Category: Changes

Changing Habits Changes You

Posted by davidjsinger - February 13, 2019 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Healthy, Changes, eating, Habits, Health, Healthspan, Learning
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I was listening to a podcast about healthy eating and the person being interviewed said people crave salty, sugary, and fatty foods. The more we eat of them, he went on, the less we taste them—and then we eat more and more of them until we feel satisfied. I’ve experienced this phenomenon in the opposite […]

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James Clear on Making Habits

Posted by davidjsinger - January 16, 2019 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Changes, Habits, Learning
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I’ve been reading articles by James Clear for a bunch of years. He shares all kinds of useful life hacks. Over the last few years, he has written quite a bit about making and keeping good habits, a subject that is near and dear to my heart—and core to my message. His suggestions differ from […]

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Multitasking & Making Habits

Posted by davidjsinger - December 19, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Organized, Be Present, Changes, Habits, Learning, Organization, organized
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As any regular reader here knows, I’ve written a lot about how to make changes stick – break down your goals into small pieces and work on one at a time for the 21 days it takes to create a habit. As I have explained, we have a limited amount of willpower, so it’s important […]

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Removing Temptations to help your Willpower

Posted by davidjsinger - September 26, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Organized, Changes, Habits, Well-Being, willpower
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I’ve written a lot about the way willpower impacts our ability to make changes that stick. The bottom line: we have a limited stock of willpower. It’s been studied. It’s a fact. Because of this, the key to making changes that stick is to go slow; to break down your big goals into small pieces […]

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More Ways to Make New Habits Stick

Posted by davidjsinger - June 13, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Changes, Habits
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Last year I wrote a piece on commitment devices, another practice to help you to make good habits stick. A reader sent me a note saying how much he loved the piece, and he told me what he and his wife have been doing to make changes that stick, as follows: “My wife and I […]

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Healthy Habits Breed Success

Posted by davidjsinger - June 6, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Changes, Habits, Learning
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This is a guest post by Ash Govender. Making changes can be hard. In your own case, you may have often heard someone say: “make it a habit to…..” followed by some difficult to accomplish task. Then, you try it a few times until you either stop because you don’t see results, or you let […]

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Temptation Bundling & Making Changes that Stick

Posted by davidjsinger - April 25, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Changes, Habits, Learning
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I have written about the fresh start effect, which I heard about on an episode of the Freakonomics Radio podcast, When Willpower Isn’t Enough. I have written often about the way willpower impacts our ability to make changes that stick—simply, we have a limited amount of willpower (it’s been studied), which is why we fail […]

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Fresh Starts to Make Changes that Stick

Posted by davidjsinger - March 28, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Changes, Habits, Learning
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Freakonomics, which I read many years ago, remains one of the most entertaining books I have read. Stephen Dubner, one of the book’s authors, hosts the Freakonomics Radio podcast, which I don’t regularly listen to (because I listen to too many others). The podcast’s web site describes it this way: “Stephen J. Dubner has surprising […]

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Habits for Successful Resolutions

Posted by davidjsinger - January 11, 2018 - Be a Lifelong Learner, Changes, Habits, Learning
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I read a good piece in Fast Company with suggestions from people who are successful with their New Year’s resolutions. The first suggestion was near to my heart: Their resolutions revolve around small changes. New Year’s resolutions tend to fail because we take on too many goals at once, or goals that are too big. […]

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More on Proactive Positivity

Posted by davidjsinger - November 8, 2017 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Present, Celebrate Your Progress, Changes, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Helping Others, Mindfulness, Optimism, Positivity, Well-Being
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I’ve written many times about what I call Proactive Positivity, actions you can take to help yourself to be happier, such as: expressing gratitude, smiling, helping others, exercising, spending time with people you like, looking for silver linings, being present, seeing the glass as half full, celebrating your progress, laughing, having fun, pursuing your passions, […]

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