Default behaviours, or habits, are the ones you get back to in moments of stress, exhaustion, anger or any kind of situation where, for some reason, you don’t think about your actions as deeply as you usually do.
Default behaviours can sabotage any kind of results, whether we talk about diet, fitness, business or even personal development.
Examples of default behaviours
Running technique – even if you know the correct running technique, when your body gets tired you go back to your old technique, or habits, running habit in this case.
Weight loss – upon your return from work, you are very hungry, tired and had a difficult day, and you’ve used your will power throughout the day, instead of having a fresh vegetable salad, it’s easier and more satisfying to have chocolate cake, crisps or a doughnut.
Fitness – when “life gets in the way”, or you are very busy you might say “I don’t have time”, but actually you are going back to your default behaviour(s).
And so you make some progress, then you go back to the start line. Then you make some progress again, only to go back. And so on so forth. Default behaviours can sabotage your results.
How to override default behaviours
What you speak
Every time you speak you unconsciously give a command to your brain. And you brain listens and learns but it doesn’t like interdictions.
Instead of saying “I am not allowed to have….ice cream” or “I shouldn’t have….”, say “I can have it but i choose not to have it now”.
The more and the longer you practice a behaviour it becomes more permanent. Every time you repeat it, it’s like hammering a nail in a board, it goes deeper in your system every time, until it’s firmly rooted.
Forget the 21 days, 44 days 66 days which, according to some research, makes habits stick. None of these numbers, not even doing the same habit for 365 days, will guarantee it will still be there 24 months later.
Practice (count the days if you want to) every day, or every week, depending on how you have set up your schedule.
Awareness of your default behaviours is half the battle won. Identify your default behaviours and then start working around them.
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