“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.” – Miles Davis
Daily Nugget of Gold 1323
Building Thought Habits
We’ve discussed a book written by Charles Duhigg before, The Power of Habit. When we last talked about his wonderful work here, we were focusing on physical habits rather than mental. Our bad. Really, we should have applied his insight to the habits of thought first and foremost, but we can probably be forgiven since that particular angle on habits isn’t discussed much in the book. So what brought this to mind? We were re-listening to the book fashioned after what was originally a correspondence course entitled The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel.
You may have forgotten where you’ve likely heard that author’s name before, he was one of the people Rhonda Byrne cited as being most influential in her own study of The Law of Attraction, which lead to the book and the movie by the same name, The Secret. Getting back to The Master Key System, in our recent session with Haanel’s material, we came across a point he made that our way of thinking is habitual, and that as we firmly develop one habit, we can easily move on to instill others. Whoa! Hold the phone! Really?
Now back to the work by Duhigg. In his book he talks about the idea that all habits contain 3 essential parts. Every habit has a ‘cue’- the thing that triggers the habit to start, a ‘routine’- the thing we do which is habitual, and a ‘reward’- the perceived payoff we get for doing the routine. We say ‘perceived’ because even when a habit is destructive, there’s something we believe that’s worth it as a reward. A cue, a routine, a reward, those are the things we need to focus on in order to form a new habit. We need to do this over and over again until the behavior we attempting to adopt becomes habitual. Usually, new habits can be formed in about 3 weeks.
So, moving again to Haanel, his point was that the student of The Law of Attraction and thought power would be wise to form multiple mental habits, building on each one as they move to the next. By progressing in this fashion, we can in very little time begin to dramatically alter the course of our lives. All this from simply sticking with each new thinking habit we are trying to develop until they truly become habitual, and then adding another and another.
Our groundwork has thus been laid and this leads us to the discussion of what comes next- why we want to do this. Without the “why”, it’s fairly safe to assume we won’t even start. This is true even if we are handed the full agenda on what to do. It won’t seem to be worth it unless we examine what our reward is. Agree? Let’s get together on this soon.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What new habits of thought would benefit me the most?”
Copyright 2015 Kevin Littleton, all rights reserved.