Definition of “Habit” is: An acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.
In other words you don't think about it, it just happens. Least path of resistance within your brain is usually the first go-to for your brain.
This is the first week of a series on getting more of what you want out of your life by making good habits your go-to. Then after it becomes the path of least resistance in your brain. Your good habit...that your brain goes-to....makes your life easier, less-stressful, and more prosperous. Today, lets pinpoint why it is important to you to keep your brain learning new ways of doing things and new habits.
The first positive reason is that it slows down Brain Decline.
We have a “use it or lose it” brain. As people grow older without realizing it they contribute to their brains decline by not using it as much or challenging it. They stick to a predictable routine in the same environments almost every day and don't really vary their schedule much. They don't use their brains to problem solve or be creative as much as they used too. You don't make as many new friends that introduce new ideas like they used to.
With technology adding to this. They stare at a screen for hours a day. Texting more than talking to people face-to-face. People retired from work don't interact with others as much and get settled in a very stagnant routine. All this contributes to undesirable brain changes that form negative learning habits.
Let me remind you what this neuroplasticity we keep talking about is. "The brain's potential to reorganize and change to better serve the individual's need throughout life."
So, the second positive reason is that it can help with Loss of Cognitive Brain Function.
Science has proven that the loss of neuroplasticity increases neurodegenerative diseases. Illness's like Alzheimers's disease, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease. Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and phoebic behaviors, and epilepsy. All occur because of undesirable neuropastic change.
The more immediate benefits can be:
- Helps you get control of your life. You get more done in less time once your good habit is programmed.
- Relieve unnecessary stress and frustration. So you get healthier
- Increase your confidence, build self-esteem, you look for more and more healthy alternatives to bad habits naturally.
- Successful people in the news or on TV etc have given interviews that show they have shrived to make and adhere to good habits. That – they say – is why they are so successful.
- Makes you a more positive person. That attracts new positive people within your life.
- Encourages self discipline making you goal driven. This helps you set better guidelines for yourself and keeps you away from addictions and addictive behaviors.
- Good habits can replace motivation when you don't have it. We all have days “we don't want to”, whether it is working, exercising, or eating healthy. If we are going to go on auto-pilot in the brain at times. These “good habits” now become our “second nature” and the “go-to” for our brains. And we don't even have to think about it anymore once programmed.
A good goal for this week is to think about what negative habits you want to release as we go forward in this series. Make a list, keep it simple, tape it to the refrigerator. Don't let it bother you if there are more than you like. Your working on figuring out what you like and don't like. This in itself helps you understand who you are a human being and that makes you enlightened.
Until next Sunday my friends. I wish you the best of possible weeks. Smile. Thanks for reading.