Back in 2017 I read Gretchen Rubin’s book, “The Four Tendencies” and discovered that I was a “rebel.” So much of my life, especially when I was a child, came into focus. “The Four Tendencies,” holds that how we respond to expectations gives us a framework within how to shape our behavior and responses and in turn make our lives better which will in turn again, make the lives of those around us better.
A rebel, according to Gretchen’s definition resists both inner and outer expectations. Essentially, you can’t make me do something and neither can I. As a result, I have been on a quest to, as I like to call it “hack my brain” in order to be the person that I would like to be and get done what I need to get done.
Recently I removed the internet browser app from my phone, I am an information junkie and for the life of me I could not stop googling every whim or thought that came into my head. Now, maybe the “adult” thing to have done would have been to limit when I would go into the app and to keep the phone out of my bedroom like all the good articles online say. But, knowing my tendency, that wouldn’t work, so removing the app completely off of my phone is the only way for me to hack my brain into getting rid of that dopamine hit of information always at the ready.
And what do you know, two days ago I received The Think Clearly newsletter that is essentially on the very brain hack that I just implemented. Mathias Jakobsen, a Danish internet entrepreneur regularly releases these great visuals that illustrate simple yet profound truths. I have included the visual that he released in the newsletter: how to break an undesired habit – introduce an obstacle that curbs the reward.
My trigger was boredom or a random thought which would turn into the action of “I should check my phone.” I admit that I didn’t create a 35-digit passcode, that would have driven me insane and not been helpful in the long run but I removed the app entirely thereby creating a new obstacle-NO access.
My question for you is, how do you hack your brain? Do you have hacks that you would be willing to share? I am always up for learning new ones! Do you have steps in place to assist you in accomplishing your goals whether they be personal goals or career goals or the like?