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The 5 Steps To Kicking ANY Bad Habit!


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Hi Everyone,

If I had to pinpoint the one factor that foils
the success of a majority of solo entrepreneurs,
it would be establishing bad habits.

NO question about it.

My clients, for example, when they first begin to
work with me, are typically equal in ambition, intelligence
and education.

However, their bad habits create a vicious form of
self sabotage.

Consequently, over 30+ years of being a solo
entrepreneur, and working with them, I have made it
my passion to help my clients kick bad habits.

Over the years, mostly through trial and error(LOTS
of trial and error), I have found that if my clients follow
5 steps faithfully, they can whip ANY bad habit into

I outline the 3 steps in my ebook, “The Alligator Syndrome”,
which is available on my blog as a free download.

However, this post reveals a condensed version of the 5 steps, so here goes….

1) Define your goals and then commit yourself to achieving them.
People who acknowledge that they need to make a change in
their life are more likely to achieve that change than those
individuals who think that they may, or may not, have a problem.
Taking active steps towards making that change (i.e., joining
a mastermind group) will move you closer to success in kicking
the habit. Change is not easy and requires commitment. As a start,
by defining your specific behavior goals, you can begin tailoring
your activities and attitudes accordingly.

2) Establish clear and realistic sub-goals and timelines. Rome was not built in a day – if it was that easy to kick a bad habit, we simply wouldn’t have bad habits. Chart your progress in a diary or calendar that outlines a realistic amount of time to eliminate the bad habit. If you are checking emails 8 times a day, and have a goal of cutting down to checking them 3 times a day,  give yourself a few weeks to achieve this. The first big hurdle is to achieve 90-days of the target behavior.

3) Don’t do it alone. Get help. If you choose to discuss your goals with others, choose people who want you to succeed. Quitting bad habits is hard enough without having to watch the people near you enjoying what you have now deprived yourself of.  If you want to quit smoking and your spouse is still smoking, your goal will be significantly more challenging. Find someone with the same goals, who wants to kick the same habit. Find support from friends, family, colleagues, or a certified coach.

4) Add, don’t just subtract. Add competing desirable behaviors to compensate for the elimination of bad habits. We often need something to take the place of a habit to help us maintain focus to successfully kick a habit. By replacing bad habits with positive ones, like exercise, meditation, time with family, healthier foods and activities, you are less likely to replace old bad habits with new bad habits.

5) Reward yourself! Continue to acknowledge and reward yourself for the “baby-steps” you take in kicking a bad habit. Let the people around you reward your success and cheer you on the next step. This can be accomplished by setting up a “success amount” that continues to reward you as you continue to succeed. For example, you can treat yourself to a desired CD for every week of success and a DVD player for achieving 90-days of maintaining a target behavior. If you are going to buy these things anyway, you might as well do it in a way that helps you with your life goals.

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Who is Michael Hutchins?

Michael Hutchins is a heart centered coach and consultant
who assists solo business owners in finding ideal clients
by teaching them how to market their business online. he is
a gifted teacher with a great sense of humor and limitless
patience.Michael is unique in that he also helps his clients
double their productivity by turning their time into money.
Michael currently has clients from 7 countries. His clients
include coaches, network marketing professionals, offline
professionals, and small business owners, among others. Read
what Michael’s clients are saying about him HERE:

email: Phone: (281)558 6373 (US-CST)
Skype: mike.hutchins1224





  1. Judy says:

    Hi Michael- AWESOME information as usual! I just lost 30 pounds by using some of the very techniques you describe. GOTTA share!


  2. Louis M says:

    I just finished reading “The Alligator Syndrome”, and really loved it. Your writing style is fun, yet very informative. Your sense of humor really shows, which makes learning from you fun. I look forward to our next session!

    Check you later-


  3. Marg says:

    Just returned from our international conference.
    These tips are timely.

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