The second is to give out an award
Before I explain what that means, can you think of any bad habits you have? Surely, you can think of at least a few. Do you know why they're so hard to get rid of, even if you really want to?
Because they give you an immediate sense of satisfaction. Bingo! That's the key to programming. We smoke, eat fast food, or watch soap operas at night because it feels good. And giving up these habits is very difficult, even if you understand that it's bad for you.
The tricky thing about bad habits is that they're enjoyable right away, and we see the harm that comes with them much later.
With good habits, on the other hand, it's the other way around. Immediately from them, as a rule, there is nothing pleasant. But, after a while, you will experience one hundred percent pleasure from the result that these habits bring.
For example: getting addicted to eclairs is much easier than getting addicted to broccoli. All because of the pleasure of the dessert you will get right away. Letting such a habit after a month will bring with it a few extra pounds and rashes on the skin.
Becoming addicted to broccoli is more difficult because there will not be a momentary pleasure. However, after a month, you will experience real pleasure when you see how much slimmer your body is and how much more beautiful your skin is.
Based on this, it turns out that we can trick the brain.
That's the secret! To reinforce healthy habits, simply reward yourself for them. The reward does not have to be big. It can be very simple, but most importantly — instant! Let the hormone dopamine be produced and tell your brain that this action is great. This will be the first stage of the fixation.
Your updated formula would be, “After I brush my teeth, I make my bed, and then I have a delicious coffee and croissant.”
Mmmmm… Even I felt like making my virtual bed, so I could drink the delicious virtual coffee.