Personal self-mastery is a skill that depends on your becoming aware of, and changing, unconscious habits, especially those that limit your performance and success.
We are all creatures of habit. They are the brain’s way of getting things done without too much thinking. But habits are not always efficient or effective.
The mechanism of habits is complex involving cognitive and physiologic signals which we may, or may not interpret correctly and respond to.
In general we use 4 kinds of habits to live our lives:
- Life habits like the routine we use every day to get going in the morning
- Learned habits such as those we learn to do particular tasks like play a musical instrument, or make a cup of tea
- Environmentally induced habits are those we get into unconsciously because of the environments we are in, such as when driving our car, working at a computer, and watching tv
- Life-event induced habits that become embodied when we are exposed to traumas such as significant injury, illness, shocks
In time, habits become unconscious. Rather than enhancing our performance, some habits can actually limit our performance and success.