The Jim Fortin Podcast

EPISODE 5: “Why Your Bad Habits Are So Hard To Break”

March 20, 2019

The link above is a video training I did to help you reinforce the elements from the podcast episode. In the video training, I also teach you about how to communicate with your reptilian brain in order to get rid of a habit.

In today’s episode, you’ll learn why it has been so hard to break your bad habits. The reason why is that people try to use willpower to break bad habits and willpower is a conscious process and habits come from the reptilian brain. When you got up this morning you didn’t say “ok I’m going to get out of bed then go to the bathroom then shower”…. it happened automatically without conscious analytical thought. All of us go through life on autopilot and if you have what you do not want, you’ve created that on autopilot.
If you want to create new things in life, you’ve got to create new habits.

You’ll learn:

Transformational Takeaway

You are not your habits. You are not your urges. You are not your habit voice telling you to go into your habits. (That’s your reptilian brain talking) You are you and your brain runs your habits. You cannot change your habits by fighting them. You must communicate with reptilian brain and it becomes easy for you to break your habits. 

Intro

You're listening to episode number 5 of the transform your life from the inside out podcast, and in this episode, you're going to start learning why it is so damn hard to break your bad habits. So listen to this entire episode because you're going to learn why it's been so hard for you to break your bad habits. But also, you're going to learn how using willpower which many of you have tried to use using willpower actually works against you and makes it harder for you to break a bad habit. You're also going to learn about what I call the brain battle how your brain actually fights itself the front part of the brain, prefrontal cortex, thinking part of the brain, and The Reptilian part of the brain. They get into a brain battle they fight, and you lose the battle and stay in the bad habits. Keep listening. Hi, I'm Jim Fortin, and you're about to start transforming your life from the inside out with this podcast. I'm widely considered the leader in subconscious transformation, and I've coached superachievers all around the world for over 25 years here. You're going to find no rah-rah motivation and no hype because this podcast is a combination of brain science, transformational psychology and ancient wisdom all rolled into one to take your life to levels you have never thought possible. If you're wanting a lot more in life, to feel better, to heal, to have peace of mind, to feel powerful and alive, and to bring more abundance and prosperity into your life. Then this podcast is for you because you're going to start learning how to master your mind and evolve your Consciousness and when you do that, anything you want then becomes possible for you. I'm glad you're here.

Habits Are Habits for a Reason--Here's Why

All right. What I want you to get right off the bat is that everything that you do or do not do is a habit at the Max Planck Institute on Leipsic Germany big word there. I'm tripping over at the Max Planck Institute Leipsic Germany, one of the foremost research institutes in the world. I believe they have 43 Nobel prize-winning scientists contributing research there. They did a study, some research, back in 2008. I'm not going to go into it here. But what they discovered is that up to 95% of every decision that you make is already determined by the brain, even while you think you're consciously thinking through a decision, your brain has already made that decision for you, which means up to 95% of what you do on a daily basis and I will demonstrate this in a bit plain and simple is to have it. So the foundational place we're going to start in this podcast, and you hear people talking about habits all the time, you know, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in the seven habits of millionaires and all that we're going to go deeper in this podcast because I want to look at the mechanisms of habit because let's say for example that a book can say that, you know millionaires they have a habit of reading every single morning for 15 minutes. Well, suppose you have a more foundational habit of not being committed to doing things. In that case, there's no way you're going to be able to make that 15-minute habit because you're not even in the habit of having a different habit about commitment to follow through on reading 15 minutes a day. So foundation and where we start everything you have and don't have in your life is a habit and way of being, so the next step is to train and recondition yourself when you train. You recondition your habits. You will create entirely new outcomes in your life.

So I do want to segue here for a second. I had mentioned breaking your bad habits. I want you to understand that when it comes to The Reptilian part of the brain, which is the part of the brain that manages your habits when it comes to the reptilian part of the brain. There are no such thing things as bad habits. For example, you could say, well, smoking a cigarette is a bad habit. That is the analytical prefrontal cortex, thinking it's the executive part of the brain saying no, you should not smoke because that is bad for you. However, The Reptilian part of the brain does not distinguish between good habits are quote and bad habits. Those are simply thoughts attributed to the habit. Your brain just does what it does because habits are habits without any external value. Your brain reptilian part of the brain creates habits, and there are neither good habits nor bad habits, simply habits.

