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People often get an impulse to start exercising when summer is around the corner. However, this is often short-lived and insufficient to sustain the new behaviour.
After doing a daily job has become a habit, which usually takes about 60 days, it is much easier to maintain the behaviour, how do you explain this using the octal analysis framework? “
Habit Building – Reply from Alexandre Lim
Alexandre Lim is a software engineer from France with a passion for the game. It addresses the question using eight basic engines:
People often focus on what they want to achieve; Results in a limited time frame. This is mostly based on Black Hat and external drives (CDs). They are CD8: avoidance, CD6: scarcity, and CD2: achievement. As a result, it either burns out, or stops due to a lack of urgency once the time frame is up.
It is useful to tap into CD8, CD6, and CD2 initially to create the urgency to initiate habit building. But to enrich experience and maintain behaviour, we must add the intrinsic core drivers CD3: empowerment, CD7: curiosity and CD5: social influence. A CD5 example would be having an accountability partner.
But I think the critical primary driver at play is actually CD4: ownership. By repeating an action every day, unconsciously, we create a new identity (CD4). We don’t want to lose this identity (CD8), so the habit continues. As part of our identity, it has become easier to maintain behavior.
For example, my identity revolves around being a badminton player. If I had to stop playing after 20 years of training, I would probably have an identity crisis.”
Habit Building – Reply from Bo Ullersted
Bo is a teacher from Denmark and a longtime member of Octalysis Prime with a consistent record of high quality responses. Here he relates PJ Fog’s behavioral model to Daniel Kahneman’s System 1 and System 2 with the question:
“It’s part of the B=MAP theory: When you become a habit, you automatically have a prompt — you remember that’s when you usually do that activity.
It also increases your ability to do work. For this reason, less motivation is needed to do this procedure. Yu-kai says that when something is a strong habit, motivation is required for it Not Do the work.
But why does our capacity increase when we build a habit? It’s about System 1 and 2, of “Thinking Fast and Slow”. When we do things that are not habits, we need to expend mental energy on activating our “logical brain,” System 2. But habits can be managed through our effective “intuitive brain,” System 1, which is our default mode. “
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