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Can 20 Seconds Change Your Life?

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Happiness is in our powerI’ve been wondering about the components of happiness and how one can be even happier. Like everyone else, there are days when I don’t feel happy; now I realize it’s because I’m not emerged in my passions. When I’m feeling passionate and energized, it’s because I’m doing things that I know cause a change. My passion is learning and education and sharing that with the world.

So what is the 20-second rule? According to author Shawn Achor, we need to make tiny energy adjustments.  He says that by making small energy adjustments, we can reroute the path of least resistance and replace bad habits with good ones.  Consider that you check your Facebook page once an hour, and you know you really don’t think it’s a valid idea. Shawn would say to take the Facebook icon off your computer so that you have to go to the Internet and log in. Since this takes up more time, you will be less likely to log on as many times.

The key is to rearrange things, so they are ‘inconvenient’ and take more than 20 seconds to do. Don’t want to watch TV as much? Move the television to a place that is impossible to reach with the remote unless you have to stand up and walk to it.

We may know what we want to do in life, but we just don’t do it. Basically, we are composed of habits; almost everything we do is an engrained     habit. When we get up, how we get ready, what we eat and when we eat. The only way things will changes is if we break those habits and replace them with others. How many treadmills have been changed into clothing racks despite all the good intentions?

Consider habits as financial capital—forming one today is an investment that will give returns years down the road.  It’s not about willpower. Trying not to eat the cookies just makes us tired. Instead, we finally break down and take the path of least resistance and eat them all. We like things that are easy. Why go out and ride your bike when you can watch television? I thought I was crazy sleeping in my exercise clothes but it sure makes it easy to get to a six AM class at the gym.

One tip, make what you want to do easy to get. Make what you’re doing now, harder.

Lock up the frig and give your next door neighbor the combination with instructions on when it’s to be opened.  Sure it sounds crazy but will you call him every time you need a snack?

By adding this 20 seconds a day to your life, you will probably gain hours. Get rid of the short cuts that keep you connected to things you want to change. Instead, build new habits.

Is t worth it? You be the judge.

Lisbeth helps businesses build pattern changes that will help them be more successful. She does this through customer service training and social media marketing. She can be reached through her web site:

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By |2017-03-03T12:07:01+00:00July 13th, 2013|beliefs, Blog|2 Comments

About the Author:

Lisbeth Calandrino is an award winning trainer, entrepreneur, and blogger and has spent over twenty years developing custom tailored marketing and customer service programs for businesses. Her recently published book, Red Hot Customer Service, 35 Sizzling Ways to Heat up Your Business and Ignite Your Sales defines the steps necessary to build a competitive advantage and turn great companies into unforgettable or red hot companies. Lisbeth admits that much of her knowledge came from her Italian grandfather who despite very little formal education and a limited English vocabulary, managed to became both successful and wealthy. Lisbeth has wonderful stories about Grandpa DiBiagio’s and her time spent learning how to managing Grandpa’s fruit stand. Because of Lisbeth’s experience as a business owner, having been the managing partner and owner of 7 furniture and carpet stores for 14 years, she is able to bring her extensive business knowledge and experience to all of her clients. Lisbeth’s awards include executive of the year award from the International Executive Association, Albany chapter (a business networking group) and first place honors in an international marketing contest for alternative medicine. A two time cancer survivor, she has spoken extensively about her experiences of cancer, offering words of comfort and inspiration. As an activist, Lisbeth has initiated and contributed to many charitable causes. She has worked with at-risk youth, spoken out against injustice and advocated to and helped to build resources for women. As a presenter, Lisbeth Calandrino is highly motivational, information-rich, and very entertaining. Her acute business sense, contagious enthusiasm, positive energy and fun sense of humor make her a dynamic presenter. Lisbeth is a member of New York, Historic Albany Foundation, educational director of Business Referrals Networking Group and member of the board of directors of the Animal Protective Foundation of Scotia, New York.


  1. Jeffrey Pearl July 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    (First off, though I have known you for years, I still don’t know if I should address you as Liz or Lis–inquiring minds want to know. Hmmmm, I just proved your point and took up another 20 seconds on that alone, didn’t I?)

    The fact is you have inspired me once again! Who says you have to write only about sales or marketing ideas. Everything is fair game for Lisbeth Calandrino–and you are always spot on!

    On the subject of Facebook, I had resisted the lure for years, but finally gave in a couple of months ago. The super temptation is when one has added the app to a smartphone. That does make it way too easy!

    Habits can be good or bad. Why NOT try to teach the old dog new tricks? A person should never give up learning! I think I shall get back on my exercise bike tomorrow morning–and it’s already IN the family room with the large screen TV anyway!

    Of course if someone REALLY wanted (in their spare moments while perusing the web) to look at more latte art, like shown in your article, one of my sons who is super into cappucinos told me about–just think of it as art appreciation you can drink. Just don’t stay too long!



    P.S. I did just write a 10G job, so I thought I was entitled to a little break. Now it’s time to get back to work!

  2. Lisbeth Calandrino July 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Jeffery, it didn’t take me long to remember who you were. We certainly have shared some miles together and you continue to be positive and moving forward. Thank you for not telling me your treadmill has turned into a clothes rack.
    I have been reading the Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor which if you haven’t read, you’re sure to enjoy. There is an interesting study done at Harvard with ‘old dogs’ those who are over 70, and teaching them new tricks. Definitely doable.
    I don’t have your email, I lost it several computer crashes ago. Mine is still, Please write so I can tell you of my video education series.
    So nice to hear from you and that you are still selling; I know you’re good.
    Love, Lisbeth

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