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Reframing Habits

Mar 12, 2008
Habits, by definition, are habitual things we do. Whether it be a habit of needing that after dinner cigarette or biting your fingernails during a stressful period, we all are creatures of habit no matter how spontaneous we like to think we are.

What do these examples have in common? I guess they're somewhat negative. Twirling your hair or tapping your fingers isn't necessarily negative to you, in our framework habits are meant to be broken.

Aristotle observed, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."

We are what we repeatedly do.

What if we were to change our framework for 'habit'? What habit could we begin today that would make a positive impact on your life and the lives of those around you? I've heard it said that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. For the next 21 days, could you see yourself listening to a light and sound session every morning or working on your universes? How about getting into a habit of always greeting a new client with the unconscious hello?

Perhaps your personal goals are at the forefront right now. My suggestion here is to contact your other than conscious and talk about what you want out of life. Create the conscious intention of 21 days of 20 minutes of cardio exercise, for example. That seems fairly achievable, doesn't it?

Your most immediate concern may be business related. Prospecting or cold calling or doing some follow up with clients that you shy away from normally -- take any one thing and make it a serious intention to do it for 21 days. No matter what, follow through. And after the 21 days are up, you've set yourself up to have a new, productive, positive habit.
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Kenrick Cleveland teaches strategies to earn the business of wealthy prospects using persuasion. He runs public and private seminars and offers home study courses and coaching programs in persuasion strategies.
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