Creating New Habits - Mind Hacks

In our continuing quest to support your #journey as we start the new decade, today we’re going to talk about how to develop habits you want and break those you don’t. I call this #mindhacking. When I talk about mind-hacking I am talking about using current neuroscience research and research on habits to find ways to break our patterns and redirect them towards the habits we want.

Hacking, because of its implication that humans should or can be comparable to machines, can sometimes have a negative connotation. I don’t intend it used in that way. I’m using it to refer to a shortcut and a tangible way to catch and retrain your brain to get the results you want. What I talk about in this post are things I’ve used to train myself to react and approach things in different ways. This may not be applicable to everyone and it’s certainly not intended to be a blanket approach. However, we often find ourselves falling into old habits and while it is harder to change those habits it seems like a big part of the challenge is knowing how to change the habit.

Much of what I learned and applied to help create new habits to supersede old ones comes from the book “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg. I read this book several years ago and learned that there is a psychological feedback loop that helps train our brains to run down the same neural pathways fastest. Duhigg actually talks about how to create new habits in an accessible format on his website, a post we’re going to digest in this blog.

To start: What does the habit loop look like?