How To Replace Bad Habits with Good Habits: A Bulletproof Guide

We’ve all heard it once or twice in our lives: “You need to develop more good habits and get rid of all the bad habits.” 카지노사이트 Well, as much as we don’t like to accept the reality of this, most of our life runs on auto-pilot. And I’m talking about your day-to-day life, the things that you don’t even remember doing, but you do not doubt that you’ve done them. Have you peed in the morning? Have you brushed your teeth? Did you lock the door behind you? I’m sure you did all of those. Did you have to think really hard about doing them? Do you have post-it notes spread around your house to remind you of them? You don’t, because they are habits. Those actions are a part of your daily ritual and are so ingrained into your life that your body executes them automatically. Is that a good thing?

What The Heck Are Habits?

Of course, that’s an excellent thing because every action you take is a decision that shapes your day. But your mind would be overwhelmed if you had to decide on every tiny detail of your life. The habits are there to generate your routines and put parts of you on autopilot, allowing your brain to be used for making huge decisions. There’s an art to making decisions, which I wrote about in a separate post, and you don’t want to waste your energy on small, mundane things.

The problem arises when those insignificant little things on auto-pilot start having adverse effects on your life. How do you distinguish between them? How do you stop the bad ones?

You see, life is made up of consistency and intensity. If you want an analogy, brushing your teeth is the consistency, while going to the dentist twice a year to do a deep cleaning is the intensity. Doing twenty minutes of exercise a day represents consistency; running a marathon once a year is intensity. For real progress, you need both. 바카라사이트

If you just go to the dentist twice a year without ever brushing your teeth, all your teeth will fall out. If you never go to the dentist, you will suffer long-term damage from issues not solved by brushing.

So, you need both.

The intensity is where you use your brain and make a decision to do it. This is when you feel and want to be in control.

Consistency is that part that builds up from your rituals. This is where you don’t feel in control. You are actively trying to give away the control and let the routine become a habit so that you don’t have to think about it.

A ritual is a “push routine.” You have to push yourself to do it. Drinking eight glasses of water a day for the first time is a push routine. You may need to set the alarm, have a bottle on your desk, or have someone slap you a few times a day to remind you. Whatever works for you.

A habit is a “pull routine.” It’s a routine repeated so often that it actually triggers by itself and pulls you in to do it. It’s the way that your stomach growls five minutes before your usual lunchtime. It’s the itch you get on Friday at 5 pm when you go for the happy hour.

This system is by design, and it’s actually an excellent system that allows us to strive. But herein lies the problem: Not all habits are good for you. 온라인카지

Obviously, defining a habit as “bad” is an inherently subjective matter. Some habits are universally accepted as bad. For instance, most of us would agree that injecting heroin into one’s vein five times a day is a bad habit. But the heroin addict would not agree to that; they will retort that the heroin injection is the only thing that makes them feel good. And feeling good is their number one value, and hence the habit works for them.

To understand this concept, we have to dive into the science of habits for a bit. A habit involves three components:

  1. The trigger
  2. The action
  3. The result

In the case of a heroin addict, the trigger might be body shakes, sweating, a feeling of depression, and anxiety. As soon as they feel this way, it triggers the need to take action.

The action is what you do when the trigger is triggered. In our example, you inject heroin into your vein.

The result is what happens afterward. Once again, using our example, you stop shaking, the anxiety is gone, and you feel good.

Of course, that’s completely an internal evaluation. A person observing the drug addict from the outside would have a very different opinion.

This is an easy to comprehend example because, as I said, some habits are universally (or almost universally) accepted as being bad. But you don’t have to go that far to see a bad habit in action. Let me enumerate a few more:

  • eating unhealthy snacks in the evening
  • watching hours over hours of TV
  • drinking alcohol during weekdays
  • smoking
  • not waking up on time
  • not going to bed on time
  • playing hours of video games

And I know you’re tempted to say: “Hey, not all of these are bad! Maybe they’re bad for you. I do them in moderation.”

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