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Time Planner 2013

"Since we live in a changing universe, why do men oppose change ? If a rock is in the way, the root of a tree will change direction. .. Even a rat will change its direction to get a piece of cheese"

- Melvin B Tolson

How to cultivate new habits


Do you have habits which you want to give up ?

Are there new habits you want to cultivate ? Habits have a tremendous pull and breaking deeply embedded habits requires will power.

"Habits are like a cable. We weave a strand of it every day and soon it cannot be broken."

Developing new habits and breaking old ones requires regular repetitive practice.

Identify habits you want to change and in this section, mark out every day whether you have practiced your new habits. Monitor your progress every day.

Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of America, developed a system over two hundred years ago for eliminating bad habits and cultivating new ones. This system is widely used in personal development courses today.

He listed 13 virtues or habits which he felt were important to him. He worked on each virtue in turn, focussing on one per week. He marked his accomplishment every day in a small notebook he carried around.

At the end of 13 weeks, he went back to the first habit and started over again to reinforce his behavior.

After completing the project he commented:

"And like him who, having a garden to weed, does not attempt to eradicate all the bad herbs at once, which would exceed his reach and his strength, but works on one of the beds at a time, and, having accomplish'd the first, proceeds to a second, so I should have, I hoped, the encouraging pleasure of seeing on my pages the progress I made in virtue, by clearing successively my lines of their spots, till in the end, by a number of courses, I should he happy in viewing a clean book, after a thirteen weeks' daily examination."

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