The Sun Tzu Guide to Vanquishing Bad Habits (and My 30-Day No TV Challenge)

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“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” – Sun Tzu

Do you dream of defeating your bad habits for good?

Routing the bad, and sparing only the salvageable, usable elite (any useful parts of a bad habit)? Replacing it with something more productive?

Trying to deal with bad habits can be a terrible struggle.

There’s you, the ruler, the general, pitting limited willpower against well-established neural pathways and outside influences that compel you towards a certain behavior. The enemy.

It would hardly be an overstatement to call it an internal war.

When creating and sticking to good, and changing/eradicating bad habits, you are at once your own general, and your own worst enemy.

Rushing in head, no, will-power first, without a second thought, throwing yourself against temptation, outside influence, and established neural-pathways is a recipe for disaster. Thousands, if not millions, experience this after they make their ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ every year.

Success requires planning. Preparation.

Strategy.

That’s why you should use some of Sun Tzu’s timeless, strategic advice in our own personal battles against bad habits.
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When Changing Is Hard… 5 Steps To Follow Through

changeishardChange can be good, and it can be bad.

Yet somehow, it’s the bad changes that are easy.. and the good changes are hard.

Eating more and less healthy is easy, at least for me. And eating less and more healthy, is hard.

Exercising less is easy, too easy. Exercising more is hard.

In the interest of transparency, I have a confession to make. I’m less than a month into this blog, and already I’ve managed to not follow some of my own advice.

I was going to completely quit watching TV, and spend 40 hours a day doing productive things… but I failed. But that doesn’t mean that it’s time to give up, no.

It’s time to readjust and start again.

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