The SECRET of Habits
Updated: Jan 2, 2019
FULL PODCAST EPISODE 057
If you don’t have a reason to build habits, if you don’t have that burning desire, you won’t make change. Whether that purpose is to make the world a better place or to get rid of your diabetes, you still need an emotional reason to change your life. Any time you develop a habit, there’s a 3 step unconscious process your brain follows. It begins with a trigger, whether that’s internal or external. The second part is going into a routine, doing things on autopilot. The third part is reward, which is the feeling of accomplishment and satisfying your cravings.
Awareness is what triggers you, and you can’t always change the trigger, but practice awareness so that you understand when you’re about to enter a routine. You don’t want to change the trigger or reward, you want to change the routine. So rather than using Netflix for your source of happiness, find something healthier to replace that habit so that you still get the reward emotionally, physiologically, and in your self-esteem. In order to break a habit you need to replace it with a better one, otherwise your brain will find another bad habit to replace it with. You are the controller of your life experience.
You may not be a morning person, but if you have a burning desire to be successful, you’re a lot more likely to wake up early. Set up rewards and punishment for yourself, and get others involved to create accountability. For example, if you know you shouldn’t eat pizza, tell your family that if you eat pizza, you’ll also have to eat a can of dog food in front of them. Explore your passions and find your why, as emotions are your motives for change.
To your continued evolution, live it up with POWER, PURPOSE & PASSION!
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