Over the past two decades, the science of habit formation has become a major field of research in neurology and psychology departments at hundreds of major medical centres and universities, as well as inside extremely well financed corporate labs. They say that the details of your success or failure are contained in your daily habits and routines. So when trying to keep to a diet, do exercise consistently, stick to goal completion, or hold yourself to a financial budget, why is it, for some so hard to stick to new changes? Often the reason that we find change so difficult is because we want to change something, which we have never given enough disciplined and focused attention to, to understand why we have thought and behaved as we do.
The environment around us, which shapes and is shaped by our behaviour, where our behaviour is determined by our capabilities, which are set by our beliefs and values, which are defined by our identity. In other words, everything that we do, the circumstances that we gravitate to, in our lives comes as a reflection of and a context in which we play out our idea of who and what we are.
What if you started thinking of your life’s wants, not as big, audacious things that you can only achieve when the time is right or when you have better resources or when you finally catch your big break … but instead as tiny, daily behaviours that are repeated until success becomes inevitable?