seven step to a new habit,..

Step 1: Make a decision.
Decide clearly that you are going to begin acting in a specific way 100 percent of the time. For example, if you decide to rise early and exercise each morning, set your clock for a specific time; when the alarm goes off, immediately get up, put on your exercise clothes, and begin your exercise session.

Step 2: Never allow an exception.
Do not make exceptions to your new habit pattern during the formative stages. Don't make excuses or rationalizations. Don't let yourself off the hook. If you resolve to get up at 6:00 a.m. each morning, discipline yourself to get up at 6:00 a.m., every single morning until this become automatic.

Step 3: Tell others.
Inform people around you that you are going to begin practicing a particular behavior. It is amazing how much more disciplined and determined you will become when you know others are watching you to see if you have the willpower to follow through on your resolution.

Step 4: Visualize yourself.
In your mind's eye, see yourself performing or behaving in a particular way in a particular situation. The more often you visualize and imagine yourself acting as if you already had the new habit, the more rapidly this new behavior will be accepted by your subconscious mind and become automatic.

Step 5: Create an affirmation.
Repeat affirmation over and over to yourself. This repetition dramatically increases the speed at which you develop the new habit. For example, you can say something like, "I get up and get going immediately at 6:00 each morning!" Repeat these words the last thing before you fall asleep. In most cases, you will automatically wake up minutes before the alarm clock goes off, and soon you will need no alarm clock at all.

Step 6: Resolve to persist.
Keep practicing the new behavior until it is so automatic and easy that you actually feel uncomfortable when you do not do what you have decided to do.

Step 7: Reward yourself.
Most important, give yourself a treat of some kind for practicing the new behavior. Each time you reward yourself, you reaffirm and reinforce the behavior. Soon you begin to associate, at an unconscious level, the pleasure of the reward with the behavior. You set up your own force field of positive consequences that you unconsciously look forward to as the result of engaging in the behavior or habit that you have decided upon.

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"Million Dollar Habits: Proven Power Practices to Double and Triple Your Income" by Brian Tracy (2006)
Entrepreneur Media Inc. (Canada)

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