Engineer Habits, released on September 6th, 2017 is the latest in a series of HPF guides to help you on your personal journey to positive growth. This 41 page packed guide is available for free in PDF format.
……Yet regardless of the type of person you are, imagine if every time you set out to do something you actually achieved it. No questions asked. You chuck out a goal and off you go to success. That just sounds too good to be true, no?
Well what if I told you that it is possible. You can engineer habits with ease. Take this with caution because as I just called out in the previous lesson, habits can and will fail, the question is what you do when they do fail.
Now regardless of that, the key is to understand how habits actually work. Have you ever heard of the 21 day rule? No? It takes on average 21 days to make or break a habit. However that is not our focus. I just wanted to point that out and spur some thought. What you really need to know is understanding what a habit actually is.
When you look up the word “habit” in the dictionary you’ll find that it means: “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.”
However let’s go deeper than that. Let’s take habit apart. If you’ve read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg you’ll know that every habit has 3 components:…….
…..The problem with changing a specific behavior is what you need to focus on. Take smoking as an example again. Why do so many smokers relapse after a short period of time trying to break the habit? The reason is very simple. It’s not just the nicotine that’s stuck in your lungs and veins and make your body crave for more. It’s the fact that you are only focusing on breaking the routine. That’s only part of the habit. You are focusing your energy on trying to change something without looking at the complete picture.
Yet with modern psychology, we now understand that in order to make a habit a routine we need to focus on the cue, what makes us execute the habit, and the reward, what do we get for doing so? It may seem like a carrot and stick behavior but it’s far more than that. If you manage to fine tune the cues and the rewards then the routine will follow automatically and the behavior begins forming.
What does this mean for you when you look into engineering habits? Focus on the rewards. It is that simple. Amazing, no?
Let’s take my gym example again. If you look at most folks at the gym, you’ll notice one thing in common. A majority of people drink some form of protein shake or smoothie during or after their workout. Think about it………