We are frequently held back by unconscious habits that serve to undermine our performance and success. All too often we have no idea we are using such habits, let alone why we use them. Because they are so much part of us, they are actually invisible to us.
Habits – Shortcuts and Traumas
We develop some habits as shortcuts for getting on with our life. These include habits such as getting out of bed in the morning, getting dressed and getting to work.
We develop habits in response to our environments, such as the chair we are sitting in, the car we are driving, the arrangement of our computer on our desk or lap.
And we develop habits as a result of a trauma. By trauma I mean any experience that was significantly serious for you. This could have been a serious injury, illness, a car crash, the unexpected loss of a loved one, especially at an early age, etc.
In the main, unless these habits are holding us back, we never experience them consciously, let alone even think of them.
Habits and Performance
How we use ourselves (habits) has an impact on how we function. For example, many professionals, such as musicians and sport stars, consciously practice for hours on end to create habits to make themselves successful.
Exceptionally, when we encounter injury, illnesses, bereavement and other traumas, we can go into patterns of protection, especially if there is a lot of pain associated with the event. These patterns can be deeply embedded at the time of the incident and result in unconscious patterns of behaviour in our life subsequently.
For example, you may recall spraining your ankle and limping for some time after, as the injury healed up. The limp was your way of keeping your full weight off the injured ankle and protecting yourself from further injury and pain. If the injury was bad enough, you may have limped for so long it became a permanent way in which you use yourself in walking or thinking about the strength of your ankle or leg.
These sort of habits and experiences often have a distorting effect on our natural alignment and coordination. In time, these distortions can have a detrimental effect on our performance. To overcome them, we may resort to ‘trying harder’.
Often, the harder we try to do something, or the more we strive for perfection, the more it seems to elude us. This is because we start focusing excessively on the outcome
If we have had a really bad, or traumatic experience, we may not even feel like beginning to start again.
I work with people who want to improve their performance in many aspects of their lives by:
- Creating conditions that allow them become aware of the habits that lead to under-performing.
- Developing understanding of how such habits restrict their performance;
- Co-designing and implementing effective and efficient changes.
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