Let’s recap (part 1)… habits are part of our biology and are intended to benefit us by shifting a large portion of the workload of repetitive tasks from the conscious mind to the subconscious mind. There are 3 parts to a habit: the cue, the routine, and the reward. Finally, dopamine (the feel good neurotransmitter) is used to make it all work.
Armed with the knowledge that we are hardwired for habits, how do can we use that to our advantage?
Using the Habit Loop to Break a Habit
It’s important to note that habits form neurological pathways that strengthen in the response to frequency and intensity. Even after you’ve successfully “broke” your habit, don’t be surprised if you still have cravings weeks or even years later… those pathways will still be there.
To use the habit loop to change a habit, we start by breaking it down into it’s components.
First, write down the routine you want to change and why you don’t like it. Be as specific as possible. Stating that the...