Are Habits Always Subconscious?

Most of our daily decisions are shaped by habits. Unlike conscious choices, these habits are carried out without us being aware of them. We don't control them with determination and willpower like we do with deliberate decisions. The habits we acquire can be either positive or negative.

We can have bad habits that we do without thinking about them. Examples include biting your nails when you're nervous, showing aggression when you're under pressure, or overeating at a buffet. All of these habits of thinking and acting are stored in our subconscious mind. It is programmed to stay in our comfort zones.

SMART goals should be made into a habit to help us stay productive and focused on our goals. The indica-routine-outcome process, which is controlled by the subconscious mind, is the key to understanding habits and their results. Even though the subconscious mind is powerful, it is still possible to change our habits if we become more aware of our actions, visualize what we want for ourselves, and control our environment in an intelligent way. Visualization will allow us to rule out bad thoughts and replace them with positive ones, which will improve our subconscious and produce good habits.

When we learn to create these patterns on purpose, we can use the power of habit to instill new comfort zones that our subconscious will adapt to. For example, if we replace a bad thought with a positive one, it will improve our subconscious and produce good habits. A goal provides our subconscious mind with a map that defines our current realities (bad habits) and destinations (good habits). Our subconscious mind is like a field, our thinking is like a seed, and the fruits it produces are habits (good or bad).

To change habits and improve our lives, we must understand the difference between our conscious mind and our subconscious mind.