The #1 Secret to Successful Habit Building
Habits are a beautiful thing. Just think, if you had to put forth conscious effort for everything that you did in a day, your brain would be fried and you wouldn’t get much done.
Habits are a great way for the brain to work efficiently and do other things while you are completing the task you need to do. Basically, you are putting the task on autopilot.
This is great for things we WANT to do, but not so great when we are trying to change something negative we have done for a long time.
"Habits make change possible by freeing us from decision making and from using self-control."- Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Habits follow a consistent execution formula. Charles Duhigg calls this the habit loop.
It goes like this…
Something or someone cues or triggers you to begin, you follow the routine, then afterwards get some type of reward.
Here's some examples that might hit home:
Cue: You get bored.
Routine: You check Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest feed.
Reward: You find a cat video and laugh and feel good which reinforces the feedback look.
Cue: You feel stressed out.
Routine: You seek out sugary snacks.
Reward: The sugary snacks give you a quick sugar rush and a shot of dopamine to the brain, all the while distracting you from the stress of the moment...which reinforces the feedback loop.
Understanding that habits work through loops is the important point here. Cue, routine, reward. The first step in changing the pattern or loop is recognizing the loop exists and you are getting something positive from your negative habits. We can use this to our advantage.
What the app does is create a positive cue, (the push notification reminder), gives you a routine, (5-10 minutes of self-care to read your mini lesson of the day), and gives you a reward, (the motivation, support and guidance of the mini lesson so you feel focused, organized, and prepared).
PLUS, you will start to get a little high from clicking "YES, I did my habit yesterday". You will start to crave that 'wahoo pat on the back' feeling and you will work harder to ensure you get to click YES the next day.