A trigger that drives your brain into automatic mode and which habit to apply. These cues can be anything. Such as visual, audible, emotional, etc.
An action that is repetitive in nature. This can be physical, mental, or emotional.
The gratification your brain gets from completing the routine. This allows it to find a loop worth retaining for the future. Rewards can be physical and emotional.
Habits don't really die. They’re embedded into the structures of our brain.
There some habits that matter more than others in shaping our lives or businesses. These keystone habits determine how people work, eat, play, live, spend, and communicate. These habits have the ability to influence other existing habits as well.
The Golden Rule of habit change
Habits cannot be erased. Instead, it must be substituted.
According to this rule, you must:
1. Use the same old cue
2. Offer the same reward
3. Change the routine
Changing your habits
First and foremost, identify the components of your habit loops. From there, follow these four steps:
1. Identify the routine
Routine is the most explicit component of a habit. It’s the behaviour you want to change. Once identified, isolate the cues, and the reward, since the routine embodies the two.
2. Experiment with rewards
Find out which cravings stimulate specific habits. Experiment with different rewards. This will take weeks, or months even.
When you sense the desire to start the routine, modify it so that it offers a different reward. This will determine which craving is fueling your routine.
3. Isolate the cue
Most cues belong to one of 5 categories:
When experiencing an intense urge for a habit, try observing these five things at that moment.
4. Have a plan
When you see *cue*, do *routine* to get *reward*.
Break the loop by switching it up. Make a plan.
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