It is obvious that willpower doesn’t help with losing weight. Even more than that, it fails when we need it the most. We found out that the amount of available willpower during the day is limited, so the best possible way to achieve desired results is to find another strategy that will avoid using our willpower. And here we are – reaching for a habit.
We are probably not aware of how much power is hidden in our daily routines. So many little things we do every day are automatic, because we made a habit of them. No need to think about brushing teeth, or taking a shower. Many of these habits are skills that we learned. Long articles and big books looked intimidating before we started to learn how to read. But, once we learned, it wasn’t a problem anymore. Remember how difficult your first driving class was? You have to control your vehicle, signal, and monitor what is going on the road all at the same time. But after some practice, it became so easy that you don’t even actively think about it anymore, you just do it.
When making habits, we prepare a space in our conscious mind for new information and skills that we have to obtain. The old ones we already mastered are forwarded to automatic pilot, the subconscious part of the mind that works by instructions we provided before. This process is the same for good or bad habits. Once we establish them, they work by themselves. This is the reason why it’s so difficult to get rid of bad habits; every time we move a wish to change something out of our conscious mind old/bad habits come back, but now let’s focus on the good ones.
Not difficult, but needs a strategy
Making new, desirable habits looks hard, but it is only hard if we believe it to be so. In fact, the whole process is more systematic than complicated. According to psychologist B.J. Fogg from Stanford University, there are three conditions we have to provide if we want to make a new habit:
Ability to do it
A trigger that activates the action
Motivation is a tricky thing, so how can we keep it up all the time? Well, we have to start with something really easy. And if it is easy, we’ll be able to do it for sure. What can be a trigger? Watch in this highly helpful video with B.J. Fogg, where he explains why changing a behavior is more important than focusing on the goal itself, and how with little, tiny, but consistent habits we can achieve amazing results.
To be honest, I didn’t find a better way to avoid using willpower and all the traps that come with it. This is profoundly valuable tool for weight loss, creating a healthier eating pattern and a happier you.