If you struggle about ditching a bad habit or building a new habit or just wanna know more about habits, then this post is for you.
This post came out a bit long so I made it into two parts for your convenience to read.
In this post we’ll talk about:
- What’s Habit?
- How it’s formed?
- Why habits are so powerful?
In second part of this post we’ll talk about:
- How to build good habits?
- How to break bad habits?
Let’s dive in.
” Habits are nothing more than neural pathways in the brain”
Habits are repeated behaviors with little to no conscious intention. In fact a study found out that 45 % of our behaviors are habitual.
“Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.” – James Clear
2. How it’s formed?
Every habit includes a cue, routine, reward.
Let me explain in detail…
1. External cue – say, your alarm ringing. This alerts your brain and decides which habit is appropriate for the situation.
2. The routine – meaning the activity you’re used to performing when faced with this particular cue. You walk into the bathroom and brush your teeth with your brain virtually on autopilot.
3. Reward – a feeling of accomplishment and in this case, a minty-fresh tingling sensation in your mouth.
Your brain registers the successful completion of this activity and reinforces the link between the cue and the routine.
And that’s how habits are formed.
3.Why habits are so powerful?
No matter how straightedge or in-control you think you are, your life is dominated by habits. Habits play a huge role in our lives.
You’ve made the decision: no more cigarettes or no more junk food!
For a couple of weeks, things go as planned.
You’re proud of yourself.
But then, one day, the craving suddenly overpowers you – and, before you know it, you’re back to your old habits.
If so, you already know the power of habits.
And that’s why with little awareness of what habits actually are and a bit of practice, we can break free of our unhealthy habits and create ones that serve us.
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