In some way or another, we are all into self-improvement. It’s that curiosity about what could be, or who we ought to be that drives us to make changes in our lives. There are a lot of reasons to develop the healthy habit of self-improvement, but is it worth the effort? Change requires time. Behavioral change requires redeveloping your motor responses, as well as changes in your intentions. Cognitive change can be just as difficult. In order to make a habit stick and to ensure the least likelihood of relapse, it’s important to repeat behaviors for at least three weeks until it becomes second nature. From there, it should be easier to maintain the behavior. However, change requires mental energy and focus for that minimum three weeks. With having our own lives, making certain changes can be exhausting. It’s this proverbial tug-of-war between your former self and who you want to be. You are the rope being pulled in each direction. Choosing the better version of yourself isn’t always easy. Your past behavior and intentions existed for a reason as well, and old habits die hard. Outweighing the reasons for building new behaviors that lead to a better you aren’t as simple as just thinking it should happen. However, big change is possible, despite contrary beliefs over the years.
In many circles, it has been argued that the attentional demands of making new habits can be so high that it requires constant conscious effort. Habits, which are generally ingrained in our responses, have become unconscious because they no longer require attention to perform. Typing on a computer, for example, often becomes an unconscious process for most people once they’ve practiced enough. During the first few weeks of using a computer though, it was difficult to get into a flow for the new comers. This is the same with building new behaviors. It’s easy to fall back into the old habits because they are natural and unconscious. Consciously overriding these old behaviors and replacing them with new ones requires linking the two, the same way a train track can switch rails, and constantly pulling the switch whenever the old behavior emerges. It’s no doubt that change can be difficult, but big change is possible. Despite what may be expected, big change doesn’t follow an exponential progression of difficulty as more change is taken on.
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