Vital First Steps Toward Breaking Bad Habits

It took this "right between the eyes" realization for me to make necessary changes.  I still fight the temptation everyday.  I need to be reinforced everyday.  Editor at books-empower.com

This page will contain action steps related to breaking bad habits.  Good intentions are nice, positive thoughts are great, but action is required to overcome these roadblocks to a vibrant life. 

In the subsections that follow, we'll also provide links to specific pages related to this topic.  Many of them will offer the wisdom of empowering books.  Just below is perhaps the best explanation of the importance of breaking bad habits.

I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me,
and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed; you must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done, and after a few lessons I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great men.
And, alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine.
Plus, the intelligence of a man.
You may run me for profit, or run me for ruin; it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will put the world at your feet.
Be easy with me, and I will destroy you.
Who am I?

I am Habit!

Why Ready, Fire, Aim Is Better Than Nothing

In a perfect world we would do effective research and put together a proven plan to achieve desired results.  But that very method is often blocked by the exact thing we're trying to overcome.  We get so bogged in the perceived enormity of a situation that we just do nothing.

I'm suggesting that while getting prepared is the best first step in breaking bad habits, in many cases, my own included, just doing something will break through the inertia.  Successful course corrections can then be made to bring about faster and better results. 

"Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future."  Deepak Chopra

I recognized that I was spending too much time sitting around and wondering why time was moving by so fast while I seemed to just be a semi-interested spectator.  So I threw myself into a variety of new activities.  In my mind, I was breaking bad habits by working on new things.

And in a sense, this was true.  I was no longer just sitting around and watching.  But the pace was not sustainable and the reality was that I was just doing a marginal job in an array of areas.  My course correction, that followed some specific research from enlightening books, allowed me to focus on a few areas that really interested me and made me feel that I could offer some value to other people. 

So the first action step is to "throw mud on the wall and see what sticks."  Get moving physically and your mind will kick into high gear to guide you to the hot buttons that you will laser in on to make a real difference in your world.

Breaking Bad Habits With Money And Financial Literacy

Regular readers at books-empower.com know this is one of my hot buttons.  The next subsection features my other reason for building this web site.

I don't write this part of the page from a theoretical standpoint.  This isn't like a New York Times article from a pontificating "economist" who spouts business advice and criticism of business leaders, even though his career is filled with degrees, but no actual experience.

Breaking bad habits with money was one of my biggest challenges.  While not everyone reading this page would fall into this category, I'm betting that many of you would join me in this very much non-exclusive club.

The immediate actions steps are easy in this challenge:

* Write down how much you owe.  To everyone, even relatives who "don't expect to be paid back."

* Write down how much you bring home in actual cash each month.

* Stop spending more than you make.  This includes those "easy payment plans" and credit card purchases.

At the end of this subsection are two pages about debt relief.  Getting control of this first effort at breaking bad habits is the most important step.  This first action step is the one most people skip altogether.  And by doing so, they teach that same lesson to their children and the cycle repeats.

Your next action step is to turn off the television and become more financially literate.  In our page directory you'll find many postings about specific ways to increase your retirement accounts.  I've included some specific pages at the end of this subsection as well.  I would also highly recommend the six videos about the history of money, located in the page directory which can be found in the left margin of every page.

Debt relief (part one)

Debt relief (part two)

Self-directed IRA

Income tax

Entitlement generation

Deflation

401k investing

Reichsmark era

Jekyll Island

Breaking Bad Habits With Food Choices

Like so many things that become part of our routines in life, this area is the easiest trap to fall into and too often, the most difficult to escape.  Maybe some grew up with these practices and then passed them along to their children.  But the first big difference is that our parents and grandparents were not eating as much food that had been chemically altered.

And the second big change is fast food and far fewer times where we eat as a family, at the dinner table, with no television and with meals consisting of real, whole foods.

Your first action step in breaking bad habits with food choices is to go back to making meals at home.  Yes, it will take more time.  And yes, it will take some planning.  But yes, it will also greatly reduce your odds of being a member of the rapidly growing chronic disease club.

I shake my head in disbelief as I watch politicians debate various "health plans."  They speak about universal coverage and ways to pay for such things.  We just don't learn from history.

It took literally thousands of deaths from tobacco usage to impress upon people that breaking bad habits with tobacco was important.  Billions of dollars were spent on nicotine disease treatments.  I'm not suggesting that we shouldn't care for sick people.  But I am firmly stating that prevention in advance is much cheaper and vastly more effective.

Stop eating junk.  Become more aware of what major corporations are not telling us about the products that are making them incredibly wealthy, but may in fact be poisoning us. 

By making these first action steps in terms of food, we will definitely reduce the risks to our next generation.  And shouldn't that be one of our most important goals?  Shouldn't we be determined to leave things better than we found them?  Shouldn't we want our children to have it better than we did? 

Mediterranean diet plan

Type 2 diabetes

Belly fat weight loss

Benefits of superfoods

Stop overeating (part one of a three part series-the other two are linked to this page)

We All Get The Same 24 Hours Everyday

That headline is one of the most fair statements we can make about life.  We all get the same amount of time in each day.  Breaking bad habits centers around making use of a bigger part of that day. 

Take action right now.  Course correct as you gain more knowledge.  That means that you have to seek that knowledge in the first place.  I could give you a warmer, more sympathetic page about breaking bad habits, but the truth is this, and there is no disputing it.

We are where we are because of our decisions in life.  And doing nothing is a decision.  It took this "right between the eyes" realization for me to make necessary changes.  I still fight the temptation everyday.  I need to be reinforced everyday. 

That reinforcement comes from empowering books, success stories from others, and building this web site in hopes of inspiring you to make breaking bad habits and replacing them with powerful actions, a part of this amazing year of accomplishments.  I'd love to post your story to inspire our readers to even greater accomplishments in their own lives.

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Just below is a quote from "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson.  The chapter title is "Open Your Heart To Compassion." 

"Every day we are given hundreds of opportunities to practice compassion in action.  We can learn to be less reactive and live with more patience.

We can smile when others are serious.  We can drive our cars more carefully, pick up litter on the streets, recycle, and reduce our consumption.

We can resolve conflicts rather than create them, and we can become less judgemental and more inclusive.  When someone is aggressive, we can teach them to be more peaceful.  Instead of waiting for an example, we can be the example.

The more compassion that enters your heart, the happier and more peaceful you will become.  By knowing that you are doing your part to create a better world-whatever form that takes-you will fill any void that exists in your life, and you will begin to find the peace you are looking for."

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Just below is an article from Peter Schiff about passing the buck from one administration to the next.

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