The results we achieve in our lives correlate directly to the habits we have as people. All of these habits drive outcomes and are difficult to change once they’ve become well-established.
How do Habits Blaze Trails:
Habits gain strength every time they are repeated and become increasingly harder to change. Like building a muscle, the more repetition the more refined the muscle gets. When it comes to good habits, this is of enormous benefit. We gain momentum while the habit builds strength and propels us toward improvement. With bad habits, however, each repetition makes it harder to change which pushes us further down the wrong path.
Habits and theory
Habit – A regular tendency that is hard to give up
Theory – A set of principles on which the practice of an activity is based
With strong habits the theory toward desired change usually ends there… at the theory. The problem is, habits are stronger than theory no matter how much a person wants to change. It is more effective to focus on the trigger for the habit that leads to the desired change and build a mantra around that. This keeps the intended response top of mind for when the trigger happens.
Changing Habits With A Montra:
First, we can define a mantra as a statement or slogan repeated consistently to aid in change.
Repeating a mantra that summarizes wanted change redirects the brain’s response. For example, if the desire is to listen more, we might say to ourselves, “Always ask a question before giving my opinion.” By saying this several times a day out loud, we keep it at the top of our mind. Then as conversations occur, we are reminded to ask a question which in turn leads to listening. By doing this action, a habit forms and begins to become the natural response.
Every single person in the world has room to improve, and a daily mantra is a fast way to rewire a better us.