Habits are fragments that seem invaluable, but are actual tools that allow for the efficient use of time, energy, and brainpower. Habits are like double–edged swords, something that has or can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences. Habits by definition are the way humans actually do things. For example by taking the same freeway lane while going to work and going through our emails every time you wake up. Charles Duhigg author of The Power of Habit : Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business explains “All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits”. We can also develop bad habits and the result are catastrophic. We eat too much , we exercise too little and we procrastinate. These few negative habits can potentially ruin our lives. On the contrary through the use of good habits we can also develop a set of amazing skills. Your brain is constantly seeking new ways to save effort, and is always “chunking” sequences of actions into automatic routines. Backing out of the driveway, for example, requires over a dozen separate actions, but many of us do it daily without a second thought. The habit process consists of a three-step loop:
- Cue. A trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode, and which routine to use.
- Routine. Physical, mental, or emotional behavior that follows the cue.
- Reward. A positive stimulus that tells your brain that the routine works well, and is worth remembering
How to Develop the Habits
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
An article written by https://zenhabits.net/7-little-habits-that-can-change-your-life-and-how-to-form-them/
Its simple and you can apply it almost instantly
I’ve written a number of times about developing habits, but here are the basics:
- Do a 30-day challenge, focusing on just ONE habit.
- Write it out on paper, along with your motivations, obstacles, and strategies for overcoming them.
- Commit fully, in a public way.
- Log your progress.
- Remain publicly accountable — report on your progress each day.
- Have support for when you falter — either in real life or online.
- Reward every little success.
- If you fail, figure out what went wrong, plan for it, and try again
Achieving your full potential is a lifestyle choice. An important question that I want you to answer is what do you need to let go of in order to excel. This will help you discover where you’re holding yourself back.