Table of Contents
The Facts about Success …7
The Solution is Surprisingly Simple ….7
The Benefits Offered by This Book…..8
Chapter 1: What are Successful Habits (or what is Success)?…..11
The Definition of Success .12
The Definition of Successful Habits ..13
Example One: The Weight Loss Goal ……13
Chapter 2: How Actions Become Habitual ……16
The Psychology behind your Habits .17
Learning How to Brush Your Teeth Again 18
Creating Long-Term Habits that Last19
Chapter 3: Setting Goals…21
What Are Goals Then? …..22
Creating a List of Goals ….22
Goals That Will Actually Work ..24
Creating Short-Term Goals AKA Habits …25
Chapter 4: How to Stop Bad Habits by Starting Good Ones .27
Why Negativity Never Works ….29
Things to Keep in Mind …..30
A Recap of the Important Stuff .31
Chapter 5: Identifying Your Triggers …….32
The Good & Bad Triggers.33
Creating Good Triggers & Identifying Bad Ones ……33
Chapter 6: 30 Days to a New Mindset ……37
What is a New Mindset? …37
Why does it Take 30 Days?……38
Keeping it Simple……39
Complementary Habits …..40
The Recap 40
Chapter 7: Your First Five Days …….42
How this Guide Can Help You ..42
Chapter 8: Your Remaining Twenty-five Days 46
Chapter 9: Beyond 30 Days ……50
Step One: Do a Self-Evaluation51
Step Two: Repeat if Necessary 51
Step Three: Determine Your Next Step ….51
Step Four: Don’t Forget Reinforcement….51
What a Year of Habit Development Might Look Like 52
30 Day Plan for Developing Habits ……53
The Rest of the Year….53
Chapter 10: Overcoming Barriers to Success 54
Identifying Barriers to Success .54
Summarizing the Key Points…..59
Strategies to Take Away From This Book 60
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Chapter 2: How Actions Become Habitual
In this chapter, we will be discussing just how certain actions become habitual, which will both help you break negative or destructive habits and develop positive ones in their place. But before you can take a single step towards that goal, you first have to understand how you got to where you currently are.
Everyone has habits in their life that they have developed over the years. Some of them are really good for you and others not so much. For example, you might have learned to brush your teeth every morning and every night before bed. This will keep your teeth healthy and it is a habit that will give you a better smile, save you big money at the dentist and prevent a whole lot of pain and suffering (anyone who has ever had a dental extraction will agree wholeheartedly).
On the other hand, you might have developed the habit for procrastination. You definitely aren’t alone. Everyone procrastinates to some degree, and some people make it a way of life. Procrastination happens for many reasons. Sometimes it is the fear of success, the lack of confidence in achieving it and sometimes, it is just a lack of motivation.
These are just two examples of good and bad habits. You have thousands of habits (good and bad) that you have ingrained in yourself over the years. Understanding how these habits developed will allow you to see your own successes and failures more clearly and being familiar with the psychology behind habits will give you an objective perspective and allow you to fix problems without as much emotional baggage.
The Psychology Behind Your Habits
It all starts with understanding the psychology behind your habits: how they form, what motivates you to perform them and how they become a permanent part of your life.
The first thing that you need to understand is that all habits – from brushing your teeth to recognizing and taking advantage of multi-million dollar business opportunities – are formed exactly the same way. The neurological process in forming habits is identical, and it doesn’t matter if it is a tiny habit, a major habit, a bad habit or a good one.
Understanding this is actually one of the most important things that you can do because it immediately tells you something about yourself – namely, that if you can teach yourself to brush your teeth twice or three times a day, without even thinking about it, then you can teach yourself anything. You
can have confidence in your ability to teach yourself any good habit that you want because you have already done it many times in your life. While brushing your teeth may seem to have very little to do with starting an online business and making it successful, the process is exactly the same. If you can do one, you can do the other.
