The struggle of changing surface level habits

The struggle of changing surface level habits

It doesn’t work.

We can try to implement all kinds of media sexy, but shallow tactics to improve our habits. Setting alarms, eating slow, always having vegetables in the fridge. These can work if we’re using them to simply remind ourselves to do whatever the habit is that we want to be doing.

There’s nothing wrong with the tactics we try. That’s not the problem. But the tactics on their own rarely, if ever, deliver the results we want.

The problem isn’t that we don’t know what to do to change our behaviour. Nor is it that we don’t know how to do it. We can access all this information with less than seven taps on our phone screen. Give or take a tap depending on the length of our pin code.

No, the problem is our unwillingness to change. The thought of changing who we are and how we behave scares us away from successfully alternating our behaviour.

Maybe the potential change threatens who we are. Even if whatever we’re doing right now isn’t working. So we self-sabotage any potential success we might have. Either knowingly or subconsciously. While blaming it all on tactics.

That’s because the surface level tactics usually stop working once the novelty wears off. We move on to another habit. Something that feels more exciting than whatever we’re currently doing. This cycle keeps repeating and we end up like Truman. Trying to leave, but getting nowhere.

In the end, all the habit changing tactics are useless. Unless you decide to go to the root of the problem first.

It could be about changing parts of your identity. Or about rewiring some knots from the childhood.

Only then can you see success with the surface level tactics and habits.

 

 

 

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