Why do We do What We do? (Part III)

Sometimes we do what we do because it’s a force of habit.Your habits are in fact connected to your wants as well as to your needs. According to Wikipedia, “habits are automatic routines of behavior that are repeated regularly, without thinking. They are learned, not instinctive, human behaviors that occur automatically, without the explicit contemporaneous intention of the person.” Habits help us function in our daily lives; they have a private and social function. Habits give us a level of independence and self-management over our daily activities. As the definition explains, habits are things that with time have become automatic for us to think and/or do. For this reason we should all take a look into our daily habits to see if we are doing the right thing, and heading in the right direction, not merely taking a shortcut through life, or following a negative or less than effective pattern. First, we must understand that we have the power to change our patterns. After we have become aware of a pattern of behavior that is destructive or counter productive to our vision or goals, we have to empower ourselves to change gears and re-educate our mind and body. We are not talking about simple rudimentary habits like brushing our teeth. We are talking about investing time and effort teaching ourselves new patterns of thinking about our daily activities, developing or redesigning those activities in order to transform our lives. Put another way, we are challenging you to re-invent yourself. By eliminating certain negative, harmful or mechanical habits and replacing them with habits with a purpose. For example, instead of the automatic habit of checking your email and Facebook account when you find yourself bored at work or at home, why not use that time to create and develop a new habit; it may still be an activity involving the internet, but instead of a passive activity, it may become and active thought-provoking activity, like writing a blog, and article, looking for an interesting piece of information, creating a photo album for your friends and family, etc. Instead of spending hour after hour glued to the television, why not record just the interesting shows or documentaries you want, and meanwhile read a book, eBook, or blog, spend time in your garden, go for a walk, play with your children or have a meaningful conversation with your spouse or your parents.

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