So how are your New Year’s resolutions going?

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New Year's Resolution - Breaking and Creating Habits

Ever wonder why it is so difficult to establish and maintain our resolutions? The changes that we know will be good for us, improve our life, our health?


Nope, that can’t be it. We return year after year with good intention and new or renewed resolutions.


Again, we return with commitment and can manage to commit to new routines…for a time.

Making and Breaking Habits

Aristotle stated, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” While Aristotle was on to something, it is not as simple as it sounds. Neuroscientist David Eagleman writes in Incognito[i], “Brains are in the business of gathering information and steering behavior appropriately. It doesn’t matter whether consciousness is involved in the decision making.

And most of the time, it’s not.” This suggests that our lives operate in a subconscious mode where we function on ‘repeat’ or repeated learned behaviours known as ‘chunks’. Specific triggers create automatic actions that provide predictable outcomes. Safe. Comfortable.

How do habits form?

Charles Duhigg[ii] explains we experience a trigger cue which tells the brain to automatically choose the correct habit for any particular situation. This becomes the physical, mental or emotional routine for specific situations. The reward that follows helps the brain determine if this particular ‘loop’ is worth filing away for the future. Each time the loop and reward are implemented they become more intertwined until anticipation and craving are created.

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3 double shot lattes and it is only 10:30am

Consider – feeling stressed or tired? A coffee will offer a pick-me-up. The caffeine hit surges, and increased energy follows. The positive association builds around the coffee habit which is used repeatedly to create a stimulated energy and before you know it you have had 3 double shot lattes and it is only 10.30am.

So how can we replace negative habits?

Some will say ‘cold turkey’ which is simply stopping the habit through the willpower. This of course does not work for everyone or we would all simply replace our negative habits this way. Others state that we need greater focus on the reward. Not only will exercising improve our health, we can look forward to the endorphins + the great smoothie we have earnt at the end of the session. Yet others say that we need social or team support to maintain our new habits (read peer encouragement/pressure).

The secret ingredient

This can’t be all, however, because if it was there would be no backsliding after a month or two. Extreme stress is a great compromiser, tripping us back to old habits. Safe. Comfortable. For a new habit to firmly take hold and stay for the long haul we must BELIEVE that change is possible and that we deserve the benefits the change will bring us.


Beliefs are fundamental ideas we have about ourselves, life, relationships, values etc. and are primarily established early in our lives before we begin to operate from logic. Most of us continue to operate as adults from childhood core beliefs, whether positive or negative. This sub-conscious programming continues to run in the background without us even realising it is there. Theoretically, this is not a problem until our program does not support the change we want to see. This is commonly known as self-sabotage and we might not even be aware we are doing it!

Consider how this can play out for a person who has a core belief that they need to struggle to succeed. What happens when adding a challenging training regimen to their already challenging work and home life? It soon becomes one struggle too many. They might be able to sustain their new health regimen for a short time, however, they will soon find it exhausting and depleting. If we expect to have to work really hard to get where we want to be, chances are that is exactly what we will attract: hard work and struggle.

Rewriting Old Programs

Your body knows about your subconscious core beliefs. Using kinesiology, these patterns can be uncovered and rewritten. You now have the option to use your adult mind to rewrite the childhood patterns that no longer serve you well.

When your conscious and sub-conscious mind are working together in the belief that you can change, new patterns are created and success follows.

If your resolutions need re-invigorating, call to discuss or make an appointment today.

Live your best life.

[i] Eagleman, D, Incognito, The Secret Lives of the Brain, 2016, The Cannons

[ii] Duhigg, C, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, 2012, Random House

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