The following is an excerpt from The Life Actionbook: Tools and Actions for Personal Development
Your success, your health, your relationships, and everything else that defines your life are the product of your habits. Everything you do and every decision you make is based on your habits. Eating dinner is a habit. Hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock in the morning is a habit. Even spontaneously deciding to take an alternate route to work might come from a broader habit of mixing things up every once in awhile.
Our brains are continually sensing the environment and coming to logical conclusions about how the world works. In our subconscious minds, we form truths and mental models based on all our past experiences. As babies, we felt hungry, so we cried, and we were fed. From that point, we cried whenever we wanted food. It was a truth to us, until one day it didn’t work. We cried, and we weren’t fed. The thing we knew to be true was proven untrue, so we had to find a new solution. Perhaps it was a pat of the tummy, or reaching for a bottle, or saying “eat.” Once we see a new solution, then we form a new truth to base future habits upon.
We use our knowledge of how the world works to form habits. Our habits influence every decision. And every decision we make affects the outcomes in our lives. That is why to change our lives we must change our habits. We can’t change how the world works, but we can change our habits.
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