Habits Get Nature’s Attention (or Habits Magic)
We’ve talked about habits and results compounding one another in Virtuous Circles (and Maybe Vicious Ones) and how the compound effect of habits leads to increasing results over time. Are habits magic? It seems like we get help from somewhere. When concentrated, committed and consistent, habits get nature’s attention.
Nature vs. The Universe
I really want it to be Habits get the Universe’s attention, but something about “Universe’s” just seems awkward to say and write. Then you get into the complicated question of whether or not the word universe should be capitalized. I didn’t capitalize it there because I wanted to be inconsistent with the rest of the post. Consistency is important in the capitalization of the word universe, and I’m a rule breaker.
Try it. Also Tweet it, with a link back to his blog. We’ll see which gets the most clicks.
By the way, you are totally going off on a tangent, so I’m going to bring you back to the topic of habits.
Are Habits Magic?
There is something mysterious about habits. (Hint: it’s consistency) Habits are like magic. When an act becomes a habit, it gains immense power.
The Universe (or Nature) says to itself, “Universe…”
I think the Universe calls itself Universe. And speaks in red text.
“Universe, this person is serious! Let’s give her a little push. A little energy.”
Habits are Wonderful
When we’ve been eating well for a few months, the Universe notices and decides to give us a little push. Then we start to feel the energy and notice the changes in our physique.
Habits Minimize Thinking
We don’t have to struggle to get up and work on our side hustle, meditate and exercise. We just hop out of bed. Before long, we bounce up without the alarm clock.
When the waiter brings our dinner, we automatically separate half to take home and have for lunch the next day.
Direct deposit puts money in savings for us.
Habits Reduce the Need for Willpower
Habits make actions automatic. We don’t have to convince or remind ourselves of what we intend to do. When the act is a habit, we just do it because it’s what we do.
Habits are Horrible
When you’ve been eating junk food for a few months, the Universe notices and decides to give you a little push.
What makes habits horrible is that they’re tricky. One bag of chips doesn’t wreck our health, so we have another.
Then they’re so crunchy…
And we have another.
No one can eat just one.
Then we have a habit.
Similarly, one bunch of kale doesn’t immediately cure all your ills. It’s kinda bitter and doesn’t give us sugar rush or anything. So it’s difficult to have more kale. Then some more.
That one run or meditation session doesn’t immediately make us fit and get us off the pharmaceuticals the doc prescribed. [Want the prescription that could end all other prescriptions?]. That one session of meditation doesn’t immediately make you calm and present in stressful situations.
It’s kinda awkward, so we’re not as likely to try it again.
But if you repeat sessions of mediation until it becomes a habit, regaining calm in stressful situations becomes easier and easier.
Habits Minimize Thinking
We can mindlessly hit the snooze button. It’s what our bodies automatically do every morning. We don’t have to think about it.
The actions are mindless, bypass our brain. They either take us out of the moment (out of being present and mindful) or we do them because we are not present and mindful.
Habits Destroy Willpower
We do those things we wish we didn’t do automatically. The actions become natural, build momentum and make it harder and harder for us to do what we intend to do.
Bad habits don’t just force us to use our willpower.
Habit’s Get Nature’s Attention
The habit gets nature’s attention, and she lends a hand.
Or, the habit gets the universe’s attention, and it lends a hand.