|Ah, The Power of Habit!!|
Yeah, not that kind of habit.
I'm talking the gazillion habits we have which keep us from having to make a ton of decisions every time we do things. A lot of habits are ones we don't even think about.
Habits happen in a three step process (mostly without our thinking about it).
Here's an example. When I am feeling bad, that can be a cue. My routine unconscious habit? Binge watch some inane or great television show on Netflix. The result? I am rewarded by not having to feel anything. I enter a trance-like zombie state and find relief.
The problem is that as soon as I stop watching Netflix, the bad feelings will return, and may be worse because now I'll feel that I have wasted several hours of life.
If I want more long lasting and satisfying rewards for having a routine cue for sadness, I'll need to find something new that is equally as enticing.
How about this?
I feel sad. I decide to do an intenSati workout. I feel great while I'm doing it, and I get to keep feeling great afterwards, thanks to the power of endorphins.
Is there a habit you want to change?
Come work it out! This month's series is inspired by the book, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.