Building new habits in life and business TED Talks - Remke Blog

In a few minutes, learn new foundations for building new habits with these 2 short TED Talks.

If you struggle with breaking bad habits this blog is for you! We present 2 TED Talks that tackle the subject with unique approaches to building new habits. And it will only take about 13 minutes of your life to begin making positive changes.

Whether it’s personal habits like overeating or smoking, or business habits like being chronically late or forgetting deadlines, we hope you can find some great new ideas and insights to making changes, without so much struggle!

A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit

This TED Talk by Psychiatrist and addiction expert Judson Brewer explains the connection between addiction and mindfulness, and how to leverage it to break bad habits and form better ones.

In 9 min. 24 sec. he presents a simple, yet profound theory that simply being mindful about a bad habit is the first step to eliminating it from your life. Start by being mindful, curious and aware of what happens to you when you’re ‘doing’ the bad habit. How you feel, what you think about, what your body is sensing and other things about your environment can be the key to change.

When you’ve spent some time simply being mindful about your addiction, you can truly put mind over matter and make a change for the better.

Bad habits like overeating or smoking, mild addictions like too much internet time or even major addictions can be overcome using these tactics as part of your overall plan.


Try Something New for 30 Days

Do something you’ve always wanted to do, for 30 days. Write a novel. Travel. Bike to work. Stop Twittering. It could be anything you want to do, or stop doing!

In this TED Talk from Google Engineer Matt Cutts, he talks about a simpler way to set and achieve goals. It’s about making small changes, instead of giant ones. Small changes are sustainable in the long-run. Thus, the 30 day timeframe.

In is own experiments with this tactic, he found that time didn’t fly by as it usually does. Instead it was more memorable, present and fulfilling. He experienced a growth in self-confidence too, which lead him to accomplish things he never thought possible.

“The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not. So why not think about something you’ve always wanted to try, and give it a shot. For the next 30 days.”


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