We are habitual beings. When we are doing something that is habitual, we are not engaged in the task in the same way as when we are doing something that is not habitual. Just as an example, consider brushing your teeth every morning.
Next time you do it, watch how effortlessly it happens. It's not exactly like an out-of-body experience, but it's close.
That's the power of a habit. And you don't have just one. You have dozens, maybe even hundreds. Thank goodness for habits!
Here's the catch: not all habits are created equally. You'd rather not be eating Doritos all the time. But, every night without fail, you find yourself wiping that orange stuff off the remote…. Eeek!!
All habits are operated by the subconscious mind. Since the subconscious mind is impersonal in nature, it does not differentiate between what serves you and what doesn't, and so adopts a negative habit with the same ease that it adopts a positive one.
How do you change unwanted habits?
Awareness is the key. To be able to change habits you must first identify them.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle
This is why changing your habits can and do change your life.
And since the thoughts and actions that are born of your beliefs are constantly repeated, so it is that your habits are a function of what you believe. Changing your perception about something will change your action or reaction and it will create a different result.
You cannot expect to permanently change habits that are negative into positive ones if their underlying beliefs remains negative. Changing habits and beliefs, therefore, go hand-in-hand.
Change Your Belief > Change Your Habits > Change Your Results!
Most people find it challenging to permanently change habits that are unwanted because they try to adopt a new habit without dealing with the underlying negative belief and more often than not, they find themselves reverting to their old habits.
Let me know in the comments… what areas of your life you want to improve?