Everyone has habits, but not everyone owns unproductive habits that hold them back. If you feel you are someone with restrictive habits, in that it’s your own lifestyle practices and beliefs preventing you from achieving your goals, it’s likely that you ‘absorbed’ certain beliefs about yourself, about your strengths, your weaknesses, your capabilities and your potential during your childhood.

This initial information then determined your course. As growing and learning human beings, we develop the majority of our beliefs from information gleaned early on, some of which inhibits us from even attempting incredible heights or heading toward the goals we deserve or desire. While most people associate a habit with a behavior, for example someone who lights a cigarette when they wake up, there are other forms of behaviors, perhaps just more unconventional, that are also considered habits.

Maybe you are someone who always blames themselves when a project goes wrong. That is a habit. Maybe you are someone who believes you don’t have what it takes to get any more out of life that what you already have. That too, is a habit or a belief in a way of thinking. Whether we like it or not, over time these beliefs compound to become deeply held convictions. While no one disagrees that old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form, many will disagree that it’s impossible to change our neural pathways to form new behaviors that can be turned into positive, productive habits.

According to the European Journal of Social Psychology, people can learn new habits with behavior repetition in a consistent context. You’re probably thinking to yourself that this approach sounds too simple. Well, it sounds simple because it is simple, yet learning new habits does take work and dedication. In order to break old habits and form new ones you’ll need to change your way of thinking. At least about yourself.

Creating changes in our lives demands we change our fundamental beliefs and opinions about ourselves. These beliefs set our course according to what our ingrained beliefs decided we deserve. We may not like the idea — but it is true. According to the Pew Research Center, more and more Americans are likely to stay where they are in their jobs, not because of the economy, but because of their self-image in that they don’t believe they have what it takes to get further ahead.

To create true and meaningful change, we have to take the reins of this truth and harness it in our desired direction. The fact is… if we keep making decisions based on the same-old information, things not only will not change; they simply cannot change.

 

Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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Article References:
Motivaction For Life by Smiljan Mori
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejsp.674/abstract
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/09/im-working-really-hard-but-im-not-getting-ahead-the-new-middle-class-trap/262912/

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