The best habit building tool is clear visualization of outcomes.

Ideally, simulating the exact feeling, either positive or negative, that doing the habit would create.

This is much easier said than done. In general it requires 4 things:

1. A believable way of quantifying the end state.

2. A strong emotional connection to the end state.

3. A way of triggering this emotional connection.

4. Trust that the habit you are considering will result in the end state.

1. A believable way of quantifying the end state. You must have a specific way of describing what the positive or negative outcome of your action is.

This can’t be general. “I’ll be happier” is not specific. Its important that you know exactly what is going to happen.

2. A strong emotional connection to the end state. Knowing what is going to happen isn’t useful if you don’t care about it. You should have experienced it in the past so that you can effectively re-live that feeling. Tie the specific outcome to something that you care deeply about. Not something that you think you should care about, but something that you actually do care about.

3. A way of triggering this emotional connection. This powerful emotional feeling isn’t helpful if you can’t trigger it. The best way to do this is to use visualizations. Whether its drawing on a piece of paper or walking yourself through how you will feel in the future.

4. Trust that the action you are considering will result in the end state. If you’re not confident that the action you are considering will result in the end state you re visualizing, then you will not care. So, examine all the possible results of the actions you are considering. See if there are other actions that are necessary to ensure good outcomes.

^Day 76/90 308 words

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