Now, let me show you for us, and we'll get more into this in just a bit. But let me show you how you Operate on autopilot all day long, which is a habit, and you're not even aware that you're doing it. Let's look at your morning ritual. Think back to this morning when you got up. I want you to look at the sequence of behavior that you did this morning. Did you get out of bed? Did you go make coffee? Did you go to the kitchen? Did you go to the bathroom first? Did you check your messages? What did you do this morning? And then what order did you do it in? Notice that now I also want you to notice what you did this morning in the order you did it in--most likely... I'm a betting person. So I'm going to say 99% chance you did yesterday morning and the morning before and the morning before and the week before and the month before and the year before, so your morning sequence demonstrates that for the most part, every single one of you you get in the habit and you work through habit not even knowing that you're doing it.

So, you know when you got up this morning, you did not say well. Okay, I'm going to get out of bed. But what am I going to do? First? Am I going to make coffee? Am I going to actually go to the bathroom? Am I going to start making some hot tea? Do I shower first? I brush my teeth first. What do I do in what order? No, it happened automatically with no conscious analytical thought, and that's what I want you to recognize about your life your entire life because research demonstrates, as I said earlier 95% of what you do is an unconscious brain-based habit. Most of us go through our life on autopilot will not most all of us go through our life on autopilot and habit, and let me show you another example here of how this plays out. I want you to think about the last time you pulled up to a stoplight. So you're driving along, and you see the light, and the light goes from literally from green to yellow. What do you do? Do you sit there? And do you think whoa, okay? What happened here? Wow, this whoa, what do I do? What does it mean? It just went from green to Yellow, do I? Do I stop, do I hit the brakes, the brakes do I run through the light, do I go fast? What do I do know what every one of you did with?

No analytical thought is that you stopped or you went bastard and run through it, but you stopped at the stoplight notice also that you were probably engaged in other activity. You're either listening to the radio, looking out the window, talking to the kids in the backseat, you're texting--which, by the way, is very unsafe--or you're doing something else. But notice when you stopped at that stoplight, there was no analytical conscious thought involved. You did it automatically unconsciously autopilot brain-based. Well, that's how you live your life and every bit of your life. If you have what you know you want, you've created that on automatic autopilot. If you have what you do not want, you have also created that on automatic brain-based autopilot. So it stands to reason, and it's obvious if you want to create new things in life. You don't get what you want. You actually get your habits. So you've heard me say some variation of this before in earlier episodes, but where you are right now with your money. Your health, your food, your relationships, your business wherever where you are right now is a reflection of your brain based unconscious habits, you know, let me give you an example here of how these work in the background like an app on your you know on your cell phone. You got apps running in the background, but no one ever says, hmmm. What apps do I have running a day? Well, the same thing with your habits are running in the background, but we never talk about them or think about them. And let me show you again how effortless leave it effortlessly. They happened when I moved to the current house that I live in, the last house that I lived in. I lived there for four years, and back then, I used to drink cold water ahead and refrigerator when I moved here. I switched to room temperature filtered water. Here's the thing and the last house anytime that I wanted water and I drank a gallon a day. I would go to the refrigerator and get water. Well, when I moved here, even though it a different house, different layout, everything for about literally the first month anytime that I wanted water. I would go to the refrigerator, and I'd be like, Oh, okay. That's right. I'm not drinking cold water anymore. Our habits are so ingrained that we don't even know that we're getting newer habits. And that's why your life is exactly what it is because of the ingrained habits you don't even know you're getting into.

You know one of the cultural misnomers and one of the things that mislead a lot of people is that the motivational speakers and the Rob people and all these people will say things like, you know, what you've got to believe you got to create a burning desire and when you believe it you will achieve it and all this other nonsense. I mean to some degree. Okay. Yeah, that could be true, and that's a whole different podcast episode, but overall, what we get into as human beings as we get in the self-deception, which I've alluded to before. Oh, yes, my left brain, my analytical brain believes. I can achieve that when in your unconscious paradigms in your habits, that is not true. So what I want you to understand at this point is that you will not, for the most part. You will not get your goals. You will not what you will get is your unconscious habits many times. Also, you will not get your beliefs. You will get your unconscious habits, and that is why it is so. By title, I mean monumentally vital that you understand, which we started with that 95% of what you do on daily basis habits. Everything is conditioning. Your entire life is a habit. And if you want to create new things, it comes down to plain and simple you must focus on not what you believe because many of us get in the self-deception what you must focus on is creating the habits that create the outcome that you want. All right, we did this a little bit in the last episode, but I'm going to do it again. And as you continue to listen to this podcast, you're going to become very familiar with this brain model is that there are three parts of the brain three predominant parts of the brain the newest part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, which is the executive thinking part of the brain. It's the part of your brain listening to me right now. I'm going, oh, okay. Yep. Yep. Yep. I get it. That makes sense. Then. There's the middle brain, the mammalian brain, the limbic system, the emotional part of the brain, and then there is The Reptilian part of the brain, which again is fight or flight or survival. This

