Should Do’s and To Don’ts


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Old habits die hard. The keys to habit change are Awareness and Tracking.


Awareness = Knowing what habits you currently have or don’t have. Some of the habits you have are good habits and some are bad habits.

Make a list of the bad habits you would like to remove. Also, this is a good time to make a list of some good habits you would like to adopt.

I listed many of the good habits in my books Rich Habits and Change Your Habits Change Your Life. If you don’t have my books, here’s a good list from SUCCESS Magazine:

16 Rich Habits


Tracking = a system or process that makes habit change possible.

Because habits are sticky, you need some process to help you in your quest to remove bad habits and add good habits:

  • Daily To Don’t List – This is a list of bad habits you currently have that you want to eliminate. Each day that you are able to avoid engaging in your bad habits, you check off the box next to the To Don’t Habit.
  • Daily Should Do List – This is a list of good habits you would like to adopt. Each day that you engage in a good habit, you check off the box next to the Should Do Habit.

After about a month, the neural connections behind old bad habits will begin to weaken and the new neural connections behind new good habits will strengthen. Depending on the complexity of the habit, it could take anywhere from a few weeks to six months before an old habit dies or a new habit is formed.

Keep it simple. Focus on no more than three old bad habits and three new good habits.

Good luck and let me know how you are progressing.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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