“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.” - Benjamin Franklin

A habit is basically something that you do without thinking. Every weekday as soon as you get home from work you pop a frozen pizza into the microwave, you take a beer out of the fridge, you sit in your favorite chair, and you turn on the television; when the microwave buzzer goes off you take the pizza out, eat it, and watch TV for a couple of more hours. Your alarm clock goes off at 5:00 a.m. every morning; you immediately get out of bed, wash your face and brush your teeth, drink some water, put on your running clothes and tennis shoes which you laid out the night before, and head out for a half hour jog.

The essence of habits is this: once you start performing a series of actions on a consistent basis, you stop thinking about them. Basically, you’re able to go through these actions on autopilot, without conscious thought or attention.

It’s virtually impossible to change your habits through willpower. If you’ve tried changing a habit in the past by trying to force yourself to do it, you probably know this all too well. Suppose that you’re trying to give up junk food by telling yourself that you won’t stop by the vending machine during your morning break for your usual chocolate bar. What are you thinking about? You’re probably thinking about the chocolate bar: graham cracker, covered in caramel, with a layer of nuts, topped off with gooey, delicious chocolate. That is, you’re using your imagination to think about what you don’t want.

Instead of walking around with a picture of what you don’t want in your head—in this case, the chocolate bar—, you need to create a clear mental picture of something that you do want. For example, if you want to stop eating chocolate bars so that you can fit into the beautiful evening dress you bought for your upcoming high school reunion, create a mental picture of yourself looking slim and fabulous in the dress and use that as the image you focus on.

The process above applies to any habit you're trying to change. If your doctor warns you that you need to stop smoking or you'll seriously endanger your health, stop focusing on the image of yourself laid out on the sofa unwinding with a cigarette in one hand and your favorite drink in the other. Instead, visualize yourself playing out in the yard with your children feeling full of energy and in perfect health.

The Silva Life System can help you change your habits by teaching you how to use your imagination more effectively at a level of mind called the alpha level. The alpha level is the brain frequency associated with meditation and with light sleep. Jose Silva, the founder of the Silva Method, discovered a way for people to slow their brain waves down to the alpha level while remaining awake. The Silva Life System teaches several techniques you can apply while at the alpha level that will help you improve your life, including self-hypnosis, positive affirmations, and creative visualization. Give the Silva Life System a try and transform your life by creating new habits.

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From Marelisa Fabrega, Founder and CEO of http://www.marelisa-online.com