Habit Trumps Willpower
I spent 2 hours listening to an educational nutrition class, furiously taking notes, and I left that room inspired to change my eating habits. 6 months later, I stumbled across those notes and sheepishly remembered, "Oh, yeah. I wanted to do that!"
Has this ever happened to you? The painful truth is that knowing is not enough. The intention to change doesn't necessarily translate into change. This is because intention is a conscious process that requires a person to call on a scarce but valuable resource called willpower. But willpower is in a losing battle with the reality of your busy life.
The most effective way to change how you typically think, respond, or act is to transform it from a conscious act to an unconscious act. In other words, make it a habit.
Researchers at Duke estimate that 40% of your day is spent engaging in habit— think about that for a second, because that’s huge. What that means is that for nearly half of your waking hours you aren’t thinking about the thing you’re doing while you’re doing it. The reality of your daily life is the result of those habits, because those habits guide your daily actions and decisions. Habits are so powerful that you can’t let them happen by happenstance. You want to intentionally make a habit of the thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that will serve your greatest good and help you live your best life.
Some things you have to think about and some you don’t. Stop thinking about things you don’t need to think about.
Our habit creation strategies work in dozens of areas including safety, productivity, burnout prevention, and health. They work for individuals and for organizations. Through key note addresses, breakout sessions, workshops, or consulting, Sharon helps you and your organization transform knowledge into action. Click Courses& Consulting to find out more.