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Anchoring a habit

Steven Aitchison
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Anchoring a habit

I was reading an article written by Gleb Reys Creative Habit Naming and I thought it was a great idea. It got me thinking about how else we could develop habits so that they don't become a chore for us.

anchoring_a_habitIf we anchor a habit to another habit this would increase out chances of developing the new habit. I never really gave it much thought but I have been doing this unconsciously for a number of months.

I have been practicing the law of attraction and part of this involves thinking about my intentions every day and I also think about what I am grateful for every day. When I get up in the morning I go downstairs and turn on the computer. Now my computer being quite old, it takes about 7 minutes to boot and load up all the software etc so I use those 7 minutes to internalise everything I am grateful for in life: My wife, my kids, our health, our love for each other, my job etc and then I go on to visualise my intentions for my life, and I have around 20 at the moment.

I turn my computer on every single morning which is the habit and I now practice my gratitude and intentions which is anchoring the habit to an existing one.

This is a great idea for doing other things we might not necessarily do. For example, I spend about 1-2 hours every day in my car driving to see clients etc. Instead of listening to the radio, I listen to podcasts I have downloaded, books on CD, self help developments books, and my intentions. I also practice speaking in my car gestures and all, it doesn't matter that I look a bit crazy I don't know the people who might be thinking this so what does it matter. I am practicing a seminar in my head I am giving for the "˜law of attraction', it's a 5 hour seminar, and because I haven't really done it before I am quite apprehensive so I am practicing it in the car. So I am anchoring a new habit to the existing habit of driving

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Steven Aitchison

Steven Aitchison

Steven Aitchison is the author of The Belief Principle and an online trainer teaching personal development and online business.  He is also the creator of this blog which has been running since August 2006.