How to Get Rid of Bad Habits – Episode #16

by Richard Wilson on May 30, 2011

In this episode Richard shares a lesson he learned in how to destroy most of your bad habits at once. This strategy was discovered on accident and involves changing your entire environment so that you disrupt all of your day-to-day patterns and processes.  (Download this Mp4 Video)

Video Transcript/Summary: While relocating to work in Sao Paulo, Brazil last year Richard discovered that all of his normal habits, his daily schedule, and how he approached his work and self-training completely changed.  Here are the insights related to why this happened and what we can all learn from this:

  • Over 90% of our daily activities and energy expenditure is based on habits.  The way we drive to work, brush our teeth, choose what to eat for breakfast, and automatically open our email or Facebook page every day is almost all automatic.
  • Almost every habit that you have or that you perform during the work day makes you money or takes money away from you
  • You can destroy your current habits, good and bad by changing your work environment so drastically that you must re-design everything from scratch. You are in a sense starting with a clean slate, allowing yourself to start new with all of the additional knowledge you have gained about what you should and should not be doing since the last time you started with a clean slate.
  • You can change your environment by working out of a hotel or vacation house for a week or a month, by working from a different country for 90 days (typical visa permit period), or by simply working out of a internet coffee house one day a week when you need to really focus on big projects.

Try to use this lesson this week, schedule some time to get out of your normal routine and break out of your normal habits so you can outperform and re-design how you spend your energy without hanging on to your past habits.

Thanks for joining us, and I will see you again soon,

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