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Feb 21, 2019 22:31:05

Want vs. Should

by @juliasaxena PATRON | 202 words | 218🔥 | 222💌

Julia Saxena

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Want to establish a new habit? Maybe it's something that is not entirely pleasant but that would be really good for you. 

The solution: You're not allowed to do something you want to do until you've done something you should do. 

(I heard about this concept first from James Clear in his book Atomic Habits.)

Here are my ideas on how you can make this work in your favor:

Want to eat chocolate? Only after you've eaten your veggies. 

Want to listen to a new audiobook? Only on the treadmill. 

Want to play some video games? Only after you've cleaned up the house. 

Want to watch Netflix? Only after you've written your 200 words for the day. 

Want to check Facebook or Instagram? Only after you've meditated at least for one minute. 

Want to eat more chocolate? Only after you've completed your workout. 

Want to have a drink? Only after you've had a whole glass of water. 

Want to surf the internet mindlessly? Only after you've gone outside for a walk. 

Want to buy something shiny and new? Only after you've expressed gratitude for what you already have in life. 

Want to break a promise? Only after you've completed 500 burpees in a row. 


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    @juliasaxena I like your thinking. This is yet more reinforcement to start reading Atomic Habits!

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 21, 2019 19:59:41
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