Part of the brain is the part of the brain that houses your habits. It's not the prefrontal cortex. The thinking part of the brain. It is the survival, the Reptilian, part of the brain that houses and executes every single habit that you have. Now, this podcast is partly about why it's so hard to break your bad habits. And I don't know anyone for the most part because most people are never taught this. I don't know anyone for the most part that says, you know, what? Oh, yeah. It's easy to break a habit. I've had for a long time, as a matter of fact, most people have a story that it's really hard to break your bad habits. Let me show you why, as I said, your habits are maintained by The Reptilian part of the brain, the oldest part of the brain, and a habit is simply a habit. There are no good habits. There are no bad habits in your brain. The Reptilian part of the brain just does what it does, and it maintains your habits. The Reptilian Brain also works from the premise that every habit that you have is needed for survival. That's why it's so hard to break a habit because the reptilian part of the brain is working from whatever habits you have. I have to maintain those habits. Why because you need that habit for survival, then what happens is the prefrontal cortex, the thinking part of the brain.

Let's take smoking. For example, that part of the brain says no, you should not do that smoking is bad for you. So what happens is the prefrontal cortex thinking part of the brain thinks that smoking is a bad habit, but the reptilian older part of the brain doesn't know better good. It just knows habits, and it doesn't want to abolish any habits because it believes all your habits are needed for survival. So then what happens is you literally have two parts of your brain juxtaposed. You have one part of the brain saying, Hey, I want to eliminate this habit. You have another part of the brain saying nope. Nope. Nope. We are not eliminating that habit. Now you have set your brain up to work against itself. This is why it is so damn hard for people to change their habits because they don't know the mechanisms of habits we're digging into in this episode. Okay. So I think you're starting to recognize that any time that we say we want to create something different in life. We're thinking that psychologically which prefrontal cortex thinking part of the brain, but what we're really saying is that we want to change some habit and then what we do which is the wrong way or the least effective way that doesn't work is we try to create change with the thinking analytical prefrontal cortex part of the brain. It doesn't work because habits come from a different part of the brain, a reptilian part of the brain. Then what people do is they say something like, you know what, I'm going to use my willpower. I'm going to make this happen and look at your own life. Most times when you have tried to use willpower, you have failed because again, what you're doing is one part of the brain, the thinking part of the brain is Posturing, thinking analyzing, and saying I'm going to change XYZ habit The Reptilian part of the brain is saying no, you're not that habits needed for survival. Then we get into What's called the brain battle. I call it the brain battle. One part of the brain is battling with the other, then what happens is the analytical brain says, well, I'm going to fight harder because you know what? I'm fighting you, and you're making the habit even stronger. So I'm going to fight it even more, and I'm going to use my willpower, and in the end, what generally happens is you actually revert to your old habits again. The reason why is because willpower is also fixed finite resource willpower is like using the, you know, using your cell phone. If you have a charge beginning of the morning, you've got a full battery, but the more that you use it into the day, you've got no battery, and the same thing with will power the more of it you use, the more you deplete, the less you have the less you're able to use to facilitate behavioral change. Here's something that I want you to understand, and this will be a big aha for a lot of you is that once you get into the brain, the brain battle the thinking part of the brain arguing with The Reptilian part of the brain where the habit comes from which I'll get into in just a moment because part of having the habit as an urge, I'll go there in just a moment. But when you actually analytically start fighting the urge which comes from The Reptilian part of the brain, make no mistake the urge and The Reptilian part of the brain will always always always win because the urge is stronger than the analytical thought. So let that sink in. Let's take an example here. And this is one that I actually have in my habit training program is Diet Coke. I drank that garbage, and it is garbage, for many years, the artificial sweeteners in it, and I did read somewhere that for every soda you drank, it takes 13 glasses of water to cleanse your kidneys. That stuff is horrible. I don't know if it's true or not. But part of me does believe that there is something in that drink that is addictive. I drink it for a lot of years and using a process that actually I'm going to teach you not in this episode but in the video somewhere else and remind me are just want you to recognize right now that there will be a video link in the show notes where you can go watch a video on how to easily use what I'm telling you and what you're learning here to break your bad habits. Okay, but let's take diet coke, for example. I drink that crap for a lot of years. And analytically, I would say, you know what, you know, Jim, you shouldn't drink that. It's not good for you. It's bad for you blah blah blah many of you have been there with smoking and sugar different things. You do in your life Diet Cokes Etc. So nnalytically I would say, you know what? I need to stop drinking diet coke, and tomorrow I would be right back at the old habit again; and I was in the habit of having at least one Diet Coke a day after lunch, and my rationalization was, well, you know what? I don't drink coffee, and I do want the caffeine. So one Diet Coke a day is okay for me, but then when I decided that I wanted to stop the habit, what happened was is that I was in the habit meaning the brain-based habit, and a habit is just a habit of drinking it every day. So then what would happen is I'd get in the brain Battle of having the diet coke no don't have the Diet Coke have a Diet Coke. No, I don't have a Diet Coke, and then ultimately what would happen is I would collapse Into The Reptilian habit, and then I would have a Diet Coke then what I would do is I would say something like sees, you know, I can't break this habit. Anyway, it's got a hold on me. It's just a habit, man. This habit is really hard to kick, and that cycle went on for years. Until I learned what you're learning here, and you will learn in the video down in the show notes.
