Introduction to HabitHAX™
EVERY successful person you can think of got there by creating powerful, positive habits. Specifically, they got there by using Habit Hacks in order to develop their habits; to replace bad habits with good habits; to rebound and get back on their path to success when they failed; and to get their new habits to stick. Every successful person you know got there because they know tips and tools to achieve these challenging tasks. In other words: they know Habit Hacks.
There are fundamental “ingredients” found in every newly developed habit. There are also methods to streamline and optimize your creation of new positive habits that have been proven to work. Such tips and tools for streamlining life tasks have been termed “hacks,” and you can read more about the evolution of that term here. Those tips and tools to streamline your creation of new, powerful habits are habit hacks.
Here at Sacred Herbals, we use the term HAX™ to distinguish our tips and tools from the negative connotation of the term, hacks – the vandalism carried out by some “computer hackers” – and to mean specifically the positive powerful methods for achieving personal and professional goals.
For the goal of forming new habits, we offer HabitHAX™.
Habit Hacks: Foundation for Building Your Life of Success
Habit Hacks Provide the Foundation for ALL Your Goals
This guide is meant as the starting point for Sacred Herbals UNLIMITED Members. For complete transparency, please note: the Sacred Herbals eBook, “HabitHAX: Tips & Tools for Your Habit-Quest,” is only available to UNLIMITED Members. Repeat: it is not one of the many eBooks available in our free resources.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, to become fitter and trimmer, to learn Yoga, High-Intensity Interval Training, or to learn Meditation, improve memory and cognition, or any other worthy goal, your success will hinge on forming new habits. This guide is therefore the foundation for all of our Sacred Herbals HAX programs (HealthHAX™, FitnessHAX™, BrainHAX™, etc.).
Habits are what help us achieve great things in life. You won’t find a successful person who hasn’t developed habits that have helped them accomplish what they needed to on their way to a goal. Every one of us has tried to develop positive habits at some time in our lives. Most of us make mistakes in creating those habits, resulting in failure.
Don’t get me wrong: failure is not necessarily a bad thing. In my opinion, Thomas Watson (early CEO at IBM) was absolutely correct when he said that “Success lies on the far side of failure.” We all fail. What is important is to get back up; to learn from your failure; and to move ahead on the path to success. Our guide, “HabitHAX: Tips & Tools to Use on Your Habit-Quest,” can help you avoid some common mistakes, perhaps avoid some common failures, and help you develop habits that will take you to your ultimate goal … and beyond.
You might look at the habits of Olympic athletes as grueling and so time-consuming – with no guarantee of winning the gold medal – that it seems like too much to bear for just a chance of winning. Yes, the Olympian has passion for their final goal. They also have passion for the habits that will take them there. Without passion for the habit you’re trying to create, you’ll have a much more difficult time reaching the finish line.
The Habit Creation Journey
Remember this: The journey is just as important as the destination.
During the formation of a habit, your brain – your subconscious mind – will try to make up all kinds of excuses, reasons for why you can’t implement the habit. For example, if your goal is greater overall fitness, perhaps including an adjustment of your weight, the journey to your goals will include exercise … you’ll want to get up early to exercise (the habit). Your excuses to stay in bed might include:
- “I didn’t get any sleep.”
- “It’s too cold to go outside and run.”
- “I’m sore from yesterday’s workout.”
- “I need to check little Davey’s homework before school this morning.”
- And the list goes on …
Habit Sabotage: YOU are Your Worst Enemy
This is the dark side of habit creation. Your subconscious mind will try to sabotage the new habit simply because your old habit gives you some type of reward and is easy and familiar. In our example, the reward is remaining in a nice, warm, comfortable bed. Bad habits are comfortable. But they won’t lead you to success.
There are other potential saboteurs who may try to distract your efforts at creating new positive habits. These saboteurs include existing poor habits. Such existing habits that no longer serve your healthy lifestyle goals are often based on events in your childhood (don’t worry: we won’t be performing any Freudian childhood psychiatric assessments here).
Habits such as biting your nails, watching too much television, smoking, and many others can often be traced to something that developed when you were a child. It’s important that you bring those habits to the forefront and learn why you originally developed the habit and make the decision that it no longer fits into your present healthy lifestyle goals. Habit hacks will help you uncover your bad habits, and to replace them with positive habits that move you toward your best self, the New You.
Habits basically come in two distinct types – good and bad. The bad habits are the destructive ones that keep you from living up to your full potential. Unfortunately, they also tend to give you pleasure – that extra sleep in the morning rather than working out or watching your favorite shows on television rather than studying – those habits offer some innate reward, albeit transient, and often shallow.
Good habits can be created and that’s what this guide is all about. Habit hacks are about boosting your potential through developing positive, powerful new habits. Our guide will teach you the habit hacks – the HabitHAX™ … how habits work, how to formulate a plan of action, and how to make your new habits stick around, to keep you on the path to success throughout your life.
To achieve your full potential!
Habits need to be repeated for at least 21 days (approximately) before they become a part of your biological routine. In fact, the average time to form a new behavior is 66 days! Some habits – especially habits that are associated with physiological addiction such as smoking tobacco – may take much longer.
The Sacred Herbals “HabitHAX: Tips & Tools for Your Habit-Quest” guide will help you understand the key components of a habit – how they work and how you can make them stick. Knowledge is power!
Welcome to the New You!
Please be certain to check out Part 2 of this series on Creating Positive Habits: Habit Myths.