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    The Power Habit

    To think riches when in the midst of appearances of poverty, requires power; but he who acquires this power becomes a mastermind. He can conquer fate; he can have what he wants.

    These are words that I read from the book. “The Science Of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Wattles.

    In other words, He who masters his mind, masters his fate.

    I have been thinking a lot about this lately.

    Self-mastery, The Power Habit.

    You do the thing that is necessary to achieve the results that you want.

    A + B = C

    But for some reason, it never works out that way, does it?

    Actions Have Consequences

    I recently found myself in a situation brought about by poor judgment, lack of discipline, and foolishness.

    During this time the only thing I could think about was how easy it was to make choices that could potentially create a mess of my life but even more easy, to deny wisdom and succumb to desires for short term pleasure rather than adhering to discipline for long term gain.

    I think we all make mistakes like these.

    We see it when we decided to eat the doughnut instead of the apple.

    Or when we decide to spend money, we potentially need, on new shoes to make ourselves feel better. Or smoking weed the night before and staying up too late instead of practicing mindfulness meditation, reflecting on our day and preparing for the next.

    When I first got into marketing, like everyone else, I thought I was going to be rich within a few months, and I thought it would be easy. Boy was I wrong. This journey has ended up being the biggest challenge and cause for personal development that I have ever pursued.

    Everything Is Connected

    These days we have gotten into the habit of compartmentalizing our lives, and maybe that’s not really a bad thing. I mean we have our time to work out, we have our time to meditate, we have our time to self educate, to go to the gym, to eat healthy, to study, and so on.

    But the thing we can not compartmentalize is the effects that all these things have on one another.

    Eating healthy gives you more energy, boost cognitive abilities, puts you in a better mood, and affects how well we do at the gym and the quality of our mindfulness meditations.

    Working out at the gym boosts dopamine in our brain; the neurotransmitter responsible for curiosity and the desire to learn. It is the chemical in the brain responsible for making us feel good when we accomplish something. Going to the gym also helps us relieve stress and allows us to rest easier at night. We are healthier because of it; we may live a longer life because of it. And we will be able to function better and grow in our marketing success because of it.

    Marketing is no different. Success in marketing will bring us residual income, which will allow us to do more of what we already do or want to do, including eating healthier foods and having more time to go to the gym.

    It’s all connected.

    Stunting Your Growth In Personal Development

    As true as these things are, it is also true for those not so healthy desires with short term benefits; the things that may not be so good for us in the long run. Because everything we do is connected, these short term desires might actually be a lot worse than we think.

    These short term pleasures actually have the power to put our progress in check.

    For example, Let’s say that we find ourselves spending money more often than we should. If we start experiencing success and increase our income x2, even though we have more money, we’re more than likely to spend the extra money instead of investing it.

    Now we have stunted the growth of our business.

    If we drink too much alcohol, we may find ourselves spending more money on it if we are experiencing more financial success.

    The list goes on.

    I tie it to money because money is the fuel to the lifestyle we want to live, and if we are not careful that money can go in ways we may never expect instead of being used to benefit long term gains.

    But its not really just money it effects. Everything is connected.

    Eating unhealthy foods may stunt your progress at the gym, or may cause you to be lazy and low on energy, may affect your ability to think clearly and grow your business or even have the motivation to work.

    I once destroyed my car’s engine because I went a whole year without changing the oil… I was lazy.

    As a result, I lost my job. That one is a little more obvious. But some other ones I mentioned might not be so obvious. Our actions have consequences and may affect us in mysterious and painful ways.

    Some actions that we take and the consequences they produce may not be so obvious.

    Creatures of Habit

    I noticed for me that whenever I sit down on the couch and eat food while watching Netflix, chances are I’m not going to get back up.

    This is a problem because If I still need to write an article for the day or work on another project, I may not do it. Often I find when I eat food and watch Netflix, I get lazy and sleepy and don’t want to do much of anything. So I solved this by simply eating in the kitchen and watching Netflix when I relax at the end of my day. As a result, I’m more productive and able to get more done.

    What’s the most effective way to figure out how our actions are affecting us on a daily basis?

