(Lesson 10):-- Creating a Chain Reaction of Good Habits Using the “Domino Effect”
What is the Domino effect?
This states that when you make a change to a particular behavior, this will activate a kind of chain reaction and cause a progressive shift in related behaviors.
This is because; human behaviors are often tied to one another. Let us consider the case of a woman named Amanda. For twenty three years during her adult age, starting from the period she left secondary school extending to her 40s, Amanda never remember to make her bed except when guest or her mother dropped by suddenly without her notice.
But at a point, she decided to practice seemingly trivial feet by managing to make her bed four times in a row. Amazingly, on the morning of that fourth day, she manages to pick some stockings and arrange certain cloths on the wardrobe.
Surprisingly for her, she find herself next to the kitchen pulling the dirty things from where it was to the dish washers, then reorganizing the shelves and putting up a waste paper basket by the side of the kitchen corner.
After recognizing how amazing she did have become, she explained as thus: “This bed-making behavior seems to have set up a chain of small household tasks… now, I felt like a grown-up—a happy, legit grown-up with a made bed, a clean sink, and a de-cluttered shelves. I felt like a woman who had miraculously pulled herself up from the energy-sucking Bermuda Triangle of Household Chaos.”
Amanda was experiencing the Domino effect without noticing it.
THE DOMINO EFFECT
The Domino effect as stipulated above said that; when you make a change to a particular behavior this will activate a kind of chain reaction and cause a progressive shift in related behaviors.
This is as depicted by the image above when the falling wood slides on the first which made it simple for shift in slide that affected every wood to collapse on top one another.
According to research at Northwestern University; when people reduce the leisure spent in watching too much television they go ahead to reduce fat even though they were not advised to reduce their fat intakes.
This is because; spending more time relaxing and watching television results in constant eating of junks to keep the sedentary lifestyle succulent and pleasurable thereby consuming more fat.
But their nutrition habits will increase hence they spend less time watching television which results in this excessive consumption of fats. One habit led to another, one domino knocked down the next.
Similar effect may be noticed in your own life. As a person, if I decide to walk out routinely as planned, I end up given myself that healthier body which will results in better sleep and agility at my place of work, even though I never made it as a plan to improve in either behavior.
These Domino effects holds for negative habits too. There are people who have formed this habit of checking their phone every 20 minutes for social media, which results in spending more time as should be, thereby increasing the effect of procrastination.
Our behaviors are interconnected so; you cannot just change one behavior. As soon as you change one behavior, other behaviors also shift.
TWO REASONS DOMINO EFFECT OCCURS
FIRST: -- Regardless of the plan you make, you should know that the inherent relatedness of things is a core reason why choices in one area of life can lead to surprising results in other areas.
Remember, many habits and routines which make up our daily lives are related to one another so, there is an astounding interconnectedness between the systems of life, and human behavior is no exception.
SECOND: -- The domino effect capitalizes on one of the core principles of human behavior which is: COMMITMENT AND CONSISTENCY.
The real explanation is that, when people are committed to an idea or goal, even if it is in a very small way, they are more likely to honor such commitment because they are now seeing that idea or goal as aligned to their envisaged life image.
Taking ourselves back to the story from the beginning of this article, once Amanda began making her bed each day she was making a small commitment to the idea of, “I am the type of person who maintains a clean and organized home.” After a few days, she began to commit to this new self-image in other areas of her home.
No doubt about this being an interesting byproduct of the Domino Effect. It not only creates series of new behaviors, but often a shift in personal beliefs as well. As each tiny domino falls, you start believing new things about yourself and building identity-based habits.
The Three Rules Of The Domino Effect:
The Domino effect is not just a default that happens to you, but something you can create for yourself. This is within your power to spark a chain reaction of good habits by building new behaviors that naturally lead to the next successful action as you progress in life.
And here are the three keys to making this work in your life. Which are the three rules of Domino effect:
1. There is the need to start from the simple things you like to do. Start with a small behavior and do it consistently, as this will not only make you feel satisfy but will encourage you see that you are progressing towards being the person you want to be. Remember, it does not matter which domino falls first, as long as one falls, others follows.
2. The momentum of finishing one task should be able to propel you to starting the next. That is; maintain momentum. Because, with each repetition, you will eventually become more committed to your new image already formed.
3. Learn how to break things into chunks whenever you are in doubt. Try to make your new habits small and manageable as you form them. This is because; the Domino effect is all about progress not results. You should learn how to simply maintain the momentum. Let the process repeat as one domino automatically knocks down the next.
Your habit should be able to lead to the next behavior and when one habit fails to lead to next behavior it means the behavior do not adhere to these rules. So, there are many strategies to getting Dominoes fall, focus on the behavior that gets you more excited and let it cascade throughout your lifestyle.
No doubt, with these ideas, you should be well engaged to make change in your life and stick to healthier habitual and moral lifestyle for the long term.
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