It took me a long time to realise the significance of having good habits in our life. The process of developing habits seemed tedious. What we fail to learn most of all is that our mind is full of patterns that we have unintentionally developed. So why is it so hard to implement the practices we do want?
Whatever routine we keep, that is formed by habit. Both our virtues and vices are habits. It is only through growth and resistance that we change the habits we keep. We should start identifying the results we get from our habits and the quality of our life that this results in.
The process of making habits consciously is more complex than making them unconsciously. Often the mind opposes. The secret to producing unconscious habits is that they have pleasure. We do things without effort because we enjoy them. Many of the good practices we wish we kept are challenging because they do not induce distinct pleasure. We want to do them because we know they are suitable for us, whether our pleasure-driven mind agrees or not.
You may be pleased to hear that there is another way. We can form good habits by tricking our brains into thinking we are getting pleasure. The more we subconsciously imprint an action, the sooner it becomes a habit of ours. The irony is we often do this with things we know are not suitable for us, like smoking and eating fast food. When you indulge in a bad habit, you convince yourself that it is only one minor transgression, so it’s ok. But that is what makes it a pattern, the subconscious slide that the action takes into becoming a regular activity that we crave because of the pleasure involved.
We can programme good habits the same way we accidentally fall into bad habits. If we present our good habits as the end of enjoyable bad habits, our minds will perceive them as a threat. So, give it in the way we offer our bad habits to your mind. This pulls our minds into conformity, and we will find that you succeed in achieving our small goal. There is no point trying to overhaul a misbehaving sense with huge tasks; start small and work from there. If you continue to build good habits like this over a more extended period, the improvement we see will be immense. Try it in different areas of life, do not hesitate to change your life for the better! ‘I’ll eat well today – just a little’.