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December 26, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

How do you practice better self-discipline in behavior change as an entrepreneur?

I’ve read about 4 social psychology books on behavior change. Based on the review of that literature, I would suggest the following 14 changes:
• Get clear on your why (write it down). How is this consistent with your life goals?
• Get clear on your outcome (write it down)
• Set the path (make it easier, lower the barriers). Borrowed from Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
• Incentives
• Accountability. Peer pressure works.
• Commitments
• Visualization
• Gamify the experience (data in a tool or chart. The Getting Things Done methodology might be a good example of this. Also, you can provide a multiplier for more important tasks. Quora or Google productivity tools or getting things done)
• Change your associations or reframe
• Make it enjoyable if possible. Fun helps.
• Figure out what might be blocking you & change it (ie the why behind your status quo or your current behavior).
• Patience & determination.
• Figure out your trigger events. (based on BJ Fogg). You may add positive triggers as necessary
• Give yourself time to make an intelligent decision whenever your decision-point occurs.

There are a half dozen books on this topic out now–here are 3:
• Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
• Change Anything by Kerry Patterson & Joseph Grenny
• The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Note: Switch’s examples focuses both on individual & group change.

* Tackle: fear, procrastination, or negative self-talk

• Get encouragement if possible.
• Get a coach if necessary.
• Figure out a work around–another creative solution to the issue at hand.

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