It’s been said that habit builds character and character is destiny. Your life experience probably agrees.

The areas of your life that you want to improve, your weight, fitness, emotional and financial stability for example, are not governed by some specific decision you took in the distant past. They are governed by the thousands of small decisions you make every day.

A most interesting fact is that most of these decisions didn’t even require conscious deliberation on your part. The law of behavioral inertia dictates that unless a external force acts we will continue to behave as we always have. Which ironically is both good and bad news.

The bad news is that breaking the habits of fast food and sedimentary life style can be difficult. The good news is that once we have developed good habits they can be as hard to break as the bad ones. So the key to building the life you deserve is to acquire the habits you want rather than the ones that advertising and convenience suggest

So how do we develop a new habit? The two key elements to developing a new habit are will and support structures. You need to power of will to decide on what habit you wish to acquire and to begin practicing the desired behavior. After that your success or failure will largely be determined by the support structures you have put in place.

One example of a support structure you can control is your environment. Would it be easier to eat healthily if you hung around a health food store or a pizzeria? Of course it would be easier if you were hanging around a health food store, surrounded by images of healthy people eating healthy food. Yet many people make it much harder to adopt new healthy habits by not changing the aspects of their environment that stand in the way.

A daily checklist is another example of a support structure you can put in place to make adopting new habits and changing your life easier. A daily checklist is simply a list of the tasks you would like to complete everyday that will bring you closer to adopting the habits you desire. Every day you check off, with a tick or a cross, whether you have completed the tasks.

Many famous people, such as Jerry Seinfeld, have talked about how daily checklists enabled them to change their life for the better.

When you are creating a daily checklist there are some simple rules that will help ensure you maximize your benefit.

Your daily checklist should be written. Your daily checklist should contain mostly tasks you expect to perform every day. The tasks on your checklist should all involve an action rather than just thinking about something.

It may help if you tell other people, your family perhaps, that you are keeping the checklist. This will make you feel more committed and accountable.

The most important aspect of your daily checklist is that it is quick, easy and fun to use.

If you have gone a long period of time without completing the tasks on your daily task list and you are starting to feel negative emotions when you look at or think about it feel free to start again with a fresh checklist. But do not throw away the record of your previous efforts. Your collection of half completed previous efforts will stop you from relaxing into starting over every time you face a difficulty.

There are lots more tips to know about using daily checklists to their full potential but the main thing is that you realize that you can chose the habits that will rule your life, you can take control. Get that daily checklist started today!

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