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Seven Numbers Everyone Needs to Have on Speed Dial

Seven Numbers Everyone Needs to Have on Speed Dial

You never know what life is going to throw at you. From busted water pipes to random allergic reactions, navigating each day can be a challenge. The good news is that you don’t have to do it on your own. By having the right professionals on call, you can get assistance in a matter of seconds. Here are some numbers you absolutely, positively need to have on speed dial for quick access.

1. Handyman

Just because you can change a lock, patch a hole in drywall, or apply some caulk to door jambs doesn’t mean that you’re qualified to call yourself a handyman. What happens when appliances go kaput, pipes start leaking, windows get smashed, or fuses need replacing? While a YouTube video may make you feel powerful enough to handle the problem, don’t let a false sense of courage guide your decision making. A handyman is who you need– and fast.

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2. Family Doctor

Getting sick is never convenient. It always seems to happen right before a big meeting or test– or over the holidays when your doctor’s office is closed. That’s why it’s helpful to have the cell phone number of your family doctor. Most offices will give out these numbers or at least give you a number that will forward you to the doctor who’s on call. Make sure to have this number close by at all times, especially if you are a parent.

3. Trusted Auto Mechanic

Whenever you move to a new city, one of the first things you should do after finding a home is to look for an auto mechanic. Finding the right mechanic can mean the difference between wasting thousands of dollars on repairs you don’t need and getting an expert to target the problem and not overcharge you. Once you find that mechanic, put him on speed dial!

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4. Defense Attorney

Nobody ever plans on getting in trouble with the law, but you can’t always control what happens. Whether it’s an unfortunate DUI that lands you in jail in the middle of the night or an unjust criminal accusation, the last thing you want is to end up in a compromising situation without legal counsel. Finding a defense attorney and plugging their number into your phone can provide valuable peace of mind.

5. Poison Control Center

The Poison Control Center hotline is available 24/7/365 and is always free. Whether a child accidentally consumes medicine, you unexpectedly get a chemical substance in your eyes, or you’re out on a hike and suffer a snakebite, the Poison Control Center can answer your questions and quickly point you in the right direction.

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6. Animal Control

You’d be surprised how many people have to call Animal Control on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter if you live in the middle of the woods or in a crowded city, it’s always smart to have this number plugged into your phone.

7. Florist

Finally, you need to have a florist’s phone number on speed dial. This may seem a bit silly when compared to attorneys and doctors, but the fact of the matter is that you never know when you’ll need a last-minute bouquet. From anniversaries to funerals, flowers are a universal gift that show thoughtfulness and caring.

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Be Prepared to Respond

You can’t always be prepared for whatever life throws at you, but you can be prepared to respond. By having the right phone numbers on speed dial, you have direct access to expert advice and assistance, regardless of where you are or what you’re doing.

Start by including the aforementioned numbers and then consider whether there are any additional resources you need on hand.

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Last Updated on February 19, 2019

How to Break Bad Habits: I Broke 3 Bad Habits in Less Than 2 Months

How to Break Bad Habits: I Broke 3 Bad Habits in Less Than 2 Months

The cycle of bad habits is what keeps us living small and stops us from reaching our true potential. Breaking a bad habit isn’t as hard as it seems; despite being a CEO of a company and raising two children, I still managed to break 3 bad habits I had within 2 months. Yes, that’s quitting one habit in less than 21 days.

I took steps to eliminate them one at a time. Habits such as drinking Coke every day, slouching when sitting and not having a consistent exercise routine.

So how did I break these habits? I used the Control Alternate Delete Method (Ctrl Alt Del).

What is this method and why is it so effective? Read on to find out how to break bad habits with this unique method.

How to break bad habits with the Control Alternate Delete Method

    We all notice on some level what our bad habits are. A lot of the time we choose to ignore the negative ways these impact us.

    For me, I was sitting most of the day in front of my computer at work in a slouching position. I drank Coke every single day in an attempt to stay awake. I put off any kind of exercise regime because I felt that it was better to just relax and have fun after a whole day of work. As a result, I was leading a really unhealthy lifestyle suffering from weight gain and back pain.

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    I needed to make a change.

    I started to read books about building habits such as The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan, and The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. After reading all these books, I’ve come up with my own method to quit bad habits — The Ctrl Alt Del Method.

    I started by focusing on just one bad habit, the first one being the sheer amount of Coke I was consuming each day.

