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With the dawning of every new year, or new season….we always get this itch…


…to change, reformulate, declutter, & start afresh.

Maybe we even make a big list of shiny goals!

…Pay off debt, get thinner, clean the house more.

But usually, after just a few weeks have passed. The goals lie on a forgotten page in our journals, or a stack of papers on our desk. And we’re back to square one…until the next season change or new year.


What if I told you there was a formula to making sure that change sticks? And that it’s actually pretty easy to grasp…

You see, real change happens when your habits change. I’ll repeat that…

Real change happens when your habits change!


Which means that the simple act of creating a new habit can meal that “goal” you wrote down on your New Years resolution page will become easy, and you’ll start making serious progress because things on the ground level have changed.


For the rest of this post I am going to introduce to you:

1. How to change your habits

2. What your subconscious mind is & why you need it

3. How to use your subconscious mind to your favor (hint: it will sabotauge you if not)

 

In this video:

1. How Habits Work (1:29) 2. How to Change Your Habits (3:05) 3. How to use your subconscious mind to your favor (4:36).

 

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How to Change Your Habits

How Habits Work

Our habits work on a loop.

It looks like this:

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The trigger causes the routine (or habit) and then you get a “reward.”

Let me give you an example: A bad habit might be, watching too much television in the afternoons after work.

In this case Sally, let’s call her, arrives home from work and walks into the living room (the trigger) and see’s the television.

Seeing the television causes her to plop down into her well-worn seat on the sofa, grab the remote, and press on (the routine or habit).

The reward is getting to watch her favorite netflix show & enjoying a well-deserved rest on the couch.


The trigger, is anything in your life that reminds you of a habit and causes you to subconsciously run that routine.

The routine is the good or bad habit that you do (such as watching netflix).

The reward is anything interpreted as “good” or “enjoyable” by your brain.


Another example might be ordering in.

Your stomach rumbles & the clock turns 7pm (the trigger). You reach for the take-out drawer call up and order food (the routine). The food arrives and it’s delicious (reward).


How to Change Your Habits

Knowing that your habits follow this loop it is now much easier to make changes because you can learn to interrupt that loop, and replace bad habits with good ones. Or even create new habits altogether.

So let’s say that Sally wants to start reading, instead of watching television after work.

She knows what her trigger is— seeing the television. She knows what her routine is— grabbing the remote and sitting down. She knows what her reward is— watching TV.

So when she arrives home, when she walks into the living room, she walks into it with a sheet over the television and the remote hidden away in a box. So she’s removed her trigger.

And creates a new trigger!— A comfy chair, a warm blanket to wrap around herself, and a cup of tea that she’s put on when she walked in the door. Plus! A really good book sitting on the table next to her.

The new routine then is to sit down and read.

And her new reward is to enjoy a cup of tea, and find out what her favorite characters are up to.

Score, Sally! You did it!

How would YOU change Sally’s habit of ordering food in? Tell us in the comments below…

New trigger:

New habit:

New reward:


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For related reading see: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE: HOW TO CREATE GOOD HABITS AND STOP BAD HABITS 


what the subconscious mind is



The subconscious mind & your daily habits go hand in hand. This book, The Power of Habit, goes into a lot of detail about this! Totally worth checking that out. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

But basically the story goes like this, a man loses his memory like completely, and is still able to function in a new house because of one thing….habit!

He can still get himself a cup of tea, despite the fact that he can’t remember anything for more than 30 seconds. And that’s because his subconscious mind is controlling his actions.



The subconscious mind has one job in life….to protect you.

It started learning how to protect you as soon as you were born. It learnt that being too different from others meant social exclusion, acting up meant that your parents would get angry and punish you, touching a hot stove meant burning yourself.



The subconscious mind is truly amazing, and it does it’s job very, very well. It keeps you really, really protected. So much so that it can be hard to move out of daily life & into the big goals that you have because your subconscious mind will do anything to keep you in a familiar, comfort zone.

Let’s look at an example.



Sally wants to be an author. But she currently works as an accountant. She knows that writing a book, and sending query letters will bring her a published book.

But Sally’s subconscious mind learnt that when she writes honest things, like she did in school, her classmates will call her lame, or her teacher will give her a bad grade.

So even though, deep deep down, she wants to write honestly and share her talents…her subconscious mind is stopping her. It’s “protecting” her from ever reaching her goal of becoming a published author by shooting for close, comfortable things, like bingeing on netflix…until another year has passed and Sally’s book proposal sits gathering dust on a shelf.



The subconscious mind just wants to protect us.

Wants us to live within the confines of how things are because those are the things that the subconscious mind can control and feel safe around.

So to really access change in our lives, we need not only the power of habit, but we need to understand the subconscious mind.



How to use your subconscious mind to your favor



Now that Sally understands her sunconscious mind a little bit better. She’s resolved to make a few, small changes in her life, to get to that BIG goal of publishing a book.

So she decides to pay attention, write in her journal, and figure out what’s been triggering her fear of stepping out of normalcy and into the career as an author that she’s always wanted.

She figures out that it was this one time that she wrote a deeply personal poem for class, had to share it, and then the rest of her class spent the afternoon laughing at her or ignoring her.

Even subconsciously, she made a vow that day, to blend in more & not be shunned by her peers (don’t underestimate the power of needing to fit in).



So now that she’s uncovered that, she’s able to consciously change the rhetoric of that day. She’s able to teach her subconscious mind that she can fit in, AND be an author by finding a local writer’s group where she can go and share her work in a supportive environment. Or even just call up a friend and ask them to read something of hers.

Boom! You rock Sally, you’re paying attention, and now when you’re ready to build the habit of writing every day, and when you’re ready to start making big moves like sending out query letters, you’ll be able to because your subconscious mind is helping you!



Whew! So your next steps? Download this freebie, it’s a habit tracker & subconscious mind workbook. It’ll walk you through all the next steps.

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Now in the comments section, what are some habits you’d like to change? I’ve shared mine below…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Habit habit tracker habits to start habits of successful people healthy habits habits to track creating habits good habits bad habits self improvement personal growth personal development personal development worksheet goal setting self development motivation self development tips lifestyle healthy lifestyle subconscious mind
Habit habit tracker habits to start habits of successful people healthy habits habits to track creating habits good habits bad habits self improvement personal growth personal development personal development worksheet goal setting self development motivation self development tips lifestyle healthy lifestyle subconscious mind