Let me explain a little more about that process and the neurology of it. I said a little earlier, see when you have a habit. What happens is the brain knows it's like an alarm clock. You set your alarm for 6:00 a.m. The alarm goes off. What happens is your brain knows that it's supposed to be The Reptilian part of the brain knows that it's supposed to get in the habit at a certain time. So what it does is it gives you the urge here's the place where a lot of people fail it gives you the urge to have the diet coke. Here's what most people do is they fight the urge now. So we've got a brain battle going. We got The Reptilian part of the brain with the urge in the urge gets stronger. We've got the analytical part of the brain saying no, no resist resist resist. You don't need it. You don't want it. It's not good for you. And this is where the battle starts what I want you to, and we also have a habit of voice here, which is happened voice comes from The Reptilian part of the brain.
And the Habit voice is saying, go ahead. Go ahead. You're going to fail. Anyway, go ahead and have that Diet Coke that I want you to get clear, and I know you've experienced it because you have a brain, and your brain does the same thing to my brain does is once the habitats time for it to happen. Like people will say things like every day at 3 o'clock. I smoke a cigarette, or I have a Diet Coke or whatever happens as The Reptilian Brain knows that needs to happen. Then the urge kicks in actually to push you into the habit and get into the brain battle. So I want you to see very very quickly here is that we do set ourselves up for a battle which you have probably done, and then we get into, you know, fighting the urge with the conscious voice, and we fail pretty much I would say about 95% of the time. Now, let me give you something here in this is literally I'm thinking through this whether or not I want to share this because it's going to make a lot of people mad, and that's okay. Alcoholics Anonymous, when I have looked up what are their success statistics? I have found anything from 50 to 70%. It depends upon what you read. I have found no definitive evidence on, you know, what based upon all the collective evidence here is the success rate of Alcoholics Anonymous. So I don't know but let me tell you when it comes to the brain how alcoholics anonymous is a broken brain model because it doesn't take into consideration how the brain works.
The way that Alcoholics Anonymous works are one of well one way but two choices on your left hand. You have a lifetime of drinking and all the bad things about it on your right hand. You have a lifetime of sobriety. So what is your left? You have drunk on your right, you have sobriety, and you are in the middle. And then what that does is that puts you up for a sea salt of a lifetime left-hand drink right hand not drink and here's where most people fail left hand. Thinking about not drinking is not as powerful as our left-hand drinking is not as powerful as right hand staying sober. So what happens is we get into the emotions people get into the emotions in the urges of drinking, and it pulls them right back into the habit again the failure of that. Model is that it sets you up or sets people up, and this is how people structure all their habits and sets people up to either Diet Coke or not. But you're in the middle like a seesaw, and you have to choose between the analytical thought in the urge, and it is a constant turmoil and battle for most people. Let me tell you the most powerful place to put yourself, and then we'll wrap this episode up when I stopped drinking diet coke. By the way, you will learn this in the video that's in the show notes where we went through this. When I stopped drinking diet coke, I removed myself from the model of either have Diet Coke or do not it's good for you or bad for you where I went psychologically is this and this is the most powerful place that we can work from today. I work from, and there's a whole there's a very, very simple but whole process in the video below where work from is that Diet Coke is not either-or for me. That's not where I work from where I work from is this diet coke for me is a thing of the past notice when I keep my attention their diet coke for me is the thing of the past no longer am I in that brain battle either-or state which I would lose over and over and over again a caveat here. I want to point out if you are actually smoking cigarettes or, you know, someone that's drinking way too much. I highly recommend a couple of books. They're called the easy way to stop smoking and the easy way to stop drinking by Alan Carr. I believe his last name is simply C A R R Alan Carr the easy way to stop smoking in the easy way to stop drinking. These books are very effective at removing people from Either or model and having them actually take the habit, disassociate from the habit, and making it a thing of the past for them. Like I've done with Diet Coke. Okay. I know in this episode we've talked about a whole lot of brain. Jargon and big words like prefrontal cortex and you know, the brain battle and all this kind of stuff and all these big brain all this big brain stuff. But let's keep this really simple. What I want you to do is go in the show notes and watch the video. It's about a 20-minute video where I actually will walk you through a process, and that process is the process that I used the exact process that I used to kick a 15-year Diet Coke habit and a matter of one day with no Cravings if I can do it you can do it. So your fundamental thought for today is this is you are not your habits.