    Every day I applied the Ctrl Alt Del Method and after two weeks, not only did I stop drinking Coke every day (I only drank one can in 2 weeks), but I started the better habit of drinking 8 glasses of water every day instead.

    After eliminating one bad habit, I moved on to the other two with this same method and a month later I was:

    • Hitting the gym twice a week.
    • Improving my sitting posture, not only at the office but also at home and everywhere else, improving my back pain.
    • Gaining core muscle which improved my back pain as well.
    • Losing fat around my waist which went from 36″ (considered obese level) to 32″ (normal level).

    If I can improve my life using this method, then so can you. Using this structure to eliminate your bad habits will increase your success and replace your bad habits with more positive ones.

    Control: Master your desire

      Identify your triggers

      Bad habits such as drinking alcohol, smoking and snacking too much trigger the release of dopamine, a feel-good chemical in the brain.[1] Although you might not like the end result, they give you a positive outcome in the moment. This is pure psychology.

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      It’s important to identify what is triggering you to continually act out your bad habit. This isn’t always an easy step because our habits have been built up over a long period of time.

      If you need help in identifying your triggers, here’s a list of common bad habits and their triggers: 13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

      Self-reflect

      To help you work out your triggers, do a bit of self-reflection. Ask yourself questions such as:

      • What comfort are you getting from this habit?
      • Why do you need comfort?

      For example, I chose to drink coke because it tasted good and it made me feel good when I was stressed. I slouched only when I sat for too long working on my desk and started to feel tired. I skipped exercises because every day after work I felt I already did enough works and didn’t want to work out.

      If you choose to eat fast food every night, you’re probably telling yourself you’re too busy to cook. But ask yourself why? What are your priorities?

      Maybe you have a lack of self-worth that means you don’t have the self-love to want to look after your health. Perhaps it’s a sign you’re not making enough time for important routines like shopping and creating a healthy meal yourself. Maybe you’ve always had a belief that you’re a bad cook.

      Write a diary

      Write down your thoughts and feelings around this bad habit. Writing things down forces the brain to think harder.[2] This helps you to find the source to your stress or limiting negative beliefs.

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      Alternate: Find a replacement

        Find a positive alternative habit

        Once you think you’ve discovered your trigger, try to find a similar but healthy option. This is where I replaced Coke with lemon water; slouching with simply taking a walk and stretching my back every hour; and chilling at home after work with workout exercises that I actually found fun.

        You could decide to walk to the office instead of driving or getting off the bus earlier to walk. You could switch to a healthier breakfast cereal instead of grabbing a sugary snack when you head out of the door.

        By doing this, you aren’t getting rid of the act altogether like you would if you completely gave something up with nothing to fill that void. This helps your brain accept the improved habit more.

        Create a defence plan

        Everyone has moments of weakness and that want to revert back to the bad habit will rear its ugly head. This is where a plan can help counteract these moments.

        Think of things you can do when the temptations come. For example, if you want to check your phone less, ask your friend or partner to keep it for you or switch it off and read a book. If you’re a starter for an exercise routine, like me, get someone to do it with you to keep you accountable.

        Decide on something you will do once you feel triggered to go back to your old habit. Repeating these positive alternative habits consistently will help wire your brain to see them as your normal new habit over time.

        Delete: Remove temptations

          Remove stuff that reminds you of the bad habit

          Getting rid of anything that reminds you of your bad habit is essential. For example, I got rid of coke in my office and at home and replaced my usual office chair with an exercise ball. It makes it much easier to stop slipping back in a weak moment.

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          Avoid all kinds of temptations

          In the same vein, avoid places or people that you know will tempt you back into that bad habit. Don’t go to the supermarket on an empty stomach to avoid the temptation to buy trashy snacks, don’t drive past that fast food joint but find an alternative route instead, say no more often to the friend you know will get you drunk again this weekend.

          It’s all about not putting yourself in the situation where you’re in danger of relapsing.

          Conclusion

          The Control Alternate Delete Method uses the right steps you need to overcome your need to indulge in your bad habits. Working with your core psychology, emotions and feelings behind your actions is what makes this method effective and easy to apply to all bad habits you have.

          Bad habits are easy to form and making changes can seem difficult but remember that it’s all about consistency and repetition.

          Start using the Control Alternate Delete Method today and you can stop a bad habit permanently.

          What bad habit do you want to put a stop to once and for all? You must set aside time and pick one bad habit to focus on. Start using the steps to increase and maintain more positivity in your life moving forward.

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