How to Create Habits That Stick [Updated]

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Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it.  ~Horace Mann Isn’t it amazing that every day, we have the ability to reinvent ourselves? We can learn new skills and create habits that make us healthier, more interesting, more productive, and more valuable in the eyes of…  Continue Reading

No Motivation? 7 Ways To Overcome Your Lack Of Motivation

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A guest post by Kayla Matthews It seems like the only habits that stick are the ones we wish we could break: smoking, checking phones every 27 seconds, or using the words “awesome” or “literally” in every sentence. Good habits are hard to build and bad habits are hard to break. Make a resolution to…  Continue Reading

42 Bad Habits That Suck Your Energy

Ever have those days when you feel you’re dragging a ball and chain behind you? Everything is a struggle. Your productivity has tanked, your energy is at rock-bottom, and you just want to crawl in a hole and suck your thumb. Sometimes it’s easy to identify why we’re so lethargic. We might feel physically ill,…  Continue Reading

Keystone Habits: 7 Small Changes That Create Big Results

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If you could accomplish one big goal in the next year, what would it be?  What important aspirations do you have to improve your life, your career, or your health? For me, it’s to write and publish several books on Kindle. Also, I’d like to lose some weight and increase my running speed and distance. Big goals…  Continue Reading

The Ultimate List Of Habits: 175 Positive Actions For A Better You

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Every day you make choices. Those choices create your thoughts and actions. Your thoughts and actions develop your habits. And your habits define your life. If you examine many of the activities of your day, you’ll see they are actually good and bad habits you’ve developed over the years. Some of them were developed in…  Continue Reading

The Habits Of Happiness: 8 Core Truths From Author Gretchen Rubin

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Gretchen Rubin knows a lot about happiness. She spent an entire year, using herself as a test subject, to determine what makes us happy and how we can be happier in our everyday lives. The results of her year-long journey are chronicled in the #1 New York Times and International bestselling book, The Happiness Project,…  Continue Reading

Changing Habits: 7 Lessons From Ultra Athlete Rich Roll

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I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Rich Roll, an ultra-endurance athlete named one of the 25 fittest men in the world by Men’s Fitness magazine. I interviewed him for my Sticky Habits Course. Rich’s story is fascinating and inspiring. He wasn’t always an ultra-endurance athlete and for most of his life would not have…  Continue Reading

Growth Mindset: 6 Keys To Unlock Your Potential

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I learned something really amazing today. This afternoon I interviewed Dr. Carol Dweck, a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation. She’s a guest expert for my upcoming Sticky Habits Course. Dr. Dweck has spent decades researching achievement and success, and through her research…  Continue Reading

Self-Motivated? 4 Science-Based Secrets To Achievement And Success


I run every other day. However, only about a quarter of the time do I feel motivated to run before I begin. Even less so in the winter. It’s cold outside, and I’m quite comfortable inside. Most of the time, I’d rather stay put than put on my running clothes and push my body. But I…  Continue Reading

10 Positive Life Changes You Will Never Regret

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After reading this sentence, close your eyes and think about how many proactive, substantial life changes you’ve made in the last year. Got it? Now I’m not talking about deciding to change your hair color or getting a new car. I’m talking about those big life changes that shift the course of your life in…  Continue Reading

Positive Habits: 5 Small Changes To Dramatically Upgrade Your Life

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Sometimes it’s the smallest changes that make the biggest differences in our lives. Look back over your life and consider the little tweaks you’ve made that led you to be happier, healthier, or more fulfilled. At the time you initiated these changes, you may have felt little impact. But in retrospect you see how profound…  Continue Reading

4 Healthy Living Habits I’ve Recently Adopted

Recently I calculated my “real age” through one of the life expectancy assessments. I was pleased to see that I’m expected to live to the ripe old age of 104 — if I continue the same healthy lifestyle choices I currently practice. Some of the healthy choices that contribute to longevity are obvious — wearing…  Continue Reading

3 Habits You Must Give Up If You Want Sustained Happiness

You, my friend, were born with a birthright. You were born with the birthright to be happy every single day. Everything you need to be happy is given to you from the moment you make your first cry. And you still have those things to this very day. You have your primary needs met —…  Continue Reading

Creating Habits for Life with Leo Babauta

On Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 at 3 pm Pacific/6 pm Eastern, Leo Babauta of Zen Habits will share some of the things he has learned about creating habits (read His Story for some of the habits he has created and changed). He is hosting a free webinar called How to Engineer Habit Changes that will take about an…  Continue Reading

8 Bad Behavior Habits to Avoid Like the Plague

Here’s a tough question for you. Are you likable? Do people find it easy, energizing, and refreshing to be around you? In my work as a coach, I’ve seen how people will unknowingly carry around the baggage of bad behaviors — behaviors that hold them back from loving relationships, career growth, and simple life happiness….  Continue Reading