    A lot of our actions are habits; patterns that we developed over time.

    But these patterns may not be obvious to us either. Whenever we do something, we see it as a decision we made because we wanted to, and not because of some habit.

    The best way to recognize these patterns of habits is to introduce what I call The power habit to your daily routine, and that is journaling what you plan on doing that day vs. how it went and what you actually did.

    If you can do this, you will be made aware of your bad habits and what cues that the craving of those habits or in other words, how they start.

    Before I thought I was just lazy and had to motivate myself to get up and work. But when I looked back at my journal, I saw the pattern. The days I did well, I didn’t watch Netflix until the end of the day. And the days I struggled to get anything done was days I sat down for lunch in front of the T.V.

    Something else I noticed is that the environment around my house played an important role in productivity as well, especially my room.

    If my room was messy, I found it harder to concentrate and get work done. But when I cleaned it, and my room and organized it, I felt like I could think more clearly and focus on the task at hand.

    So now I try my best to keep my room clean, and If it’s not, I Clean it before I work.

    These are just a few examples of my bad habits; yours may be different.

    99% Of People Aren’t Concerned With This Topic.

    I just made that up but its probably true haha. But I believe it to be an edge over my competition because of that. I’m willing to do anything that will bring me one step closer to accomplishing my goals.

    If we can master the little things we struggle with; the things that most people don’t care about, then that puts us so far ahead of everybody else.

    As the quite goes:

    “Today, I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice

    Do you have any bad habits that keep you from progressing forward in life? OR maybe you have learned to overcome these obstacles in your life. I would love to hear about your journey as well, so feel free to share by leaving a comment below!

    to your MASSIVE success!

    -Dan

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    5 Comments

    1. Scott jacobs

      Good post! I sometimes struggle to implement habits or doing them consistently. One example is that I sometimes forget to write down the things that I would do the next day. I don’t eat very good either which I’m improving on. Though it is difficult to do when I’m a teenager and want to go vegan but my parents said that I have to eat whatever they provide which in most cases are unhealthy.

    2. Judy Sánchez

      Hi Dan,

      What an amazing and timely article!

      I work from home, and lately I’ve been settling down to work, turn on my computer and then…

      Facebook, a few newspapers, instagram…anything, and I mean anything! rather than log on to my work site and actually do some work!

      Like you, I’ve been thinking I’m just getting lazy but I’m going to take your advice and start a journal so that I can see where I’m going wrong. I love how you said that its the small choices we make that make so much difference to our lives.

      You’ve really motivated me with this article. Thanks again!

      Judy

    3. We all get into a rut and develop unhealthy habits sometimes. The good news is you can replace them with healthy ones. I deliberately will not turn on the TV during the day. In fact, until I’ve accomplished the 2 or 3 things I wrote on my To Do Today list, I won’t reach for the remote at all. Another bad habit I had to break was YouTube videos. So many of use get distracted watching videos online for hours. That’s wasted time. I’ve gotten much better with that too. I also make it a point to go outside and walk for an hour a day, go to the gym and just get away from the screen. When I come back to it, I can think a little clearer and pick up right where I left off. Hope this helps.

    4. Irma fearless

      This is a great post and has so much wisdom! The amount of time I used to waste on useless tasks that did not help my life amazed me. Now that I am aware of my bad habits I am working on replacing them with good habits.
      I have found that implementing a daily planner has helped me a lot. I write out what I want to work on for the day and then start right away when I sit at my computer. No reading email, no checking the feed…only tasks that bring my goals closer to me. As a result I am getting so much more done. I used to think habits like that were pointless, but now I see that it is another layer of organization that my life needed.

    5. Nate Kidd

      This is very powerful. Habits can work in our favor or against us. I recently wrote a post about how our thoughts control us if we allow them to. I have hit a lot of those same topics here.

      I think if we can master our habits in a positive way, as you said we are bounds and leaps above others already. I always say, if you want to know the habits of a person and what they hold in high regard, look at their checking account and how they spend their money.

      We all can learn so much from this powerful post. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful resource.

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