Consider that you are not your habits. You are not your urges. You are not your habit voice telling you to go into the habits. See, what most people do is they think they are the Habit voice. They think that is them when it's really their Reptilian Brain talking. Do not personalize your habits. So, for example, a lot of people, when they fail less a drinking diet coke fail what they do is they personalize The Habit which is nothing more than a brain-based habit, and they say, see I told you I am weak. I don't have any willpower. I have no strength. I cannot do it, and they are simply actually personalizing and psychologically making it about them when it's nothing more than a habit. So your fundamental takeaway from this week. Is this you are you and your brain runs your habits you are. Not your habits. You predominantly cannot change your habits by fighting your habits. What you must do is you must communicate with the conscious analytical part of the mine. You must communicate with the part of the brain, The Reptilian part of the brain that sustains The Habit. When you do that, it becomes very, very easy for you to break your habits. Okay. So as I said a little earlier multiple times go Below in the show notes. There should be a video for you with a link to watch that will show you the exact steps to break any habit that you do not want already. So stay tuned and keep listening because in the next episode.

I'm going to be talking. We're going to go in a different direction. We're going actually to stop the brain stuff in the next episode, and we're going to talk about how you can live from your Highest Potential. I'm going to tell you right now you might already be thinking. Oh, okay. Well, I've heard this, and I've heard that know what you hear in the next episode. I promise you you have never heard before because living from your Highest Potential is an overrated buzzword in the industry. Most people have no clue what it means to live from your Highest Potential, and I'm going to actually start talking to you about how to live from your Highest Potential as a cosmic being. Living from your Highest Potential is an internal process. It's not like a lot of people think and external measurement of your ability. Okay, stay tuned and keep listening.

Conclusion

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EPISODE 5: “Why Your Bad Habits Are So Hard To Break”

March 20, 2019

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When you hear that question it catches most of us off guard. I mean, we’ve all grown up hearing about all the things that are bad for us. Too much alcohol leads to alcoholism, gambling can lead to an addiction, sex can be an addiction, and even exercising can be an addiction.

The twist in this episode is that yes of course addictions can be harmful but what if addictions could be good and helpful? If that was the case then what would be your best additions? What addictions would help you live a better life? What if you became addicted to those things? 

Let’s start here. Your brain is designed to create habits and habits can lead to addictions – both positive and negative ones. A part of the brain called the Basal Ganglia is responsible for creating and housing our brain-based unconscious habits and the point of this podcast is that given the fact that the brain creates addictions, then let’s use it to create healthy and good addictions. 

In this episode, I gently touch upon the brain and its creation of habits but what I want to get across in this episode is that your brain will and does create addictions so pick the most powerful ones that will serve you. 

Next, we often think of addictions as either chemical or behavioral but rarely do we think of addictions in terms of addictive thinking. 

SO…..what negative and counterproductive thinking are you addicted to? Worry, anger, doubt, fear, jealousy, envy…to name just a few. As thinking patterns can also become thought addiction patterns, do you sabotage yourself with addictive negative thinking? 

