Awareness + Curiosity + Effort = Growth
Habit is a learnt behaviour that becomes automatic over time.
Brain is a hard working machine that requires lots of energy to operate. By creating habits it saves time and energy that would be used for constant decision making.
By repeating a behaviour, habits are reinforced and brain connections between neurons involved get thicker, as a result behaviour is prioritized and becomes automatic. Luckily, thanks to neuroplasticity we can change our brain and its connections.
Neuroplasticity is triggered by intense focus on what and how we are trying to change and it does bring up stress and discomfort, but also creates a chemical environment in the brain that promotes change, and interestingly the actual change happens during deep sleep or non sleep deep rest.
Because of the accompanying distress in the process of change, it is very important to be able to self reward effort all the steps, and also recognise and accept stress and agitation as a part of the journey.
Through ongoing self reward we attach dopamine to the process which then helps us to keep going. Only through dopamine we can suppress the build up of stress chemicals that could possibly make us quit.
With time, shifts in behaviour will shift mind, thoughts, feelings and perceptions.
“Self fulfilled prophecy” works through the RAS channel in our brain. RAS (Reticular Activating System) consists of a bunch of neurons that connect the conscious and unconscious ( automatic) parts of our brain. By thinking about something, the brain starts making plans on how to get it. That’s why thinking about what you shouldn’t do is counterproductive.