Learn the Power of Habit
This coming Saturday I will be running my ‘Create’ workshop, which focuses on whatever you would like to achieve this year, personal or professional, and then putting the habits in place to help you to succeed.
In the Power of Habit Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, Charles Duhigg, writes about the cycle of Cue – Routine – Reward. This has been extensively studied and the theorem is responsible for the success of some of the biggest selling products. It can be seen in action with negative habits such as overeating and smoking. Equally, it can be used positively when pursuing goals and forming habits to achieve them. Duhigg found that the cycle can produce a neurological response that we know as a ‘craving’ that won’t go away until you have achieved or done what you want to do!
If you’d like to harness the positive aspect, I’d be delighted to see you at my workshop – just 1 place remaining!
In relation to goal setting and forming positive habits, the cue could be as simple as a diary reminder or a notification on your phone. The routine could be the visualisation, and the reward is the feel good factor that you receive from the belief that you are now going to achieve your goal, because you are putting positive steps in place to achieve it!
The key to this however, is to make sure that the end result – the goal, gets you really excited, that you really want it and that is congruent with your beliefs and values. So a goal that may cause conflict around the family time that you spend may not be the right one, or it may be just that you need to find a different perspective to make it work. It maybe that a big goal has to be broken up into lots of little ones, that involve a physical reward.
For example if you wanted to lose weight, and every time you were tempted into eating less healthy foods, you had a specific item of clothing that you desperately wanted and loved and imagined yourself wearing, how much less likely would you be to give into temptation. Ultimately, the reward has to be worth breaking those negative habits, so the more physical reminders you give yourself, the better.
So whenever you think about changing a habit, think about a cue (a reminder), what you do once you see the reminder, and the reward – short term or long term. If it’s the right one and you believe it’s achievable, that can override the neurological craving for the negative habit.