Dan Liljenquist: Bad habits can be tackled and overcome


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  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Jan. 3, 2014 10:37 a.m.

    I was ready to agree with Mike R. But then he had to twist his own thesis into a little rant against, guess who, President Obama. We're left to guess the real intent of this post, but this kind of thing can hurt a guy's credibility.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 8:26 p.m.

    When bad habits are intentionally or unintentionally reinforced, especially by society, don't expect change.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 2, 2014 6:07 p.m.

    There are "rules" that govern success in every field, including the "family". Those parents who acknowledge that there are eternal truths behind those rules and who try to find a way to implement those rules will have a much higher rate of success than those who "wing it". Of course, success requires more than blindly obeying a set of rules. Somewhere along the line, those rules must be accompanied with confidence in those rules and the desire to follow those rules.

    Those who do not believe that actions have consequences will be the first to sign up for Obama's "rich guy pays all" theory. (Surprisingly, he is hanging on to his wealth instead of "sharing" that wealth with all of those whom he has told that some "rich guy" should pay for everything. At 10 times the average income, Obama is far from being poor.)

    Those who succeed in school do their homework and study until they understand the concepts. Those who succeed in business apply know principles of success.

    Those who succeed as parents apply the principle given to us by our Creator for a happy and successful family.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 2, 2014 10:20 a.m.

    I'm sure Dan's family is exemplary, but I'm left a little cold by the MBA style of raising a family--all that SWOT analysis, habit evaluation, etc. I hope there's a little warmth in the Family Home Evening.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 7:57 a.m.

    Another thought I got is, it takes desire to do any thing. The article said something about loops. In my opinion every thing is a circle, and will drive you nuts, because to do the same thing over and over and expect different results is crazy. It takes a lot of self discipline to make the change. Believe you can and keep your expectations [standards] high.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 6:26 a.m.

    Dis-ease can effect your mind, your body or your spirit. Ya you can control your mind, sure it takes will power to control the body. The spirit you got a problem there, with out spirit to help. Ya got to have spirit to change. Ya I believe in a Higher Power.