Take the word habituation. The root word is habit. Obviously, some habits are positive and others get us into trouble or make our lives miserable. The definition of habitation is doing something in the same way over and over again. As I said, sometimes it works for us like learning the times table in 3rd grade. The constant repetition helped us cement those tables in our mind and I think to this day, most of us will never forget the multiplication number sequences.
We all have behaviors that become repetitive, habit forming, habitual and if they become a deficit like thinking the worst in any given situation, or becoming wildly impatient on a supermarket line well, it’s time to rethink things and make life easier. It’s time to get rid of those behaviors that are not supporting us. It’s time to create a new pattern through a form of repetition..
Here’s the key that goes into the lock. When you observe a behavior that’s not supporting you, that’s the moment of freedom. If you see that you’re running a sabotaging program, you can say stop! Don’t play this program, play something else. Every time that negative program shows up and you say to yourself, wait, stop, I have to cancel that, you’re creating a repetition of a new pattern. The more times you do it, the more the new pattern gets established. The more the new pattern gets established, it overrides the old negative thoughts/beliefs and cancels out the negative program. The subconscious then stops the negative pattern from running. Habituation is what this is called according to neuro-biologist, Dr. Bruce Lipton in his highly acclaimed best selling book, The Biology of Belief. “Habituation is a fundamental way of re-wiring the consequences of a negative program.”