Focus more energy on doing a good habit than building the habit. Why? It turns out that there are stages in building a habit whilst you can just do it consistently. 

According to James Clear, there are four stages of habit. The cue, craving, response, and reward. The cue triggers your brain to initiate a behavior. The second stage is the response which is the motivational force behind every habit. The response is the actual habit you perform, which can take the form of a thought or an action. Rewards are the end goal of every habit. We usually chase the reward to satisfy us and teach us.

The third step in forming a habit is the response. This is where we should focus more. The response is the actual habit you perform, which can take the form of a thought or an action. It also delivers a reward. Rewards are the end goal of every habit. The response is about obtaining the reward. We chase rewards because they serve two purposes: (1) they satisfy us and (2) they teach us.

The first purpose of reward is to satisfy our cravings. The more immediate benefit that the reward satisfies it would also give us relief from the cravings. The second purpose of reward is to teach us. Our brain is a reward detector. Rewards teach us which actions are worth remembering in the future.

If the first three steps are present then the behavior will occur. Without all four, the behavior will not be repeated so it will not become a habit. Forming a habit is good but focus your energy on doing the good habit. Do it consistently and achieve your goals.

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