Starting point of neuroscience: the functioning of the brain is based on the creation and maintenance of habits.
We simply condition our brain and our body to do the same things…every day! As William James, an American psychologist and philosopher, says, it is habits that dictate our behavior: “Mere assemblages of habits, we are stereotyped creatures, imitators and copiers of ourselves.” From there, we say to ourselves that there is work to change!
And yet, we know full well that we have to change some of our habits… So if we want to evolve, we must change the reactions and behaviors that our body has become accustomed to producing, and adopt new beneficial, healthy and decisive habits. And to achieve this, everything happens up there, in our brain!
Change is a morphological modification of the brain. Scientists have demonstrated this for years through cognitive science, the famous neuroscience. This incredible machine that is our brain can therefore be rebooted… reset! If there is one thing that defines our HATAHE method, it is this precept. It is by transforming our habits that we can transform our lives. And to transform our habits, we need to anchor new ones.
Chosen habits that are beneficial to us. At HATAHE, we have developed a precise anchoring protocol. A protocol that follows neuroscience and that we transmit in each of its training. But let’s get into the details first… What is a habit? A habit is an acquired disposition, relatively permanent and stable, which becomes a kind of second nature. For the brain, a habit is a neural circuit. The longer the habit, the more often the circuit is used – which makes it more efficient and faster! Habits represent about 40% of our behaviors every day! Almost half of what we do is not dictated by our head but by our body…
Learning to transform your habits is learning to transform your life! You should also know that a habit is a neurological loop defined in 3 stages: the signal, the routine and the reward. The Signal is the stimulus perceived by the brain that can activate a routine. It can be an emotion, a person, a noise, a place, a smell, etc.
The Routine corresponds to the action triggered in response to this signal. The Reward, on the other hand, will reinforce the link between the signal and the routine. If the brain is satisfied, it will keep this routine, and assimilate it to something to reproduce in the future. How are habits formed?
The brain is governed by two decision modes: system 1 and system 2. System 1 is simply the automatic, fast and unconscious way of thinking. The brain directs our life autonomously and efficiently, it requires little energy and attention. System 2 is about conscious, intentional and controlled thinking. It takes effort and energy to maintain attention. The brain being lazy, it will choose as much as possible, what it knows and masters – namely system 1! If he does not find a solution with system 1, then he will go to system 2. This is how our brain manages all the decisions of our life, all day long. Our habits, our routines allow us to accomplish an incredible number of things using the least amount of conscious energy. This keeps you sane and manages common situations without conscious effort. This is all the more time for our creative or enriching thoughts. So yes, habits really have a positive side! But when they no longer define us, when they are toxic, harmful or blocking us, and yet well integrated into our daily lives, we can choose to modify them. The brain has learned them, it can unlearn them – or to be exact: learn new ones that will replace the ones we no longer want in our lives.
Those that prevent us from unlocking the stages of our personal transformation. Why is it hard to kick a bad habit? Most of the time, bad habits are caused by stress and boredom. An important element to consider when talking about habits is dopamine. Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter in the brain that transmits information from one neuron to another. Dopamine is the main neurotransmitter involved in the reward circuitry in the brain. This hormone is released in our brain during experiences that it associates with pleasure, and particularly with short-term pleasures.
Then, its importance decreases because the brain gets used to this supply of dopamine and it demands even more. Phenomenon very well known during addictions… This is why it is difficult to anchor new habits and chase old ones – which provide in the very short term what the brain needs. HATAHE was created to support you in this process of anchoring new habits through the protocol it has put in place, and the creation of a new neural pathway, in 21 days.
The process always starts with an awareness of the situation and a cleaning up of the past.
The conditions for success must first be created! The new habit must fit in with one’s life and lifestyle. And of course to his goals and aspirations.
7 days to learn new beliefs and new knowledge: we are in the “UNBUILDING”.
7 days to put these new beliefs into practice: then comes the “RECONSTRUCTION”.
7 days to become by this new system of values and chosen habits: we are then in the “ANCHOR”.