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The Secret Weapon To Overcoming Bad Habits – Guest Post by Bamboo Forest

By Bamboo Forest

While knowledge is necessary to overcome any bad habit, it’s by no means enough. In fact, we’ve all had experiences where we know something isn’t good for us, but do it anyways.

So if you have a stubborn habit of any kind that you’ve had difficulty kicking, I can’t recommend enough that you add this one thing to your arsenal of techniques:

Read 30 minutes every day.

The mind isn’t good at holding a vision. In fact, it often takes the path of least resistance, trying to get you to forget the hard work needed to attain what you seek.

Reading daily, whether general motivation or on the specific habit you want to transcend can do absolute wonders for your efforts.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”~Zig Ziglar

Ever heard the saying, ‘out of sight, out of mind’? Well, it’s true and it’s the enemy to your success. You need to take personal responsibility for having your mind meditate as much as possible on what you want to accomplish and daily reading will do it better than anything else.

Will Smith champions the tactic of reading to live our best lives:

Paraphrasing, “there’s been kazillions of people that have lived before all of us…”

He goes on to say,

“There’s no new problem you could have with your parents, with school, with a bully, with anything; there’s no problem you can have that someone hasn’t already solved and wrote about it in a book.”

He’s 100% correct. But it’s not just the techniques these books provide. It’s being reminded daily of what you want to accomplish. Also, when you read every day it’s as if you’re sending a message to the Cosmos, “Hey, no matter what happens, I’m gonna get my 30 minutes of reading in because I want to be my best self.”

If you’re honest with yourself you can always find 30 minutes to read every day. It’s worth the sacrifice.

Since I’m writing a post on overcoming habits, I want to recommend “Awaken the Giant Within” by Anthony Robbins as the best I’ve ever read in this genre.

Maybe in some ways you don’t actually need to try harder to kick your habit. Or as Seth Godin says,

“The usual mantra is to ‘try harder’. Trying harder is impossible when you’re already trying as hard as you can.

But you can always try different.” [Bold emphasis mine]

Are you getting your 30 minutes in each day? If not, maybe this trick can do the trick. Also, don’t give it up if it hasn’t worked immediately. There can be a lag before the results really show. Be consistent.

“When you change your focus, often you don’t immediately change direction. Isn’t that true in life as well? Often there’s a lag time between when you direct your focus and when your body and your life’s experience catch up.”~Anthony Robbins

Regardless of the outcome, however, there’s absolutely no denying that reading 30 minutes a day will guarantee your mind receives motivation, inspiration and wisdom, daily.

That alone is worth it.

About The Author:

Bamboo Forest writes for Pun Intended, a blog that will make you laugh and feel inspired. He also created an online timer that helps you KILL procrastination. If you like the timer, you may want to follow his tweets.

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  • Hilary March 20, 2010, 1:57 am

    Hi Josh and Bamboo Forest – thank you – love your quotes ..bathing daily .. motivation will too if we do it every day .. and out of sight out of mind .. – it is true .. build in reading to our daily lives, as we do so many other things that we feel we need – and we need to read, to learn, to gather information, to open our minds .. so those thoughts can roll around generating ideas and opportunities .. exactly as you say in your last paragraph. Thanks so much .. for reminding us of the value of reading .. Have a good reading weekend .. Hilary

    • Bamboo Forest - PunIntended March 20, 2010, 10:28 am

      Thanks. Well said. Reading allows us to continually soak in the wisdom of others, which helps us live optimal lives.

  • Robby G March 20, 2010, 7:40 am

    Specifically like the Will Smith quote. Reading and motivation both need to be reignited everyday.

  • Sarah Stone March 20, 2010, 7:41 am

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for this bit of insight – it’s so simple and yet so powerful 🙂 I do similar with housework that I don’t want to do – set a timer and do them for 5 mins a day or whatever amount of time I can face doing but no more than 15 mins a day otherwise I burn out and do 2 days and then leave it for 5 as I chose not to face it!

    Cheers Sarah

    • Bamboo Forest - PunIntended March 20, 2010, 10:32 am

      Timers are awesome 🙂 Setting a timer is a great way to motivate yourself to do something you find difficult to get yourself to do. Definitely.

  • Srinivas Rao March 20, 2010, 8:28 am

    Love the advice in this post. I’ve been a voracious reader since I started my blog and it’s amazing how much it not only improves life but also helps to inspire content for the blog.

    • Bamboo Forest - PunIntended March 20, 2010, 10:33 am

      True. Reading books is probably the best thing a blogger can do. I wrote a post on this subject recently, but it hasn’t gone live yet. Reading blogs is an important part of a blogger’s strategy for coming up with ideas. But… if you want to stand out and come up with really unique ideas that no one else is, books are the best source.

  • Joy Tanksley March 20, 2010, 11:28 am

    Hey there! Thanks for this great insight. I loved all your quotes! Reading (and then internalizing) the wisdom of others has been a huge part of several deep changes I’ve made in my life.

    I totally agree with this: “don’t give it up if it hasn’t worked immediately. There can be a lag before the results really show.” For me, there is ALWAYS a lag. I think that has something to do with the way new pathways form in our brains. It takes time to really get a deep new pathway formed.

    I look forward to checking out Awaken the Giant Within. The book that was probably most transformative for me was Steering by Starlight by Martha Beck.

  • Bamboo Forest - PunIntended March 20, 2010, 11:36 am

    That’s a good point and I think you’re exactly right. The lag is because the new neural passageway is developing. And the old neural passageway is dieing. Of course, hard work must be done for this process to occur. But with enough hard work, it happens.

    Can’t recommend that book enough. I’ll check out your recommendation too.

  • vikum March 21, 2010, 2:59 am

    Totally agree with what you have said about the motivation. So when considering about the ways to fuel it, reading is the best way I think.
    great post Bamboo forest. I’m heading to check your site 🙂
    Have a nice day !

  • Amy Harrison March 21, 2010, 10:12 am

    I have a few stock books that I love and I read and reread them, and usually if I’m reading them a lot, and regularly, a big change will be coming, but then I set the books aside and there’s a cycle of same ol same ol, and then the books come out and then there’s change.

    This time I’m going to keep the books around and see what happens. 🙂

    • Bamboo Forest - PunIntended March 21, 2010, 10:14 am

      Ensuring that every day we soak up a little information that reminds us of who we want to be can have tremendously positive effects on us. Glad to know you put it to practice.

  • Erin May 15, 2011, 7:29 pm

    Thank you. This grandfather has been using your advice for months. Some of the best time I’ve shared with my grandchildren has been “around a book”. EB