Most of the time we don’t listen to our bodies. They often they send out such vital messages that we miss out in our busy lives. This is why meditation is very important. This is one way of shutting the external nosies and focus on internal insights.

In our continuation of the book Atomic Habits, we look at the external signals that creates a neural pathway that triggers a behaviour. In the previous blog we looked at Cues — Signals that sets a habit in motion. When Cue’s are entertained they lead to Cravings — they are basically hormones and chemicals circulating through your body. If you are having a habit of doing something every morning, this happens automatically. This is one of the surprising insights about our habits. All small and big, good and bad habits have this pattern.

Cues that trigger a behaviour or a habit is often invisible. You don’t know why you do certain things at a certain time, but you do it automatically. For example, the way you wear your socks, the way you button your shirt, the way you apply soap to your body are all following a automatic pattern and most of the time you do it unconsciously. Smokers have the habitual way of shedding ashes and the way they smoke. So what is important to form a habit is to observe clearly what you do. Many of our failures in performance are largely attributable to a lack of self-awareness.

For checking bad habits the author suggests a point and call system for our personal lives. Just shout out loud the action you are thinking of taking and what that outcome will be. The argument for doing so, that is calling out loudly, is to make the consequences seem more real rather than imaginary. It adds weight when you call out a bad routine, otherwise it will mindlessly slip into an old routine. Just say out loud reinforces a behaviour.

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