Understanding U

The 5-Second Solution

After one month, only 55% of people will succeed in sticking to their New Year’s resolutions’ that number plummets to a dismal 40% by the six-month mark.

  1. As much as 45% of what we do every day we do out of Habit
  2. Habits have good intentions that protect us from “Decision Fatigue”
  3. Whatever can be done automatically frees up our processing power for other thoughts
  4. However, it also means we rarely notice our habits, let alone PAUSE to think whether they’re getting us closer to our goals or holding us back
  5. We need to understand that Unhealthy Behaviors will always Feel Good
  6. That’s because these unhealthy and unproductive habits-whether it’s an insatiable sweet tooth or a craving for a win when U are anxious-are tapped into our brain’s reward system, spiking the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine every time we give in-
    1. We are animals, and we are often on autopilot, so we allow our brain’s reward system to unconsciously dictate our actions
      1. Even when we know what we should do, we do the opposite because of the easy dopamine hit
    2. The harder a habit is established, the more likely U will be to give up if U are not Strongly Committed
      1. That is because your mind is quick to come up with reasons why your effort isn’t worth it so that U will default to your usual patterns of behavior
  7. Old Habits Die Hard
  8. Muscle Memory
    1. For example, if U always turn to food in times of stress, this becomes your automatic response when U feel your cortisol start to spike- or if U are prone to doubt or hesitation, this response to things that intimidate you become second nature
      1. When U repeatedly respond in the same way to specific cues in your environment, U strengthen neural pathways in a primitive part of the brain known as the basal ganglia, which is responsible for habit learning
      1. Your brain becomes so efficient at carrying out these actions or thought processes that they become automatic and reflexive
        1. What happens when U practice a behavior enough times is eventually, it doesn’t need the feedback anymore
  9. We need to activate a part of our brain that’s responsible for conscious processes like goal setting an decision making known as Prefrontal Cortex

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