Don’t Decide to Fail

      The best time to start that good habit is 20 years ago.  The second best time is right now.
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      Last week, my son told me that he wanted to stop eating sugar.  His plan:  start the new habit from the next day, because he had some treats he wanted to finish that day.  Why waste them?
      I told him that waiting to start is the KILLER of good habits.  If you decide to smart tomorrow, you are deciding to fail.
      A 2015 study by Gustavson, et. al shows that procrastination is influenced by genetics.  People with strong general executive functions don’t procrastinate as much.  And apparently the specific executive components are influenced by genetics.  Bad news.  But you are not bound by correlations to genetics.  Start today.
     Follow up: my son still eats sugar.

To read more about the study, google the the reference:  doi: 10.1037/xge0000110.

Published by Brock Stout, PhD

Brock has helped many people to be extremely successful. He has lived in various countries and has enjoyed several careers, but is now a writer and a coach. He sustained mild lead poisoning as a child, resulting in neurological damage. The result was a life of learning disabilities, always struggling to keep up. But he completed two degrees from competitive universities, then advised Wall Street executives in Asia for 15 years. He later earned a PhD and worked as a university professor for six years. He has started three profitable companies in between. So he particularly wants to help those with special learning challenges. Because so many of us now have these special challenges, they are no longer special. But they are challenges. He wants you to TEACH YOURSELF how to be successful.

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