As I discuss in this episode, there is a way out of this negative cycle of addictive and counterproductive thinking and that way is operating from higher function of the mind which supersedes the brain. Mind and brain are not the same things. 

And, in this episode, I talk about how important it is for us to “Know Ourselves” as higher functioning beings of mind and spirit and not just the brain-based / habit bases “thinker.” When we operate from higher function of mind, it becomes a lot easier to manage brain-based behaviors that often keep us trapped. 

We talk about…

And, so, so much more.

We talked for an hour about many aspects of money and even if you don’t own an online business listen to this episode because the tax truth is that you should own some kind of business, no matter what it is.

If you’re wanting to make more money in whatever you do in life or to capitalize on an online business then give this episode a listen, you’ll love it!

Transformational Takeaway

To know yourself is to consciously choose your addictions.

You're listening to the Transform your Life from the Inside Out podcast. This episode is titled, what are your best addictions? Now the reality is, is that all of us have addictions. I mean, they're brain based, we all have addictions. But the question for you is, and we'll dig into it in the episode, what are your best addictions? Keep listening.

Hi, I'm Jim Fortin, and you're about to start Transforming Your Life. from the inside out with this podcast. I'm widely considered the leader in Subconscious Transformation. And I've coached super achievers all around the world for over 25 years. Here, you're going to find no rah rah motivation, and no hype. Because this podcast is a combination of Brain Science, Transformational Psychology, and Ancient Wisdom all rolled into one to take your life to levels, you've never thought possible. If you're wanting a lot more in life, to feel better, to heal, to have peace of mind, to feel powerful and alive, and to bring more abundance and prosperity into your life, then this podcast is for you. Because you're going to start learning how to master your mind and evolve your consciousness. And when you do that, anything you want then becomes possible for you. I'm glad you're here.

Okay, addictions, when we hear that, you know, we hear that word addictions or when you think about, well, you know, as I just said, what are your best addictions? When you hear that most of us think and I did for many years, that, oh, addictions are a very, very bad thing. And I do not want addictions. Because, you know, we grew up that way we hear about people, you know, we're kids, you know, Uncle Bob, and he's addicted to alcohol and Aunt Susan's is addicted to gambling, and, you know, all these things that people think they're addicted to. And we'll talk about it a little bit in this episode. But the reality is, is that your brain must create habits. It's a survival mechanism. And then these habits become for many of us addictions. And the reality is, I mean, look at your life, look at the world around you, that many of these addictions don't serve you. They don't serve us. I've been there before. And I know I mean, I've had, you know, I've not had, for example, you know, addiction to heroin or something like that. But there are things that I've been addicted to. And it can be everything from surfing the internet, it can be porn, for some people, they can be alcoholic, and be gambling.

And I want to talk about addictions of emotions in just a moment, because I really want to tie that to what are your best addictions, but you're full of addictions. And like I said, most of us think they're negative. But the reality is, it's that we need to choose, it's vital that we choose addictions that actually support us, and build us. Now, earlier in the episodes, I think it's probably Episode Three, four or five, I talk about habits. If you're new to the podcast, I tell everyone go back to the very beginning, and start there because everything kind of builds on, you know, on itself over time. And what a lot of us do is when we listen to podcasts, or different things, we only want the most recent episodes. And you know, the truth is, if you if you do that, you're going to get you know, great content and value. But you're really going to miss out if you don't go back to the beginning. But one of the earlier episodes is about, you know, habits, and how the brain forms habits and what habits are and what they're not, and all these kinds of things. So I'm not going to really go into it in this episode, go back and listen to that one.

But I got online a little bit earlier. And I just found this one little passage here. That basic lumens and read it to you. And it says neuroscientists have traced our habit making behaviors to a part of the brain called the Basal Ganglia, which also plays a key role in the development of emotions, memories and pattern ignition. Decisions, meanwhile, are made in a different part of the brain called the Prefrontal Cortex. Now that being said, I talked about that in many different audios here, different episodes podcast is that the prefrontal cortex is the thinking part of your brain. It's the part of your brain that's thinking right now about what you're hearing. But habits come from a different part of the brain. They come from the Reptilian part of the brain, which we'll get to in just a minute, the oldest part of the brain, something that I want to accentuate here and I talked about in my habit program, and I'm sure I mentioned in the podcast here is that your brain the reptilian part of the brain, the Basal Ganglia operate from operates from the premise That all habits that you have our survival mechanisms. Think about that for a moment address that is that all patterns that you have in your life, they're self serving behavioral patterns, because they're survival patterns, even though we analytically might not think they're survival patterns.

