We are the sum total of our habits. So how do we take control of what we repeatedly do? Because what we repeatedly do shapes our days, our bodies and our minds. But breaking a habit is harder than just carrying on with it. Habits are created over time, and we don’t even know they are habits until we try and opt out of them. Opting out is hard. Why does it take on average 66 days to break a habit? Some take shorter. Some take longer. But a deep understanding is needed to break a habit. Willpower won’t do it.
To tackle an engrained habit, we try to change our behaviour mostly using willpower and motivation. The mistake most people make is to try to change a behaviour, and not the person you need to become to make the new habit stick. Imagination is the super power to changing new habits. Why? Because 95% of habits are sub-consciously driven (right brain). Basically, we don’t even think about them. We just auto-pilot them. And to change them, we try and use the left brain, which is 5% of our brain. The odds are not stacked in its favour. We need to imagine the person we need to be before we can make the change happen.