How to Get a Better Outcome

changing Your Habits = Better Results

“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it”.Jack Canfield

As America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach people ask me “How can I use advanced hypnotherapy (hypnosis) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to change my life?” The short answer is that, although powerful, these brain technologies cannot change your life, they can only shift the way you look at life. Then you have to choose what to do with that change in perspective.

In reality, the only way you can make any use of these shifts in perspective is by choosing different behaviors, behaviors that become habits that cause you to take daily action that move you toward your goals and dreams.

New Behaviors = New Results

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”- Albert Einstein

Many times people want their life to change but they don’t want to do anything different. Any changes in your life come as a result of new behaviors. These new behaviors then become habits, things you do automatically on a regular basis.

How do you make new habits?

That’s easy. Use these eight steps to successfully creating any habit:

1) Decide on Your Outcome

2) Determine the Reward You’ll Get from Making the Change

3) List What You Need to Do

4) Give Yourself a Start Date

5) Give Yourself an End Date

6) Take Action

7) Measure Your Results

8) Adjust your Approach (as needed)

It’s that simple.

Let’s look at these steps one at a time.

1) Decide what you want specifically to happen.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

Alice in Wonderland

What is it you want to achieve?

As the Cat already knew, you need to know what you want. You need to decide your outcome. Is it meeting a significant other, finding your dream job or making $1,000,000 a year? Maybe it’s getting down to a certain weight?

Whatever it is decide and then write it down.

2) What does the outcome give you?

Changing habits can give you rewards.  That’s why you change, to get the rewards.

Let’s say you’ve decided to become healthier and manage your weight because your doctor told you that you were too heavy and it is doing bad things to your body.

Your goal is to get down to 130 pounds.

At this point you can frame your reward one of two ways:

a) Ask yourself, “What would happen if I don’t change?” The answer might be, “This is painful because if I don’t lose weight I could have bad consequences to my health.”

b) Ask yourself, “What will happen to my health if I change my health habits?” You answer might be, “This is a good thing because as I lose weight I will feel better and am more attractive. This is going to be pleasurable.”

Some people work better being pulled toward pleasure, others work better at being repelled by pain. Use whatever works best for you.

3) List What You Need to Do

Now it’s time to figure out what needs to be done to achieve your outcome. Let’s stick with the decision to become healthier and get down to 130 pounds. What steps would be needed to reduce your weight and become healthier?

The steps might be exercise more, reduce your intake of fatty foods, eat more fiber, and reduce your portion size.

Write all of these as steps you need for changing your habits and reaching your outcome.

This might look like this, “To achieve my body weight of 130 pounds I’m going to maintain my calorie intake at 1500 calories a day and exercise for 45 minutes every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”

4) Give Yourself a Start Date

The great American hypnotist Milton Erickson once said, “A goal without a date is just a dream.”

What you need to do next is have a date you’re going to start.

A good time to start is right now.

5) Give Yourself an End Date

Now you need to decide on a date that you will achieve your outcome.

You might state your outcome like this “On December 31, 2012 I weigh 130 pounds.”

6) Now you have to go to work. You need to Take Action.

Now you have to do what you have decided to do. Let’s say you decided to exercise every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 Am.

Make a commitment and do your exercise every day you told yourself you will. The only way to achieve your goal is to put in the work that you said you would.

One thing to remember is if you don’t stay on plan, don’t beat yourself up. Just get back on your plan the next day.

7) Measure Your Results

Now that you’ve started your action steps you need to measure if they are taking you in the direction that brings you to your outcome. If you are presently at 140 pounds are you getting a pound or so closer to your goal a week?

If you are not moving as fast as you would like you need to go to step 8.

8) Adjust Your Approach

Once you have results you need to determine if they are:

a) Moving you in the direction of your goal

b) Moving you fast enough to meet your time line

If either of these is not happening you need to adjust your approach.

For example you find that you have moved from 140 to 139.5 pounds in 2 weeks. You may have to adjust your exercise routine or your calorie intake or both. Then start again at step 6.

Why Changing Habits is Important

There are other ways to get changes in your life but changing habits are the absolute best way to go about it.


Because by changing habits you have taught yourself to do the things you need to do every day to make your goals and dreams come true.

In the case of managing your weight you can go on a crash diet. The problem is after you get off the diet your weight will balloon again, often to a higher level than before the diet.

That’s because you are still fighting with your subconscious mind. You have not changed the way you approach your goal.

But when you change your habits you now eat well and exercise regularly you don’t have to fight your subconscious mind to do them.

You do them because they are what your subconscious mind tells you to do.

It’s that simple.

Why not go change a habit today?

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About the Author

Wil Dieck is a Master NLP Practitioner and Hypnotist who lives in San Diego, CA.  He is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach and the founder of Total Mind Therapy© a powerful fusion of advanced hypnotherapy (hypnosis) and Neuro Linguistic programming (NLP). He is the world’s leading authority on using Total Mind Therapy© to help people achieve their goals and dreams, teaching thousands in both private and business settings how to develop the life they desire.


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