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10 Ways To Change The World In Just A Couple Of Minutes

10 Ways To Change The World In Just A Couple Of Minutes

As much as most of us would like to make an impact on the world, it often sounds like it would take a lot of our time. It’s not that we’re not willing to put that time in, we just don’t have time to spare. Well, The Shop For Change have shared 10 ways you can change the world in your lunch break with us:

From little things, big things grow. Sound familiar? We’ve compiled a list of 10 small deeds you could do to make a difference in 60 minutes. Sometimes it only takes one step to start a chain reaction, spread an idea or stimulate a thought. Why not see if you can tick a few off our list, or think of your own ways to make a little or possibly big difference.

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    1. Share an educational video or article
    Make the most of those social media sites and share that TED talk you watched on foreign aid last night, or the article you read that got your social conscious ticking.

    2. Avoid plastic
    Don’t buy a pre-packed lunch with seven layers of unnecessary plastic, in a plastic bag that you eat with a plastic fork. When you buy your sushi tomorrow, say no to the plastic container and soy sauce fish – go for a paper bag and apply soy in-store! Easy as.

    3. Organise a blood drive
    Get your office, school or friends on board for a group blood run. It’s easy to register and let’s face it, everything is more fun in a group! Get the ball rolling here.

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    4. Buy a goat!
    Or a chicken, or a pig! World Vision makes once off donations in the shape of an animal or fruit tree a simple and extremely worthwhile action. Check out World Vision and see how easy it is! World Vision also has long-term donation services such as sponsoring a child and assisting in the development of disadvantaged communities.

    5. Pick up litter
    Hey, next time just bend down and pick up that plastic bag instead of walking over it. Takes all of 30 seconds… imagine the possibilities in a whole lunch break. Make it your goal to pick up a piece of litter every day and involve your company or school in the next Clean Up Australia Day

    6. Donate or assist in a local community project
    Do a quick Google search on what is happening around you, in your neighborhood or area. Show your support by offering a donation or your time to a great local project that is happening right under your nose. Being local you will also be able to watch as the project develops!

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    7. Give a $25 micro loan to a stranger
    Kiva is a company that connects people with small business owners in 3rd world countries. With $25 going towards getting a small business idea off the ground, this program provides people with the opportunity to become self sufficient. That’s a pretty rewarding investment for a mere $25!

    8. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
    You’ve all heard it done before, volunteering at your local soup kitchen is one of the easiest ways to help your community. One lunch break a week? It could be more revitalising than you think.

    9. Buy local fruit and vegetables
    Planning on cooking tonight? Hit the local grocer on your way home and bypass the corporate chain. Supporting your local businesses in every way possible is important for our economy, not to mention the produce is fresher and tastes amazing!

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    10. Buy yourself a present from the Shop for Change!
    Did you work extra hard today? Or feel like surprising someone with a little gift? Jump onto our website and have a browse. Something small or something big – everything from The Shop for Change is going towards helping women, men and children in developing countries to become self sufficient or to have access to basic needs.

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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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