Our habits are the cornerstone of how we operate in the world and, as high achieving individuals, we are always looking to form good habits that elevate our game, make us better, and help us achieve our goals.
But what is a habit really? And why is it so hard to form a new one? And what are the simple ways one can self-program a new habit?
Simply put, when an action or behavior gets ‘programmed’ into our brains in a way that it feels like a default process that we perform on autopilot, we call it a habit. Neuroscience studies show that habits are formed in three steps, first we deliberately explore a new behavior that has value to us, second, we repeat the behavior until we make it a habit, and finally, the continued repetition further imprints it in the brain.
In other words, to form a new habit, the most important thing is to repeat a deliberate valuable behavior or action relentlessly until it becomes deeply programmed. It is hard because we want it to happen quickly, but instead, we must give it the repetitions, the time and the emotional investment.
Here are some of my favorite tips on forming new habits: