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Creating Habits

How to create positive habits that actually stick, to improve your life.

How Ten Feet Helped Me Read 5 More Books Last Month

How Ten Feet Helped Me Read 5 More Books Last Month

Do you have “your” chair? Your favorite spot?

A recliner, a rocking chair…the porcelain throne…

I realized that I was spending hours each month sitting in my favorite chair and using my time doing practically nothing.

So what did I do? I literally just moved the current book I was reading from the end table across the room to the shelf right beside my favorite chair.

The results? I read 5 more books last month than I planned to.

I realized that reaching reading goals has a lot to do with your environment and you have control over that.

Here’s how you can read more books by controlling your environment…

How to Stop Being Lazy – Instill Self Discipline and Run Your Own Life

How to Stop Being Lazy – Instill Self Discipline and Run Your Own Life

When my wife and I first got married, I was lazy…I mean really lazy.

It wasn’t just that I didn’t wash dishes or do laundry…I didn’t even take my dishes to the kitchen and my laundry piled up on my floor.

It wasn’t that I was busy, I was just lazy. You know the drill: TV, video games, internet, repeat.

Now, I work full time for the military, run 15 miles per week, lift weights 5 hours per week, write for an hour each day and still manage to help my wife with the dishes and the laundry. Did I mention we are a family of 6 and family time is also very important to us?

So, what changed? Did the military instill this discipline in my life? Not really…

Do You Really Have to Practice New Habits Every Day for Them to Stick?

Do You Really Have to Practice New Habits Every Day for Them to Stick?

​Every time I read about creating new habits, the term “daily habits” always pops up.

You’ve probably heard it before…

“You must do this habit every day to make it stick”​.

“Your new habit should be a daily practice“.

​I always had the question: “Does that really mean every single day?” Even weekends and holidays?

I’ve finally figured out the best way to approach new “daily habits”.

Let me share what I’ve learned…

The Top 9 New Year’s Resolutions and Cheap Ways to Keep Them

The Top 9 New Year’s Resolutions and Cheap Ways to Keep Them

Nearly half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent of us keep our promises, according to a survey by the University of Scranton.

Top reasons (excuses) include lack of money, lack of opportunity and – almost everyone’s sticking point – lack of time.

If you’re determined to realize your goals this year, check out some frugal ways to achieve the top ten resolutions…

How to Read More Books This Year Than Most People Read in Their Life – Part 2

How to Read More Books This Year Than Most People Read in Their Life – Part 2

This is Part 2 of 2 in a series. Read Part 1 here.

As we were talking about in Part 1…

We all want to be reading more, but it’s hard to find the time.

Reading is one of the main ways we grow and learn.

If you want to get better at something, read about it. But you know that.

The problem is that it’s hard to find the time to actually do it.

Let’s continue with the next 6 strategies to read more books this year than most people read in their entire life…

How to Read More Books This Year Than Most People Read in Their Life – Part 1

How to Read More Books This Year Than Most People Read in Their Life – Part 1

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” -Groucho Marx

You’re already setting goals and deciding what you’re going to accomplish? Great! What better way to start the year…

We all want to be reading more, but it’s hard to find the time.

Reading is one of the main ways we grow and learn.

If you want to get better at something, read about it. But you know that.

The problem is that it’s hard to find the time to actually do it.

Here are the first 6 strategies to read more books this year than most people read in their entire life…

How to Create a New Habit (Even if You’re “Too Busy”)

How to Create a New Habit (Even if You’re “Too Busy”)

Are you intentional about creating new habits? You should be.

Building positive habits is one of the most powerful disciplines in the world.

Large results are created through the building of small, consistent habits.

But how do you build a new habit if you don’t have any time to spare? You know, if you think you’re “too busy”.

Everyone is busy and most people think they are too busy to add something to their life. They’re not. And you’re not.

Here’s what has worked for me, and it has also worked for many influential leaders…

How to Combat Your Morning Self (And My Morning Ritual)

How to Combat Your Morning Self (And My Morning Ritual)

​​I ​ have two personalities. My night self and my morning self.

Sometimes we don’t get along.

When my night self decides to stay up a little later, my morning self isn’t too happy.

My night self goes to sleep thinking about all of the great and productive things I’m going to do in the morning.

​But sometimes my morning self wakes up thinking my night self is an over-achiever and I should just go back to sleep.​

Sound familiar?​ Here is how I am able to combat my morning self and get stuff done…

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