Today we’re going to shift gears a bit, and get into the science behind breaking bad habits.
See, access to information today is easier than it has ever been. So if your goals are, for example, fat loss and lean muscle gain … chances are you know (at least mostly) HOW and WHAT you should be doing to make it happen.
It’s just your “bad habits” that stand between where you are now and your ultimate fitness goals.
My friend Tyler Bramlett (you remember him, right? The Garage Warrior? Fellow kettlebell expert and NorCal resident?) has an article for you today that contains some GREAT info on the SCIENCE of bad habits.
The SCIENCE Behind Breaking Bad Habits
by Tyler Bramlett, author, 27 Body Transformation Habits YOU Can’t Ignore
I remember a client I had a few years back. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get her to change her habits.
I literally taught her EXACTLY what she needed to do in order to completely transform her body … but NOTHING seemed to get through to her. I asked myself, “why is it that she can’t change?”
I dug into the research about behavior and this what I found…
Donald Hebb, was a controversial and world renowned expert and researcher in the fields of psychology, behavior and habit change. In his groundbreaking book The Organization Of Behavior, Hebb says, “nerves that fire together, wire together.”
This statement and the supporting scientific evidence to back this up over the years has changed the way people approached behavioral change.
What this statement means, is that the more you do something, the easier it is to do.
Every time you break your diet, or decide to avoid the gym you are making it easier for you to do this. Eventually you bad decisions become a subconscious habit.
These subconscious habits, whether you realize it or not are what made you into who you are today and will shape who you will become in the days, weeks and months to come.
This is the very reason why people get fatter and fatter throughout their lives. You make one bad choice, then another and eventually…
These bad decisions make it nearly impossible for you to change.
But… There’s good news!
Since we now know for a fact that you become what you repeatedly do, doesn’t that mean if you make enough of the right decisions then your old BAD habits will die and your NEW GOOD habits will become the new normal?
Imagine, developing new and powerful good subconscious habits that support a healthier, happier and better looking version of you.
Wouldn’t that be great? To always make good decisions without even having to think about it.
These GOOD subconscious habits, are usually the difference between people who have the body they desire and live the lives they want and people, who like my client, couldn’t seem to change.
The secret to permanently changing these BAD habits and turn them into good ones is this -
We must identify the most critical habits EVERYONE NEEDS if they want to look, feel and perform their best. Then, instead of just telling ourselves what we need to do, we make sure that the habits are rebuilt through a system of consistent subconscious conditioning.
Basically, for 30 days, one would carry around a checklist of the habits they needed to develop. If after 30 days they were succeeding with these habits, more would be added … if they weren’t succeeding, some would be taken away.
The focus would be to CONSISTENTLY work on these small habit changes to “rewire” one’s brain … to permanently eliminate BAD habits and replace them with good ones.
You can do this too! Simply identify a few habits that you want to make a permanent part of your life. Things like sleeping more, exercising 3 days a week, eating more veggies, etc. And then create a checklist to make sure you do them.
Once you have CONSISTENTLY performed these habits for 30 days, add in another one and keep on going!
At the link below, I share my whole experience and everything I have learned along the way to make a permanent transformation in peoples bodies and lives. Check it out…
I have used these principals on over 500 people in my local community and had some pretty FAST and AWESOME transformations. Plus, unlike other diet and exercise “gurus”, my main focus is permanent transformation.
Say goodbye to the days of slipping off your diet or avoiding the gym. Say hello to a new version of you who makes great decisions every single day without having to think about it!
Awesome article, Tyler! Thanks for sharing.
To learn more about Tyler’s new 27 Body Transformation Habits YOU Can’t Ignore program, click HERE
Have a great weekend, and talk soon -