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Can you be addicted to good habits?

Do you ever struggle with enforcing a good habit like waking up early or hitting the gym?

It is most likely because that new habit didn't turn into an automatic choice to you yet and you are debating internally every time you are about to set into motion with that habit. A lot of people say it takes 21 days (roughly) to create a new habit. Actually, it's harder than that. It takes 66 days. (Source) So find a way to win over your resistance for 2 months minimum and then you are onto a routine. 

Through repeated action, routine behavior is 'hardwired' in the basal ganglia, a part of the brain's limbic system, by creating and strengthening synapses. This 'autopilot' consumes extremely little energy and oxygen, while conscious (rational) thinking in the prefrontal cortex consumes extremely much energy and oxygen, making conscious thinking the brain's worst case.

The trick is to get people repeat a new behavior long and often enough to create new synapses in the basal ganglia, which become part of the person's automatic routine behavior, the 'autopilot'.

Check out this insightful article from Harward Business School that expands on this topic.

WHEREVER WE GO, HABITS DEFINE MUCH OF WHAT WE DO.

 

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