The Anatomy of a Habit (part 1)

Smoking  

Before we can get into some strategies and tricks to change our habits, we need to first understand what a habit is.

 

By design, habits are a good thing. We have two parts of the brain, the conscious and subconscious, working independently toward the same goal… to serve the host.  We all like to believe that our conscious mind runs the show. If we do something, then it’s because we chose to… right?  Not really, about 45% of our daily actions are a result of habit.

 

All Habits are Good!

First, it’s important to know that ALL habits are good. “What? You are an idiot. So you’re saying that habits like smoking are good?” Yep

 

A habit is usually born out of a conscious decision to take action. Maybe our smoker thought it would make him look cool in high school.

 

Over time, that action is handed over to the subconscious to handle in a more automated fashion, freeing up the conscious mind to do what it does best… think. Isn’t it great that we...

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