Change, though uncomfortable at first, is something that we all want to experience. At the start of every year, we make new year’s resolutions that we hope would take us to the next level of our personal development. However, it is sometimes difficult to be consistent in doing good.
In view of these challenges, it is essential for us to understand how habits are being formed. In his book titled “Atomic Habits,” James Clear (2018) explains that a habit is the by-product of a series of actions, namely responding to cues or triggers, developing cravings, responding to desires, and experiencing satisfaction.
Consider the following examples:
This piece of knowledge should be life-changing for us. We are not necessarily in control of our environmental triggers. We certainly can’t stop ourselves from experiencing natural urges, cravings, and desires. On the other hand, the secret to forming a good habit, or breaking a bad one, lies in our responses. When we deliberately choose to act responsibly instead of emotionally, then we would reap the rewards of a disciplined life.