The Psychology of habits


1 Goal=1 Habit


Why do we form habits?

We form habits so that we can be more efficient and effective. Before a habit is formed we have to make a conscious effort for every process and decision we make. Can you imagine having to make an active decision or have a concentrated effort every time that you tie your shoes in the morning or every time you drive to work. Having to make active decisions can be very taxing on your body and mind. Our brains use habits to decrease mental effort to help you focus your energy on learning and higher level thinking.

Too many goals

We have a tendency to want to change too many things in our lives or try to do too many things at once. Many times resolutions and goals are ineffective because you spread your efforts so thin across a plane that there can be no realistic way of achieving all of them. Instead of being successful with one goal you become discouraged at not being able to fulfill any of your ten goals. There is a way to accomplish a majority of these goals by only focusing your efforts towards one of these things

The Habit chain

The chain link habit doesn’t even need to be the most important habit. It just needs to be a habit that is positively associated with the rest of these habits. Every habit is associated with another related habit.Habits may be the direct result of another habit previously exercised. These associated habits are collected into the same pool and grouping of habits because your brain treats them the same way. E.X.; Smoking, unhealthy eating, not exercising, low self control. These related habits are not only addictions but have the common theme of disregard for your health. If you have a habit of disregarding your health your brain will keep you from making conscious and concentrated efforts on issues related to your health. This association has the same principle for positive habits, e.x.: productivity, responsibility, and confidence in high pressure situations. When you create a habit of being productive, your brain will start associating that activity with similar processes. Your brain tells you that it is important to work hard so subconsciously the first thing you do when you get to work you don’t have to think “What do I need to do next? Or, what can I do to fill my time?” Your habit of productiveness brings you from one task to the next without you really even thinking about it. This habit of productivity helps build and maintain your habit of responsibility. When you are productive you don’t have to work hard to take care of the most important things. Your brain has already prioritized them by what you have used your time to do.

The Power of Habits

By creating and focusing your efforts towards one positive habit, you will subconsciously start a chain of other positively associated habits. This is the power of habits.

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