Hack your habits
Learning how perspective works have been a game changer for me this year. Mind Hacking and habit manipulation have become quite a fascinating subject to me since I was forced to change one out due to health concerns.
Programing yourself is somewhat like writing code with the human condition element involved. I wanted to share a few thoughts based on a few personal experiments I have conducted over this year. I started looking at my self-construct and tried to study my perspectives and habits using a simplified set of definitions. After putting a few modifiers to practice, I was extremely surprised how much my life changed positively based on targeted goals that were in many ways children of my original perspectives.
At our core we all look at reality differently than one another, I call these (Perspective Trends). As humans at the core we have the framework which typically stays generally unmodified and solid. Perspective trends and experience created perspectives can harden over time and become harder to modify because they tend to start sticking to our framework and hardening further as time goes on. Just like habits the more you invest in a habit the more it becomes a part of you. After making some major progress with my health and energy targets I thought I would try to use the same concepts with my web design and software business.
The first step was identifying what I wanted to accomplish and then creating a reasonable list mixed in with the items that I needed to accomplish. I wanted to be reasonable with these goals / targets because most goals require perspective changes that in most cases are harder to modify than one would think.
Another interesting thing about changing perspective is other aspects of your life change primarily for the better, aspects you did not expect. For example, Once I started enjoying healthier food and ignoring unhealthily food not only did I lose weight, but my energy levels skyrocketed, and my overall mood improved. I know that is a typical example, but it was spot on and what compelled me to write this article.
Perspective is the human core experience that shapes the world around you both internally and physically. Below is how I have broken down core perspective drivers.
Survival – Base
Food – Shelter – Appropriation – Community – Religion: These are the standard framework requirements that shape our perspectives.
Fail | Reward: Core values that shape experience that in turn forge perspectives.
Fail – Positive - Driver + Constructor / Keeping at it / Learn From
Fail – Negative - Perspective Shift Stop / Ending Point
Reward- Positive Driver + Constructive / Continue / Improve
Reward – Negative Shift Stop / Ending Point / Don’t need to change / Laziness / There is not a better way
Trying a new perspective/ making the switch
To attempt to simplify the process I would like to break it down into steps that have worked for me. So far, we have our short list of items needing improvement. We don’t know quite yet what perspective we need to acquire or modify but we generally have an idea on what habits might need to be associated.
With anything like this, the hardest part is getting the tinder to start the habit by changing your perspective. Most of the time a good start is trying to get yourself into a mindset focusing on the benefits of what fruits that habit is going to produce. This is common since I know, but really allowing yourself to paint and frame the outcome is a key element. Make it into a personal game, a game you play with yourself.
The perspective is that you enjoy the habit and even want to do more than maintain the habit. What we don’t realize is that once our perspective changes other opportunities will be born from it, even more important ones that we might not be aware of.
The problem with being human is we all want to solve a problem, but see the results instantaneously. Our perception of (time) is in my opinion the hardest one to shape.
A simple but important example.
- I am going to start making changes to improve my life and the lives of others.
- I will now allow myself to avoid consuming foods and beverages that hinder my performance
- I will exercise and get better sleep because of it
- I will focus on things that are the most important and understand that this is a journey and not a destination.
- Flushed out my body of toxins unreliable types of fuel
- Trusted and now rely on exercise to relieve my stress and improve my physique
- Improved my work and relationships by choosing the right directions during this journey
Once you acquire results, then tweaking, modifying and even adding new habits becomes less of a challenge.
Everyone generally knows this, but the question is do you perceive it? Continue to Change – Continue to grow and don’t be afraid to take a bulldozer to your old framework.