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November 18, 2012 / glennlim thots

Power Mastery 4 (The Psychology of Habits)

ImageWise words from a man who knew how to cultivate and concretise habits.
The psychology of habit-forming is really the power to FOCUS! We don’t need to learn 10,000 new things, we just need to focus on one, and devote all our energies to perfecting it. That is a much more productive endeavor. Do one thing, and do it well. Here’s some practical tips on achieving your new habits…

1) Deal with Distractions:

Easier said than done. Why? Because the 21st century is filled with distractions. That’s why it is critical for us to identify and remove distractions quickly, and ruthlessly. They do nothing but hinder our progress towards our goals. Here’s another quote from Bruce Lee that reminds us to do what is important and not just the urgent: “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”

2) Stay Committed:

Habits take time to form. Dr Maxwell Maltz posited that the human brain produces neuro-connections and pathways if they are bombarded for  21 days in a row. This means that our brain does not accept new data for a change of habit unless it is repeated each day for 21 days, without missing a single day! Challenge yourself to commit a new habit for 21 days! No break, no excuses, no slipping up. And you will build muscle-memory, making your new habits part of your reflexes, like on auto-pilot mode. They become effortless, unconscious, and ultimately become part of your new transformed you!

APPLICATION:

Think  of 1 or 2 new habits you want to cultivate.  Plan out a routine of daily actions you need to do. Focus on achieving these actions every day as part of your habit-forming routine. Apply the above 2 tips – Remove Distractions; Stay Committed. Do it for 21 days, and reap the rewards of a new you!

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