More than 40 percent of the actions you perform each day aren’t actual decisions, but habits. We live in a world where everything happens very fast. Habits have a considerable influence on our lives. Information moves so rapidly that we can barely be up to date on what is happening around us. 8 billion people and a Planet – how can people manage to be in control of their lives? Each day we are making decisions that lead to different paths. How many times do we ask ourselves: what if I would have chosen to do that instead of this?
The importance of habits
Habits create neurological cravings. When performing a certain activity, our brain releases “pleasure” chemicals in order to reward us. The more we repeat a habit, the stronger it grows and became easier and easier for our brain to work for that specific activity.
Habits can easily replace motivation
It is crucial to understand how habits can influence the quality of our lives. Discipline is the key to reach our goals. We might have bad days, wanting to do anything, but working towards our goals. When we build strong habits, our brain works easier and it is already used to the routine we created. When we do basic activities, such as making a cup of coffee each morning, we do not even think about the steps we have to do. It became something automatic. The same pattern follows more complex activities, like learning a new language, for example.
Habits can help reach your goals
When we are aware that we want to achieve something, we create plans and habits in order to maintain a routine. For example, if you want to master a skill, you need to be consistent, otherwise, all the information you learn would go down the drain. This is how we learned how to do basic mathematical operations, or how to write an essay. By doing repetitive tasks, our brain is getting used to and is learning how to work rapidly.
Brushing your teeth has become an automatic habit because you were told since you were little how important is oral hygiene. Were we to spend each day an hour to learn something new, it would feel like an eternity. The best way to start doing something you have to, but you don’t want to be by starting with small steps. For instance, let’s say you want to meditate at least two times a week. It would be much harder if you set unrealistic goals. Start by meditating 10 minutes for the first two weeks, and you can add five more minutes whenever you feel ready.