The last thing I want is to present myself as a patronizing do-gooder hell bent on making you change your ways.
The truth is that I find it just as easy as anyone else to succumb to temptations and acquire bad habits.
Here is a list fo some of my bad habits, past and present:
You’ll see from the above list that three of the four problem habits pertain to food. Yes, it’s true I’m addicted to food. Love it to bits. When I’m not thinking about my business, chances are I’ll be thinking about food.
Yet I’m not fat
I control my intake
Ok, let’s deal with them one at a time
I still eat chocolate but once a week now
I have eliminated ice cream from my diet after making the decision about five years ago.
I control my intake of rich French food (my favorite cuisine) – once a week is now fine for me
About the women
My late wife knew I had a predilection for women. Yet for 35 years I was in a monogamous union with her. From the get-go we had a pact, based on her entirely sensible decree:
“You can look, but don’t touch’
Needless to say, I heeded her advice, which in turn served our marriage well.
But after she died I went through a bad period and decided I wanted to have female companionship again. So I started visiting hostess bars in Asia. I never paid for sex (because that would go against my core principles instilled in me by my late Mum), but I did make some friendships.
I guess I was lonely and wanted someone to talk to. Being the sort of person I am I would rather talk to women than guys, so that’s exactly what I did.
That represented a 12-month experiment but last year I decided to make a change. I wanted once again to exercise some discipline and revert to my long-term behaviour patterns. Or to put it another way, it was just a silly stage I went through – time to grow up!
I no longer go to hostess bars (here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia). I am now in a relationship, which is what I wanted all along. I still love women, but my motto is once again – ‘look, don’t touch’.
Although I’m inherently a disciplined person, there have been times in the past when my bad habit list was larger than it is now. But using various techniques I have largely been successful at eliminating or strictly controlling my bad habits.
So that’s what this post is about – how to crush those bad habits so you can be a happier and more productive person.
Choose your poison – what are your bad habits? Don’t kid yourself that you don’t have any – I know you do. Even if you don’t have any bad food and substance abuse habits, I bet you’ve got some that are adversely impacting on your ability to build your home business.
Try these for size:
The above bad habits will directly impact on your ability to build your business. But there are other bad habits that not only will have an impact on your business but also on your health. You know what they are, so there is no need to give you the exhaustive list here. But think of things like junk foods, alcohol, sugar, smoking, drugs. On it goes.
First up you have to acknowledge there is a problem. Being in a perpetual state of denial will not help you. So here’s what you do – say it loud. Voice it, write it down and share it with at least one close person.
Acknowledgement is one thing but declaring it to others is another. So here’s what you do – say it loud. Voice it, and share it with at least one close person.
Go on – get angry with yourself. Give yourself a smack in the face and a kick in the ass. You deserve it.
Your ‘why’ will get you out of bed in the morning. It’s the one thing that has the potential to give you the mental firepower you need to demolish your bad habits once and for all. So, what is your ‘why’? What do you want to do with the rest of your life? Is it just about making money, or do you have a higher purpose?
Intentions are important. Declaring your intention will send a positive message to your brain and to the people, who are close to you. So, after you have stated the problem you must tell people what you plan to do about it – your positive intention.
When people talk about making a decision, often they haven’t made a decision at all. All they’ve done is declare their intention (see Step 5). But in my book, a decision is more than a mere intention. It signifies a resolve that you didn’t have before. A decision has a finality about it. It’s a ‘done deal’.
When I ask people what they want to do with their lives, they’ll tell me about this goal and that. Invariably I’ll ask another question: have you made the decision yet? Often I’ll get a wishy washy response which clearly indicates they haven’t made the decision at all.
All they’ve done is express an intention, nothing more.
I would like you to try these ideas, and let me know about your results. I’d love to know.
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