Our brains intentionally remove our awareness of certain things so that we aren’t overwhelmed by everything. If we were aware of everything happening at every moment, there would just be too much information for our consciousness to process. For that reason, our brains have developed to do some tasks on auto pilot, as well as ignore parts of our surroundings.
Imagine how you dry yourself off when you come out the shower. It’s likely that you do it in the exact same order every time but you just don’t realise it. When you commute to work or head to the shops, you likely are set on autopilot and don’t think about every aspect of the journey. These habits make certain tasks easier, but they can also be the cause of our problems.
If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.Colin Powell
Some habits are on auto pilot but secretly sabotaging us. If you always wake up tired and take ages to fully awaken it might be a sign of a bad habit. It might be that you’ve unknowingly conditioned yourself to be this way. Perhaps you hit the snooze button too many times, lie in bed too long before getting up. Analysing our habits that we don’t consciously create daily is the key to a positive shift in our lives.
Making a change in one habit can cause a domino effect as you begin to notice other habits. Other habits perhaps such as always grabbing the sugary food when peckish. Noticing that you don’t even think about it can make you think about it the next time it occurs. You can then begin to alter it.
Alter it only if it’s necessary. Some habits are good habits to start off with!