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Positive or Negative Reinforcement. Which is better?

Many of us know the old carrot and stick approach. This approach is in reference to a cart driver dangling a carrot in front of a mule and holding a stick behind it. The mule would move towards the carrot because it wants the reward of food, while also moving away from the stick behind it, since it does not want the punishment of pain, thus drawing the cart. Continue reading →

What does Mindfulness have to do with Success?

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment.

 

Habit reCode is all about developing daily success habits so what does mindfulness have to do with success habits?

 

Isn’t mindfulness just hippy-dippy hokum? Turns out, this hippy dippy mindfulness has a huge impact on success! Continue reading →

2 Simple Steps to Stop Procrastination

Most of our day is spent on auto-pilot. Many of us procrastinate, we rationalize delaying tasks.

Did you know that there is a way to stop procrastination and that this method can become habit?

Stop procrastination in two simple steps.

 

Procrastination is something that many of us are affected by. We avoid doing a task which needs to be accomplished and instead choose more pleasurable things. Continue reading →

The key Elements of a Habit

 

The study of habits has been break habits down into three elements or parts.

There are two leading views about these elements but essentially they come down to the same thing

Charles Duhiggs Habit Loop

According to Charles Duhigg, author of ‘The Power of Habit”, habits consist of three elements, the trigger or cue, the routine and the reward. Duhigg refers to this process as the habit loop.

  1. The Cue/Trigger: the event that starts the habit.
  2. The Routine: the behaviour that is performed.
  3. The Reward: the benefit that you get from the behaviour.

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How to speed up Habit Formation

 

There is a myth out there that it takes 21 days to form a habit.

Studies show that habit formation takes 66 days on average but this all depends on the person, the habit, motivation, ability etc.

Regardless of the result of the habit formation timeframe, there is one way to speed up the habit formation process… without lifting a finger. Continue reading →

The Benefits of a Good Morning Routine

A good morning routine sets the tone for the rest of your day.

When you form a positive morning routine you are priming your day and this can dramatically improve your success, productivity and achievements throughout the day.

Likewise, a poor morning routine can have the opposite effect.

When it comes to applying the 80/20 rule, the morning routine is the 20% of action that leads to 80% of the outcomes.

(more to come on this post tomorrow)

Loss Aversion and Habit Formation

 

Loss aversion is our tendency to prefer avoiding a loss over receiving a gain.

Loss aversion explains why you sit through a terrible movie purely because you paid for the ticket.

You don’t want to waste money, you want to avoid a feeling of loss. If you put money on the line, you will be motivated to follow through in order to avoid losing the money.

It’s a powerful psychological motivator, thought to be twice as powerful as Continue reading →

Do donuts hold the key to lasting habits?

Answer: Yes but not in the way we would like…

 

This time it’s for real”.  You’ve been telling yourself “this time” you’re going to lose the weight, learn that business skill, start waking up early and achieve more in your day. You know you promised yourself the same thing last year, and the year before that, but this year, this year is different. Right?

 

We repeat the sequence, epiphany, lack of action, a feeling of failure. A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman found that 88% of resolutions fall away before the year is up.

 

So why do we fail? Continue reading →