4 ways to improve good habits and eliminate harmful ones

Habit is a routine or practice performed regularly and is an automatic response to a specific situation.

Good habits can help us realize our full potential, and even if at first the results seem minimal and irrelevant, if you persevere, good habits create a remarkable change that improves the quality of life.

This article presents an effective plan of action to create positive habits, the backbone are the Four laws for changing behavior that derive from the four phases of a habit: input, desire, response and reward.

It is known that external stimuli influence habits, in this book we will explain how instead our emotions, beliefs and thoughts influence behavior and how the fundamental pillars of the latter remain unchanged, although behavior changes according to situations.

The fundamental and immutable principles of human behavior are the basis from which to create good lasting habits.

Improving only 1% daily brings us great results

Very often in life we ​​focus on the goal we want to achieve and we believe that one, great effort or action is required to do this. However, it is necessary not to underestimate the importance of the minimum daily improvements we make, the daily 1% improvement achieved over a long period leads to an incredible and more significant result.

This also applies in the opposite direction, a single and small wrong decision is not remarkable, but numerous wrong decisions, even if they seem insignificant at the moment, produce a huge negative result in the long term. Based on this notion, a minimal change in daily habits can produce extraordinary results.

The problem with this process is that very often the results are not immediately visible until the latent potential threshold is exceeded, one must have the patience to wait and not slip again into bad habits. It is a common belief that in order to achieve success, you have to set yourself goals and focus on them.

In reality, the objectives are excellent to have a direction to follow, but it is the system (the process to achieve them) the best method to obtain progress. To improve, it is not necessary to change the result, but to change the system, it is the commitment to the latter that determines our progress and even our happiness, which will no longer be dependent on the objective but on the process itself.

It can therefore be said that habits are like atoms that are part of a larger system, each of them contributes to its success.

An effective method to change your habits, creating new and lasting ones, is to focus on your identity, on who you want to become and on your belief system, the actions that do not match with them can never be carried out for long periods.

Habits arise through a four-step process:

  • the input , during which the brain receives the information and expects a reward;
  • desire , which drives us to act;
  • the answer , which is the execution of habit;
  • the reward , which is the ultimate goal of habit.

When the four phases of a behavior occur sufficiently, then the automatic action is created with which we solve the problems using the least amount of energy possible: habit.