Bringing change – Training your Subconscious

If subconscious mind is responsible for the habits I have, how will I change a habit? If you are planning to start a tremendous change suddenly and drastically, then it might be difficult to implement. If you succeed in implementing it, you will not be able to sustain the change. That’s because your routine is different and your conscious is struggling to make sense of it. How to do it then? Start small. One good thing I have learned over the period is to switch to trivial things whenever you are going to perform something from your routine. I know its still confusing and so I will explain with an example.

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First, identify one habit which you want to change. Put that to test and see if its nagging you, driving you, not letting you sleep etc. for changing that. It should drive you to get rid of it and you should be self-motivated. Else, you will be wasting time doing something which is not needed for you. Let’s take an example where you want to quit smoking. Instead of smoking, when you have the urge, what do you want to do?

Let’s say you want to walk till the pantry, fetch a bottle of water, walk and little around the cabin and come back to your seat. Start the small activity instead of the regular habit. You may ask, what will I do in home. Choose what do you want to do when you have the same urge in home and continue doing that. Slowly make that as a routine and your subconscious makes a note of it. Piece of cake, isn’t it?

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