How to Maximize the Power of Habit
Our brains are constantly looking for ways to go into autopilot mode. By doing this, they can focus on more complex matters, instead of worrying about simple tasks like walking and chewing gum.
In his book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg explains how we can help our brains by forming new habits. What began as a chore requiring effort becomes almost automatic. While habits are often formed gradually over time, if we form the right ones, we can see noticeable results.
There are three parts to establishing a new habit:
1. Determine the trigger.
Every habit needs a trigger. It may be leaving your running shoes by your bed so that you see them first thing in the morning. It may be having your Bible on your nightstand. Your trigger could be anything.
2. Establish the routine.
The key is that when you see the trigger, you do whatever action is associated with it. This could be going for a run, reading your Bible, praying, etc.
3. Enjoy the reward.
New habits gain momentum when your brain anticipates the reward that will come after you have completed the new routine. This could be a nice breakfast, a sense of closeness with God, increased peace, etc.
Over time, as you follow this pattern, new, positive habits will begin to form. Instead of feeling like you’re in a rush, you will begin to automatically do things that will feed your soul.
Do you have a habit you are trying to start? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.