25 March 2015
Never Ending Routine
Everyone has habits, even if they do not realize it. For instance, I woke up this morning, put toothpaste on my toothbrush and brushed my teeth. In the novel Habit written by Charles Duhigg, he makes a clear point that in order to change a habit, one has to first change his or her habit loop. A habit loop consists of three steps: cue, routine, and reward. Routines that are done repetitively are turned into habits. From an early age, hoarding had a negative impact on me. When I was nine years old, my chorus group was supposed to wear a red t-shirt for our performance and I thought I had one in my closet the whole time. However, it turned out that I threw it away the week before; ever since then, I told myself to keep everything that I can possibly need. It then turned into a habit. With that there are two kinds of habit: bad and good habits. What makes a habit considered bad would be when one is not making the best self that he or she can be. With that, the habit would result with negative consequences. On the other hand, a good habit would be the opposite; the reward would affect one positively. Changing a bad habit may be hard because the routines of the habit loop become natural; however, that does not mean it is impossible to change it. In order to transform an undesirable habit, one must have intrinsic motivation, and a growth mindset to understand that he or she has the potential to succeed if one has self-control.
By developing a growth mindset, I had control over my own actions. With that, I wanted to pursue in the new challenge of breaking my bad habit. To do so, I had to figure out what was my old habit loop. My cue was that I do not think anything is useless because my mind tells me that I would need it in the future. Therefore I would attempt to clean up my room, but I still ended up keeping everything. With that, I am rewarded with everything that I can possibly need....
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