This is the best way to form powerful habits that stick

by Ana Lopez

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Our brains are lazy – but not without good reason. Comprising only 2% of the body’s mass, the brain takes up 20% of its energy. About 86 billion neurons struggle to meet their dizzying metabolic needs. Laziness is an energy-saving necessity for the brain.

If we want to create powerful habits that last, there’s no point in wasting that energy. But that’s what most of us do when we try to change our habits. We scold and punish ourselves for adopting new habits. We bend over backwards to justify unhealthy things. This mental gymnastics exhausts vital mental energy. We engage in thoughts, beliefs, and actions that don’t really support change. Instead, they smother it.

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