I have been posting all week about understanding our habits so that you can continue to keep your New Year’s resolutions. This post will summarize what you have learned so far.
There are 7 steps that will instantly make you successful in breaking bad habits:
- Abandon will-power
- Re- association
- Create doubt
- Reinforce change
- Scramble the patterns
Now that you know how the subconscious mind works, you probably already realize why will-power doesn’t work.
Will power attempts to change behavior. Behavior doesn’t change until the picture in the mind changes. To change the way you act, you must change the way you think.
Start with associating your old beliefs, the ones that created the bad habit in the first place, with massive amounts of pain. Associating pain with anything is the quickest way to change behavior (remember the toddler and the stove.)
Attach massive amounts of emotional pleasure to the new beliefs. Pleasure will attract you to practice the new habits.
We must question our old beliefs if we want to change them.
Expose yourself to situations that will cause you to doubt your old way of thinking.
If you question anything enough, you will begin to doubt it.
Reward change immediately, even little steps toward that change.
Your nervous system must be conditioned to succeed constantly. By rewarding the little things, you cause it to repeat desired behavior.
Scramble the patterns
Change the way your mind recorded past experiences. Read Scrambling the Picture to Learn this technique.
Replace your old behavior with new, more exciting and rewarding behaviors.
Reward new behavior patterns until they are consistent according to the Law of Reinforcement.
You may want to review some of my other 2012 postings (starting with January 2) for specific details on how to accomplish each of these steps.
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- 4 Ways to Parent Your Emotions (living4bliss.wordpress.com)
- 7 ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions (cbsnews.com)
- RAS Lesson 4 – The Subconscious Mind (living4bliss.wordpress.com)
How are you doing with keeping your resolutions?