Forget Habits. Change Your Instincts
Why changing your habits is only a bridge to changing your instincts
Tai Lopez May 21, 2024
Changing your habits is not enough. It’s easy to let a habit fall by the wayside. That’s why most people fail when they set a goal.

Your goals need a different set of instincts. An instinct is something you do automatically. You don’t even think about it.

It’s like getting dressed before leaving the house. You don’t think “do I have to wear clothes today?” You instantly think about “what clothes you’re going to wear” no “if you’re going to wear clothes.”

An instinct is deeper than a habit.

Book Recommendation
You should read “The One Thing” by Gary Keller. He talks about the domino effect of working on what matters most.

Make sure every day you do what matters most. When you know what matters most, everything makes sense.”

Odds are, changing your instincts is what matters most right now.


Why Do You Need To Change Your Instincts?

Being a black belt isn’t something you turn on and off.

When you have the right instincts, they filter into every aspect of your life.

That’s why business black belts turn everything they touch into gold. They have the instincts that let them make money.

The main instinct they’ll have is conscientiousness.

Conscientiousness is the psychological trait that’s directly correlated to being successful.

I have never met a disorganized billionaire. Think about that.

The Role of Conscientiousness

Ultra successful people share a common trait: conscientiousness.

There are 4 factors to conscientiousness:
  • Organization: Doing things in order. Having a structured mind. Working off checklists.
  • Prudence: Working on the right things. This is the hardest to develop.
  • Diligence: Working hard. Most people are good at this one. But if you work hard at the wrong thing, and you’re disorganized, you will get stuck.
  • Perfectionism: Doing things right. No sloppiness.

Conscientiousness isn’t a natural instinct in most people. Good news. You can develop it.

Remember The 3 Levels of Learning

The Dalai Lama's three levels of learning:
  • Hearing: Information goes in one ear and out the other.
  • Listening and Habit Formation: Consciously forming new habits.
  • Instinctual Level: Habits become second nature and ingrained as instincts.
Remember what I said at the beginning. Habits are the bridge to instincts. 

How Can You Develop Instincts?
  • Change Your Environment: Surround yourself with conscientious, organized people. Humans learn through osmosis.

    This is the most effective way to develop instincts. You will adapt to your environment.

  • Repetition and Consistency: Practice new behaviors consistently until they become instincts.

    This isn’t as effective or efficient as changing your environment. But, if you can’t change your environment, play the game of repetition.

  • Study and Emulate Success: Learn from successful individuals who embody the instincts you want.

    Pay attention to the instincts of the most successful people in history. Copy them. Don’t reinvent the wheel.

Final Thoughts

Habits are good, but instincts are better. The difference between the two can be the deciding factor in your success. Change your instincts, they are what will last.

Start making the shift today.

Start transforming your environment. Study they most successful people of our time. Practice.

Change your instincts. Change your revenue.

Stay strong,

Tai Lopez

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