Our habits determine the bulk of the actions that we do and therefore how our life turns out is largely the reflection of the habits that we develop.
It would be a tremendous waste of mental effort and energy constantly having to learn everything all over again, every time we need to repeat an already-learned activity. So our conscious mind decides to hand down tasks to the subconscious mind in which patterns of behavior get ingrained that are triggered automatically. That’s the reason we feel habits are automatic and that we have little or no control over them.
When we learn to do a task it gets stored in our subconscious memory database so that we don’t have to learn it all over again every time we need to do it. This is the very mechanics of habits. First, you learn to do something, then when you repeat the activity enough number of times, your conscious mind decides to not bother about the task anymore and hand it over to your subconscious mind so that it becomes an automatic behavioral response.
While dressing up for the office, you find that you have to struggle for at least 20 minutes to button your shirt…..and so on. You can imagine what kind of a horrible and stressful day it will turn out to be. But, thankfully it isn’t so. Providence has bestowed upon you the gift of habit so that you only have to learn things once.
Habits always start consciously
Any pattern of behavior strengthens if we repeat it and weakens if we don’t repeat it. Repetition is food for the habits.
When you repeat a habit, you are convincing your subconscious mind that the habit is a beneficial behavioral response and should be triggered as automatically as possible. However, when you cease to repeat behavior, your mind comes to think that it is no longer needed. It’s worthwhile here to mention that research has confirmed the fact that when our habits change, our neural networks also change.