So let that soak in for a moment before I move on. Because when we listen to podcast or different things, we hear something, and we're like, oh, that's good. Boom, we're off to the next thought again, and we're not even paying attention to what we just, you know, learned a couple of minutes ago. So we have to work from that place, that every habit you have is a survival mechanism, habit based mechanism of some sort. And you could say, Well, Jim, that's just not true. Because for example, how is smoking something that kills you? How is that a survival mechanism? Well, that's your, that's your prefrontal cortex, the thinking part of your brain that says, No, that's bad. You know, they say on TV, that's bad, and all the ads and research, it's bad. But the reptilian part of the brain, all that it knows, it doesn't know good or bad. All the reptilian part of the brain knows is habits, which are things that we do with repetition, over and over and over again.

And the reptilian part of the brain, it cannot analyze, that is the job of the prefrontal cortex, the thinking part of the brain, and the reptilian part of the brain, the basal ganglia, it doesn't analyze it simply as literally, you know, this matter and these, you know, these, these synaptic responses in the brain and everything else and, and the, you know, the the biological, biological brain. But that part of the brain doesn't reason and doesn't analyze. And this is not just me making something up. I mean, go research it for yourself, and you'll, you'll discover that it's true. So, what happens is, the reptilian part of our brain creates habits that we deem as bad habits, but yet they become habits. And then what happens is, many of us fight our habits, and then wonder why we can break our habits. Anyway, go back and listen to the earlier episode on that, I think episode number five or so when I talk about habits, and I'll go into more detail there. I do tell people that we put our habits into a few categories that we call addictions.

And we put them into either chemical addictions, behavioral addictions, or mental addictions. That's what I want to talk about a little bit later on in this episode, is your mental addictions. So when you talk about chemical addictions, we're talking about alcohol, and we're talking about drugs, and things that literally, I'm careful how I say this, these things also cause chemical reactions in the brain. So what happens I'm not going to go into it here because it's, it's it's pretty long. It takes a lot you know, a while to explain it, is that when you create these synaptic responses in the brain and your neurons fire in the brain, what happens is these things buyer around things like drug or chemicals in the brain, which affect the brain, which heighten the addiction. And then we have behavioral addictions. And behavioral addictions would be things like nail biting, gambling, partially because it can be physical, and you know, behavioral, and psychological is sex. For example, this is why people become addicted to things like pornography.

And then we have mental addictions. And mental addictions are repetitive thoughts, over and over and over. Mental addictions are basically your habits of thinking. And all of these things, as I was just saying, I mean, it would take forever to come in and sort all this out. All these things become chemical as well, because things that you think affect the endocrine system, and they affect you know, the body and the communication of cells in the body. So we can have mental addictions, which can also become physical addictions. But again, let's keep this really simple and I want to talk about mental mental addictions in a minute, and mental addictions that keep you trapped. So I think we've already I have already laid the foundation that we're all addicted everyone is a addicted. But the next thing is is what are you addicted to? Okay, so mental addictions. And these are things that a lot of people don't recognize as addictions. They recognize they have the behavior and the thoughts and the feelings associated, but they don't recognize it as addictions.

And they can be things for example, are you a big time worrier. So addictions can be worry, anger, fear, shame, greed. There are people that are addicted to hate for chronic, you know, for crying out loud. There are different, you know, they're different psychological addictions. And I think the three biggest addictions that I see in people would be worry, and happiness and anger. I often mentioned my brother in law Don Xavier the shaman and somebody now I call him Don Javier, but somebody messaged me last week on Instagram, and said, Does he have a Facebook page or something? No, he's a real shaman shamans are shamans are literally not anywhere in the masses. And a real shaman. That is, I mean, you would never find the shaman, for example, the Amazon who's a shaman coming up and saying, you know, I want to move to New York because I want to, I want to create an Instagram following or no, it doesn't happen that way.

There's some guy on YouTube that calls himself Don Xavier, I've never looked, I don't know who it is, has nothing to do with me. But I want to point out that's not the Don Xavier that I'm talking about. It's my brother in law, his name is Xavier Don is a as a sign of respect. So he's called Don Xavier, as a Shaman, a Sorcerer a Babalau, a Nagual. I was on family vacation with him one time, an extended family, you know, was there and somebody was on that trip, who tended to be angry very often. And he would this is probably because he stays up late, Don Xavier didn't even really start talking air quote, until I mean, meaning talking meetings, and parting wisdom and guidance and all this kind of stuff to really the wee hours of the morning. I mean, it's very usual for me to be with him as I was last night, until, you know, 4 or 5 6 7 8 o'clock in the morning, starting from the night before. But he was sitting talking to somebody. And she was getting in there, her anger about certain things and the way people were being and her expectations and all of this. And he said to her, he goes, you are in your anger. And you get in your anger a lot.

