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Sustainable Living: It’s a Card Habit to Break

Several years ago I read Brian Tracy’s book on Goals:
Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible. In it he talks about the unbelievable stats supporting writing down your goals. This prompted me to start a journal where I wrote down my goals – even creating verbage that made it sound like I’d already reached them.
Every now and then I come across this notebook and kind of laugh. “Oh, yeah, I remember when I was doing that/wanted that.” Don’t get my wrong, Brian Tracy’s book is fabulous, but the notebook thing just didn’t work for me.
Recently I came across something that I feel is more effective: a bonus card for habits.Think about it, reward cards are kept in our wallet for everything from haircuts to coffee. Why? Because it keeps us loyal.
Let’s take a page from mastermind marketers trying to get us to spend our money at their shop and bring it into our own life, 30 days at a time.

Here’s how you can make a goal a habit in 30 days:
1. Right click on the image at the top and download it onto your computer. Or make your own.
2. Fill in your habit-in-training. Think about it. Don’t cut back on sweets if your just going to compensate with chips.
3. For the next 30 days, track whether or not you followed your goal or not. If you did, punch the sad face with a hole punch (or scribble it out). If by the end of the 30 days you have a lot of sad faces on your card, make a new one and start over. If you did great. Test the waters without the card. Is that goal part of your lifestyle?
4. Print out a few cards – one for each goal you’d like to achieve. Nothing wrong with multitasking!

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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