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Monday Motivation 9/12/11

Posted by Craig Summers on January 1, 1970
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“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
~ Unknown


I found this audio interview excerpt online with Dan Robey, the author of The Power of Positive Habits. I thought it was amazing information and just had to share!! Enjoy!

AudioMotivation: Now how to we go about acquiring these new positive habits?

Dan Robey: Well, what research has found is that it only takes 21 days for you to repeat an action before it is very likely that it is going to become a new habit in your life so what we want to do is start gaining knowledge that can be converted into an action for only 21 days.

We are talking about three weeks out of somebody’s life. So, what I tell people is to start gaining knowledge that can be “actionized” and that is the term that I coined in the book.

I looked at the dictionary and there really is no word “actionized”. But what I’m really saying to people is we have all heard before that knowledge is power, so I am saying to you is you “actionize” knowledge for 21 days, which is only three weeks, which means repeat the action for 21 days only.

What you’re going to do is create a new habit in your life which is permanent and automatic, and when you think about it since habits are permanent and automatic it is the best tool you can possibly have because you are really putting yourself on autopilot and that is what my book is all about.

You can put your mind and your body on autopilot in only 21 days and start reaching your goal automatically. The way you are going to do that is you’re going to repeat actions and those actions are going to become new and automatic permanent habits.

AudioMotivation: Now this all sounds great Dan but nothing comes easy and it must not be easy acquiring new positive habits.

Dan Robey: Well, it’s actually easy to acquire new habits, because in fact we are really doing it all of the time. Most people are not aware of the fact that they are doing it, but I will give you a perfect example. When most people go out of town they rent a car. So when you get into the car, the first thing you do is try and find where the ignition switch is, where is the radio dial, where is the window button, how do you put the windows up and down.

So what you’re doing is you are familiarizing yourself with the car that you will be driving for the weekend so as you drive around you are acquiring new driving habits.

If you had bought a car instead of renting it would only be a matter of a few weeks before you would have completely acquired new driving habits with your new car. It is the same thing with buying habits; people have a certain brand of gum that they like, maybe we like a certain kind of dessert.

You go to the store and get used to buying it all the time and notice that you always have that on your shelf, it becomes a buying habit. And that is how easy it is to create new habits in your life.

Now knowing that it is that easy to do what we want to do is start arming ourselves with information. So when I started writing the book, my big challenge was I had to go and do all of the research and study all the medical journals, the publications, talk to the PhD’s and doctors and the motivation people, the Tony Robbinses, the Zig Ziglars and find out what all these people did that made them successful, find out what the new medical studies are that showed that if you do X, Y, Z and it becomes a habit then it will lower your cholesterol automatically, give you a healthier heart automatically, make you a positive thinker automatically, make you more successful automatically.

So, my challenge was to go out and spend a year and a half almost 2 years doing the research and talking with all the top experts and then consolidating all the information down into a series of dozens and dozens of habits which we are going to be talking about.

This is the knowledge that you need so you can say OK now I know that this knowledge says if I do X, Y, Z I am going to have a healthier heart, I am going to reduce my risk of getting cancer, I’m going to lose weight automatically, whatever it might be.

So that is basically what I’m trying to do. I am trying to give people the knowledge that they need so they can “actionize” new knowledge into habits and then put themselves on autopilot.

**Interview excerpted from with Dan Robey
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