Learning How to Brush Your Teeth Again
Imagine that you are not in the habit of brushing your teeth. You brush a couple of times a week, but you want to brush at least twice every day. You probably aren’t trying to develop this habit in reality but bear with me because it serves to demonstrate a very important example of how habits are formed.
Let’s start with the morning. When you get up in the morning, you know that you have bad breath. The last thing that you want to do is leave the house with dragon breath and then go to work and talk to co-workers.
That’s why when you first wake up, you are going to spend a few minutes thinking about what it would be like to go into work with bad breath. Imagine the look on your co-worker’s faces and how people would talk about you.
This should properly motivate you to get into the bathroom as soon as you wake up to brush your teeth.
If you want to motivate yourself in the evening, using the same example, then spend a few minutes lying in bed and thinking about all of the bacteria, SUCCESS HABITS 19 sugar and rotting bits of food that is still in and on your teeth. You will want to get up and brush them before you go to sleep.
These pre-actions are called triggers, and they are the basis of the neurological process that creates habits. When you have a trigger, you motivate an action. You can create these triggers yourself so that you do the action automatically, and it won’t be a chore. It will be something that you actually want to do.
Creating Long-Term Habits that Last
Creating your trigger is only the first step in the process of creating a longterm habit. You first have to train your mind to trigger the action and then you will perform it. When you do that enough times (which is where the 30 day plan outlined in a later chapter comes in) the action will become automatic and you will no longer need the trigger in order to remember to do the action.
It is just as important to be motivated when you are triggering an action as it is to remember to do it. Just because you created a trigger doesn’t mean that you are going to want taco perform the habit. That’s why you need to create a benefits list for every habit that you are attempting to form. Use visualization to motivate yourself to complete an action. When you can see the end result that you want in your mind you are much more likely to do the habit with or without the trigger.
This is just a brief overview of how habits are formed. By the end of this book, you will have a much better grasp of the psychology behind habits and especially how you can create them with staying power over the longterm.
Creating long-term habits that will last a lifetime does take a little work, but most of it is right at the beginning and the rewards for doing it are actually pretty great.
Chapter 3: Setting Goals
In order to start your journey towards success and begin developing successful habits you first need to have some goals. This is the destination that was discussed in Chapter One.
Learning how to set goals properly isn’t complicated, but it does need to done the right way. However, the most important thing that you understand about goal setting is that the journey is much more important than the end result.
This was discussed a little in Chapter One. When you have goals and you are on track to reaching them, you are happy. But your happiness isn’t going to become permanent when you finally reach those goals. You will be more satisfied with life and happier, but you are still going to want to set new goals. You will never be satisfied, and that’s perfectly okay.
What Are Goals Then?
So, you might be wondering just what the purpose of goals actually are then. You cannot be successful without goals, and you cannot form good habits without goals.
You can try to force yourself to do something habitually, but without a goal behind them, those habits have no power and they will not stick, even if you do follow the steps required to get them to become permanent. Your goal is not only your motivation; it is also your blueprint. The goal that you are working towards will put demands on the types of habits that you create and it will shape the way that you change.
Creating a List of Goals
One of the best ways to set goals that will show you what habits you need to form to achieve the end result is to use the YEAR-MONTH-WEEK model. This is a style of goal setting that is similar to the LONGTERM/ SHORT-TERM model that most people are familiar with. However, YEAR-MONTH-WEEK is a much more effective model in today’s world, where we measure success in those clearly defined periods of time.
If you are lucky enough to be reading this in January, then you have a great opportunity to create a perfect goal structure. If not, then you have a couple of choices: either set your plans for “the rest of the year,” however many months are left, or you can set your longest goal period over the next 12 months, no matter what month you start in.
Those goals for the 12 month period are your long-term goals. They will be the guide that you will use to create habits. Your 12-month goals are going to be what you are attempting to accomplish with the habits that you create and you will see how they break down into those habits shortly. First, we need to set some goals so that you can see how the process works. Let’s start with some simple example goals for the 12 months period.Other Details
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