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The Power Of The Habit: A Loop to Succeed

Have you ever stopped to think about what you could do differently, from now on, to achieve success? Simple changes in behavior can make all the difference, especially when it becomes a habit. You know what all successful people (really, I’m talking about all of them) have in common? Well, it’s something that dominates us all the time, but is also the key to achieving success. Here are the questions you should ask yourself:

  1. Why do you do what you are doing today?
  2. Why do some people and companies have a lot of difficulties to make a change, while others seems to?

The author of “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business”, after gathering numerous scientific research,shows that you need to enjoy the actual moment, which is the “Golden Age” of neuroscience, to understand how your brain is organized on a daily basis. It is striking to realize that all the people who have managed to succeed have a common pattern among them: the success from habits.

If we look at the athlete’s trajectories of the 2016 Olympics, we can see that the champions did all the time extraordinary things. To reach this level of evolution, they’ve made a series of frequent, repetitive things, which need to be non-rationalized. They know the power of habits and use it rationally to achieve something extraordinary. They know the brain is organized to save efforts and take full advantage of it. When confronted with the need to learn a new skill, such as a new language or a musical instrument, the brain consumes a lot of energy.

But,after some time, the responsible regions for attention and control effort begins to decrease their activities and start to work on “autopilot”. It happens when we adopt the routine. Thus, you will have time and energy to focus on new things that require thought and learning. Well, to get to this point, know the three stages of habit loop. Remember: you must respect the stage 3!

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Trigger: A Desire for a Change

Imagine, for example, that a company advertises its internationalization within 1 year and there you identify a great professional opportunity. You then conclude that you need to improve some of your skills, or just one. Let’s say that this skill is to communicate better in Spanish language. Of course, the mere fact that you identify a trigger by itself may not be enough to develop a habit – but if this motivation is strong, then you will pass to the 2nd. loop step, which is:

Routine: Attendance

To develop it, you will study the new language daily. It’s important to know that the habit will only be consolidated after 66 days of routine. Until then, you take risks and this is where many people give up, right on the halfway. A good tip here is to draw, step by step, what you need to do to get there – this tool may help you. However, the cycle has not yet been closed. He only gets established with the third and last step:

Reward: The pleasure

As soon as you get the first results with your new language skills, you will realize greater recognition of people and of course, new opportunities will open up. This is the reward achieved by completing the habit loop cycle. In this case, the power of habit was effective because you identified a strong reason to start, which is the trigger, developed and consolidated an uninterrupted routine practicing studies and after a period of time, began to receive the reward that will motivate you to continue.

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This goes for any habit you want to adopt. But be very aware and follow the 3 steps of the loop.
Remember, you are the sole owner of your own mind.To understand how habits work can turn you in a more productive person, healthier and even happier – But it will always depend on you.

About the Author:

Camila Honda is a Brazilian, Digital Marketer and loves Project Management. She is currently working at Heflo and Ideias.me