How are Habits Formed and 4 Steps to Build a Sustainable Mindset

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

Mary and Jarvis M&J sustainable habits

We are all familiar with the saying “You are what you eat” or “tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are” (the original quote from French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in his 1826 book “The Physiology of Taste”). It is one of these old quotes that stuck with us, in this case to define and explain on how to stay healthy or where to start to modify our diet. Eating consistently the same foods, the same set of macro- and micro-nutrients, put our body in a certain state.

By elevation, if you were to define oneself, the quote would be “we are, what actions we repeat”.

In conclusion, what we do consciously and unconsciously, our so-called habit, determined who we are as a person, eg if everyday you wake up at 6am, you can reasonably say that you are a morning person.

Why is it hard to shift from a bad habit to a better one?

Let's ask science. One word = neuroplasticity, or the way the brain reorganizes itself by forming new connections throughout life in response to experience. This process is most active during childhood for our development but as we grow older, our brain still create new connections between neural cells. Hence, you can really learn a new language at any age.