As one of my cognitive psychology professors shared years ago, habit formation is like a track in the brain. Each time we do something the track in our brain gets more and more pronounced. As we repeat it, that connection becomes stronger and stronger. This is a plus for both positive and negative pathways. As I wrote in Coaching Business Builder, “Habits are things that we do consistently and often subconsciously. Habits become automatic ways of doing things, often without much thought. Habits can be in service to our work, and also can get in the way of our success.”
In the virtual and remote space, habits are an important part of getting things done. As we develop habits, we create more “room” for getting things done because the decision-making part of our brain doesn’t have to work so hard.
Habits require three things to create new neural pathways: attention, focus, and reinforcement. What can you do to create new pathways? What are the things you want to reinforce? What can you do to create new patterns and habits around that?
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