habit
5. Stick with it for a month
6. Think about what you want to become



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