How to form a new habit successfully!

Are you ready to make some improvements in your “life”? I’m sure there are a few things about yourself you would like to improve on. The reason I’m writing about this subject is because I have decided to improve my total wellbeing and this adventure will require some change. I have chosen to be the guinea pig for the program I’m creating called  “My Body Reboot”. This program takes you through a detoxification program,  will promote a natural whole foods approach to nutrition, a balanced way of exercising, and many holistic strategies to ensure total wellness. My journey will begin on Monday 4/16/12 and I will be documenting the process. I will need to go to bed earlier, get up earlier, make better food choices, and exercise more. Change is on the way!  So I will need to form some new habits. A habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. The essence of breaking an old habit and forming a new one is simply  just shaving a little stuff  here and adding some stuff there in an effort to make your life more enjoyable and flow better. So The concept is pretty simple, you break bad habits and form good habits! Although this is a simple concept it will take some focused effort and determination to succeed. Shall we get started. The first thing you will need to do is evaluate yourself and find out what habits need modification and what new activity can you replace the old habit with. An example would be you may want to quit smoking. Ask yourself, what would be a good replacement. Perhaps deep breathing would be a good replacement. Instead of huffing down a cig you can oxygenate your body and receive lots of added value for the 7 minutes of your time. At the early stages of habit forming you will want to start off with the not so challenging habits first as this will build confidence and momentum for the tougher ones later to come. Breaking a habit takes a strong desire to want to do so. Forming a new habit requires that you learn something to the point of  it becoming natural and automatic. There is a four stage method to the learning process developed at Gordon Training International that may be applied to get the new habit to stick. It goes like this:

Step 1: Unconscious incompetence

   The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit. They may deny the usefulness of the skill. The individual must recognise their own incompetence, and the value of the new skill, before moving on to the next stage. The length of time an individual spends in this stage depends on the strength of the stimulus to learn. Person can not DO it and doesn’t understand how to DO it.

Step 2: Conscious incompetence

  Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, he or she does recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit. The making of mistakes can be integral to the learning process at this stage. Person understands how to Do , but can’t DO well.

Step 3: Conscious competence

   The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration. It may be broken down into steps, and there is heavy conscious involvement in executing the new skill. Person understands how to DO, but doesn’t do it well and has to think about it.

Step 4: Unconscious competence

   The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become “second nature” and can be performed easily. As a result, the skill can be performed while executing another task. The individual may be able to teach it to others, depending upon how and when it was learned. Person DOES it well without thinking about it.

When you become unconsciously competent at any skill, task, or habit you will be a success and it will stick. The more beneficial habits you form the smoother your life will flow. Habits that build your character,  make you kinder, and spread love are in my opinion the most valuable and worthwhile. Wishing you well. Change your world. Like Ghandi once said  “Be the change you want to see”!

“Heal Yourself, Heal the Planet”

Jared Repass~ My Body Reboot

One Comment on “How to form a new habit successfully!

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