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Habit and your subconcious mind

How do we create habits and control these with our subconscious mind? Read this article by Vision PT today to find out more!
Fitness and Training
Fitness and Training

By Tabitha Hudson at Wollongong

Ever feel really motivated to accomplish something, then do really well for a few days then go back into your old routine?

The most common example I go to is deciding to go to the gym every single day, to then find halfway throughout the week back in old habits of pressing the snooze.

This happens as a result your subconscious mind controlling your reality, and overpowering willpower.

Our subconscious mind is a part of a brain that gathers and programs our habits from what's going on outside of us, and our response within.

The body achieves what the mind believes so if it's not a habit or a belief, you won't do it consistently!

The only way to make long lasting change without having to rely on willpower is start making changes to your environment and the way you think. 

A few ways to do this:

- Reduce going to negative environments that cause you to fall off track.

- Don't allow yourself to associate with the people who bring you down, or are a bad influence. 

- Delete old habit patterns by interrupting them. E.g. instead of reaching for ice cream or biscuits when your upset, what if you were to write down how your feeling in that moment?

What's more important to you? Your goal? Or your holding onto your old habits.

- Control your self talk by deleting the negative and replacing with something more positive. E.g. going from thoughts like " I could never give up alcohol, I'll never lose the weight " to "I can do & achieve anything I want, I can reduce my alcohol, I'm allowed to stick to a couple of drinks and I'll make sure I prioritise extra exercise" this will self motivate you more to stay on track and not give in.

- Start with small steps to big changes, so instead of setting a goal to go the gym 7 days a week, when you are barely getting there 2 days. Set yourself a goal to go 3-4 times CONSISTENTLY for a month. Once you've achieved this, it'll feel less daunting because it's now a habit to prioritise your training.

The important thing to remember is that, in the words of Aristotle, " we are what we repeatedly do, excellence therefore, is not an act, but a habit".



*Disclaimer: Individual results vary based on agreed goals. Click here for details.

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