Old habits die hard. even bad habits We all have heard this proverb. But NLP’s view is different. NLP believes that breaking the bad habits cause health. Let’s not forget that with NLP we can experience living successfully and differently, not living like the others.
Aristotlesays, “We are the one who is constantly doing.” The Merriam-Websterdictionary defines the term habit as: a behavior that is partially orcompletely involuntary.
To break the bad habit we need to know how habits are created!
We are bornwith our instincts and without any habit, and we get our habits over time. Yourlife is the product of your moment choices.
What do youdo every morning after waking up? Check your mobile phone? Take a shower? Orbrush your teeth?
It may seemthat most of the things we do every day are made by our decisions and choices,but this is not true. They are habits, and even the smallest one, have a lot ofeffects on our health, our happiness, our work organization, and our functions.
An articlewas published in Mac University in 2006, which shows that most people do morethan 40 percent of their daily works according to their habits.
The habit isa program and the normal behavior that is repeated regularly and sometimesoccurs unconsciously. During the researches, it has been determined that habitsare formed in 18 to 200 days and our behavior becomes automated.
Change thinking, a way to break the bad habits
What isthinking? How are our thoughts made? The created feelings from the previousexperiences are generally a consistent way of thinking.
In the۱۹۹۰s, scientists discovered that in the near-skull, there are tissue massescalled basal ganglia, which play an important role in habits. Animals whosebasal ganglia has been hurt may have problem in learning how to run throughspirals and opening the food plates.
Please do not think about breaking good habits!
Habitsenable us to use the least amount of our energy for daily works. Keep ushealthy and help us react correctly in most cases.
When we getused to doing some things, we should not always think about doing them. As aresult, we can get more creativity and richer thoughts. Our habits can be veryuseful, if they are good ones.
Successful peoplehave a common feature which is having good habits. This does not mean that theydo not have bad habits, but their good habits are more.
Successfulpeople are not necessarily smart or genius. Their habits help them to havecompetence, consciousness, awareness and more skills.
Why do we always get used to new habits?
The researcheson the mouse showed that in the determined spiral paths to reach the chocolate,when the mice encounter new sound, light, and movement, many activities takeplace in their brains. It seems that each time these new stimuli are analyzed,brain activity changes with more repetitions and a series of changes appearslowly. Finally, when they learned how to move in the spiral, their brainactivity declined and they thought less and less every time.
Scientistssay our habits are made due to the fact that the brain always searches for someways to reduce the efforts and energy consumption. The brain determines when totake control of a habit and when to use it. This process in our brain is a۳-step cycle.
Understanding the habit cycle is necessary for breaking the bad habits successfully
The habit cycle begins with a cue (like a click’s sound). When that cue happens, a factor tells your brain that it’s in automatic mode and which habit should be used. If the mouse hears the click’s sound (cue), it knows that it should use a spiral habit. If it hears a new sound like the sound of a cat, it chooses a different pattern.
The next step is called routine. The routine can be physical, mental, or emotional. Routine is done after the cue.
The finalstep is reward. This step helps your brain figure out whether this cycle isworth to be memorize for the future or not.
The effect of habits in our lives
Habits arenot our destiny and can be ignored, changed or replaced.
Habits neverdisappear. They are encoded in our brain structures, which is a greatadvantage. The important thing is that your brain can not distinguish betweengood and bad habits. Without a cycle of habits, our brain is destroyed underthe pressure of daily labor.
People whosebasal ganglion are hurt or damaged are often mentally disabled and cannot dosimple things, such as opening windows or deciding what to eat.
However,brain dependency to normal auto-work can be dangerous. Habits can be as harmfulas their usefulness. All of these depend on whether your habit is good or bad?
Maybe we donot remember the experience that made a habit. But when they are stored in ourbrains, affect our function without knowing ourselves.
The important point is that we can get out of the habit cycle.
Apart fromany experience and age, anyone can find bad habits that cause him to have badfeelings, bad thoughts, inappropriate influence on the body, and making aproblem in reaching his goals. He can replace them with good habits or even cancreate good ones.
One of thefastest and most practical ways to create or replace good habits is effective NLPtechniques. By knowing more and using the basal techniques, you can win faster andeasier, like successful people.