Habits

My Greatest Expression of You process is all about unwiring habits that do not work for you and creating the new habits of being your best self.

According to Psychology Today, the formation of habits is the process by which new behaviors become automatic. As I have described it, new habits are the firing and wiring of new neuropathways so that they become hardwired.

Somewhere around 1890, psychologist William James wrote about habits. He wrote that, “The brain can be rewired through deliberate training.” He said that the goal of education “is to make our nervous system our ally instead of our enemy. We must take care to launch ourselves with as strong and decided an initiative as possible.” James also taught that “Habit is second nature, or rather, ten times nature.”

Habit power

In The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg writes, “Neuroscientists have traced our habit-making behaviors to a part of the brain called the basal ganglia, which also plays a key role in the development of emotions, memories and pattern recognition. Decisions, meanwhile, are made in a different part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex. But as soon as a behavior becomes automatic, the decision-making part of your brain goes into a sleep mode of sorts.

In fact, the brain starts working less and less. The brain can almost completely shut down. … And this is a real advantage, because it means you have all of this mental activity you can devote to something else.” Of course the disadvantage is that we also preform the habits we want to break with the same automatic behavior.

Breaking old habits are as hard to do as forming new habits. That’s because the behavioral patterns we repeat most often are literally etched into our neural pathways. (Neurons that fire together wire together.) The good news is that, through repetition, we can form and maintain new habits.

Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:

I’m making a habit of being my best self.

The role of emotional habits

Throughout all of my blog posts on The Greatest Expression of You process, I have written about the role of emotional habits.

The emotional impact of traumatic life events help hard-wire the thoughts, behaviors and emotions that accompany the event. These reactionary thoughts, emotions and behaviors can become habit and emit their own chemical signature in the body.

When you try to change a habit with will power, you rarely will succeed. Your body will literally go into withdrawal seeking the chemical release of anger, hurt, fear and/or sadness. You feel weird or uncomfortable and all too soon you are back to your old behaviors.

William James wrote, “In the acquisition of a new habit, or the leaving off of an old one, we must take care to launch ourselves with as strong and decided an initiative as possible.”

My take on “launch ourselves with as strong and decided an initiative as possible” is that to effectively create new habits, to fire and wire you must memorize JOY and Mentally Rehearse being your best self throughout the day.

Using the Greatest Expression of You process, you can launch yourself into the habit of being your best self.

Daily practice for changing habits

  • Read the 2 or 3 sentences that describe being the Greatest Expression of You
  • Meditate on this and memorize being joyful.
  • Mentally rehearse being joyful throughout the day as you go about your day. Give thanks for being the Greatest Expression of You
  • Use self-hypnosis throughout the day to remind yourself who it is you are becoming
  • Inventory – At the end of the day, take inventory of your day. Where did you do really well at being the Greatest Expression of You? Where did you fall from grace? Mentally rehearse being & doing differently next time.
  • Believe – We only act on and out of what we personally believe to be true.
  • Gratitude – Give thanks for being the Greatest Expression of You. Open up to receiving.

Make the Greatest Expression of You process your daily habit and be your best self.

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