Creating a New Habit

Behavioral patterns are considered habits when they meet the criteria laid out in the well-known habit loop: (1) trigger, (2) recurring behavior (the habit itself), and (3) reward. The trigger prompts the habit to occur pretty much subconsciously. It can be a regular time, circumstance, location, emotional event, smell, sound, or anything else you associate with the habit. The reward is a payoff you desire. Rewards are often an emotional response, like feeling elated when you complete your morning exercise or pleasure from a bite of chocolate. A reward can also be the opposite, an escape from emotion, such as that achieved from consuming too much alcohol. Continue reading

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Dealing with Doubt

As discussed in my previous entry, Doubt, there are many reasons we don’t achieve or pursue our dreams; however, doubt is among the most harmful. Doubt kills belief in our goals and denies us the energy needed to pursue our dreams. So how do you deal with doubt? Continue reading