An Introduction to Habit Creation & the Habit Loop: How Your Habits Control You VS How You Can Control Your Habits

Intro to Habit Creation & the Habit Loop Everyone knows that habits are a part of regular day in day out living. What a lot of people do not know however, is that your habits can not only control you; but you can take control of your habits. This can be achieved in a variety of ways; the well-known 21 day plan to a establish the pattern of a new habit, placing a rubber band around your wrist and snapping yourself every time that you realize you’ve done something that you meant to avoid doing, etc… However, the majority of these methods prove unsuccessful in the long run. When you force yourself to do something new; whether it is over and over, results in a reward or punishment; it does not necessarily ingrain that action into your long term behavior. The action remaining a part of your regular behavior depends upon a variety of conditions that must be met in order for the new habit to remain intact. The average person cannot just decide to do something ‘from now on’ and stick to it indefinitely. This is not because we as people are weak willed, or destined to fail; it is for two very logical reasons: It is partly because we rely on certain cues, events, and people (all of these things boil down to being unconscious reminders; or triggers) to guide what we do next. We are all so busy thinking most of the time that a great deal of what we do is automatic behavior that requires no conscious thought. Another very important factor; that is somewhat...