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Habit Formation 101

According to Psychology Today, Habit formation ‘… is the process by which new behaviours become automatic. Old habits can be difficult to break, and healthy habits are often harder to develop than one would like. That's because the behavioural patterns we repeat most often are etched into our neural pathways. The good news is that, through repetition, it's possible to form—and maintain—new habits. And even long-time habits that are detrimental to one’s health and well-being can be shaken with enough determination and a smart approach.’

On making a (good) habit stick, they go on to say ‘… It’s all too easy to fall short in the pursuit of behaviour change, whether the ultimate aim is to nix a disruptive habit or to establish a new one. Excuses, fatigue, and the vagueness of our goals can spell doom for such endeavours. With some focus, these obstacles can be overcome. Experts advise that strategies such as creating a specific and reasonable goal for behaviour change, being mindful of how one’s environment influences the effort to make progress toward it, and looping in other people who care about one’s progress can all help make the process of habit formation more successful.’

A read a good book over the weekend (Effective Communication) and it’s had quite an impact on me. Steps on the road (or bridge in this case) of continual Personal Development.