Rooney Rule: Quitting old things that hold you back will achieve success faster than starting new things that you will probably never finish

Martin Rooney

Coach Martin Rooney has it right. Adding things without removing is a recipe for disaster. Adding exercise without removing junk from your diet is futile. Be smart with your choices. Instead of thinking about all the things you need to add to your life, remove a few things like excess television and internet, complaining, gossip, and junk food. If you can commit to removing these things you will be ready for adding others to replace those habits.

And once you understand that habits can change, you have the freedom and the responsibility to remake them. Once you understand that habits can be rebuilt, the power of habit becomes easier to grasp and the only option left is to get to work.

Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit

Pick one habit to remove and replace it with a healthier, more productive one. Instead of watching TV after work for 2 hours, go on a walk for 30 minutes. Instead of surfing the Internet before work, write 5 things you are thankful for. Instead of drinking soda and/or sugary drinks, only drink water.

Get a calendar and make a big red X each day you accomplish the task. Keep the chain moving.


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