Are you a creature of habit? Can you relate to the movie “Ground Hog Day” with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell? On one hand, the repetitive nature of habits can be helpful in that they allow us to accomplish a lot with minimal conscious effort. Just imagine how tired we would be if we had to think about how to breathe, brush our teeth, etc. Through the process of generalization we are able to transfer learning and behavior from one situation to other similar situations- saving us time and effort.
Habits can also be harmful. Think of a bad habit you may have. By continuously repeating this behavior you are reinforcing non-productive behaviors. In order to be successful you need to develop beneficial habits that result in productive behaviors. What steps can you take to eliminate the habits that are preventing you from achieving your goal? What can you do to get outside your comfort zone of this bad habit? (check out my next blog that focuses on banishing bad habits)
Habits are formed by reviewing a situation, deciding upon an action to take, taking that action and then evaluating the result. If the outcome produces a positive effect then we will repeat the action. If we continue to produce repeated positive experiences then subconsciously we have noted that this is a good habit and should be referenced for future use, eventually becoming instinctual.