How Learning Occurs
Every individual has a preferred style of learning, some prefer visual stimulation, others, auditory, still others a hands-on approach. Research has long borne outthat regardless of preference, the human-machine learns, develops, and masters a new skill by imitation, course correction, repetition, and sustained practice. This is how habits are formed and reinforced.
Habits Produce Results
Our actions and behaviors, repeated over and again form our habits. This is what we call auto-pilot meta-programs. These actions are performed unconsciously,constantly and consistently, and they are what produce our results. If you aren’t satisfied with your current results, new auto-pilot meta-programs must be built, installed, and run. Most of us are unaware of how many auto-pilot programs we each are running in the background, non-consciously. Most are also at a loss on how to build new, productive auto-pilot programs (habits).
What to Do
Conventional wisdom tells us we need to create new habits, and that it takes so many days to create those habits. Great volumes have been filled extolling which habitswe must adopt and adhere to reach the pinnacle of success. Knowing what to do is only one piece of the equation. We must also know how to do it. How, then, do we create these habits that produce the kind of results we are seeking? Gut it out for the prescribed number of days? What if you slip up half-way through the process? Does the clock start over? Is it the clock that creates the habit? What exactly is the process to build the kind of auto-pilot programs, the kind of habits that produce the very best results?
How to Do It
Think of how a newborn infant grows and develops into a toddler, then a pre-teen, teenager, and adult. We each go from a brand-new human-machine with zero programming, zero habits, and a clean slate to what we are today. We each started as an unconscious incompetent, unaware. As we mature and learn, we become a conscious incompetent, aware that we aren’t skilled. We embark on a path growth and development, and we become consciously competent, we must memorize and concentrate on performing a skill, (e.g., learning the multiplication tables). Finally, we master the skill and become an unconscious competent. We perform without having to think about it; we intuitively execute, (e.g., driving a car). A new auto-pilot program is built, installed and running. A new habit is formed.