And she said, and I like her. I mean, I've always liked her. She said in the very sweet voice. Now I'm not angry. And even in her tone of voice, there was a not a self denial, but it's a lack of self realization and, and an ability to see herself and that many of us would experience her as angry, quite often, often. But if you ask her, are you an angry person? She would say no, I'm not an angry person at all. And what Don Javier said to her was, is that yes, you are angry, and you're angry quite often. But yet the anger has become a habit for you. And because it's become a habit, you get into your anger, number one, not knowing that you're doing it. And secondly, not even recognizing when you are in anger, because you're in the habit of being in anger. So think about that.

So, that goes back to you again, what things because I want to my intention is to give you some guidance to pull you out of these things with this episode. What things do you get into in terms of thoughts? That are self destructive patterns? And mainly, let's go back to worry, and unhappiness and anger? And let's add one more Fear. So look at that for a moment. And do you spend your life in fear? Do you spend your life worrying? Do you spend your life in unhappiness? Do you spend your life in anger? One caveat, and there's kind of a loop here that I really don't want to take a lot of time going into this episode. I do want to, to separate here that some people can be unhappy because they have let's say, for example, what would be you know, called clinical depression, which is a chemical imbalance to some degree in the brain, or chemicals in the brain. But what I also want to point out is that many years and so Okay, so people will say Well, I can't be happy because I have, you know, I'm clinically depressed. I'm on medication. And the psychologist said, so.

I get that. I understand that. Yes, it is real. What I want to point out is I also understand that firsthand experience. After college, I had, I had what would be diagnosed, most likely as clinical depression, coupled with panic and anxiety attacks. Oh, boy, you want to talk about a mess. I mean, I was literally between, and I never really contemplated suicide. I mean, I would be too chicken to do that. And it's not why I came to the planet to leave the planet on my own volition, and that kind of way. But I can't say that I really enjoyed living life at all, it was that bad. And my days were humdrum. And I would drag through my days. And then on top of that, I had panic attacks on top of that, and I had anxiety attacks on top of that. And then I would have anxiety attacks, about having panic attacks. I mean, it was a meltdown. I wasn't the hot mess. I mean, I was a volcano. That hot. And when it comes to a hot mess, and this was 1988.

I lived on the beach, and sell on South Padre Island, Texas, which is pretty much where I grew up South Texas, near Mexico, I managed the T shirt shop, and I really didn't have a lot of money, I didn't make that much. And I had I was trapped in life because I had no money to get out of the cycle that I was in at that point, because I didn't know all the things that I'm sharing with you on this podcast. And it took me about a year to get out of that air, quote, depression. Now what I'm sharing with you is I had it bad. I mean, I really had bad, bad depression. Now tell you that because some of you might be experiencing that. And I didn't have drugs, I didn't have a psychologist, I didn't have a psychiatrist. I didn't go to a doctor, because I couldn't afford it. And I didn't have health insurance. And I came out of the depression and maybe 8 9 10 months, maybe a year, I don't remember. And what I've recognized in my maturing and in my age over the years, is that this is going to be controversial to some people.

But when we're experiencing something like that, and we can say, well, Jim there was chemical reaction in the brain, there is something creating that subconsciously, think about that. There's something creating that subconsciously. And when we come to explore ourselves, and know ourselves, which is where I'm going in this episode, when we come to explore ourselves and know ourselves, that's when we have power and influence over things that happen like addictions, which we don't know how to air quote, control, or stop and they go on, you know, for many people for years, let me shift gears there. Okay, so in shifting the gears, I want to postulate something to you a new way to think about something. And I want to share this phrase that Don Xavier said to me many years ago, and that phrase is that human beings are the highest technology on the planet, consider that you are the highest technology on the planet. Now my more analytical listeners will run and they will look up the definition of technology. And they will say, oh, Jim, you know, technology is, you know, the application of some scientific so and so to an outcome or whatever. And I understand that because we tend to think of technology in terms of artificial intelligence, and robots and computer, all these things in the hospitals. And that's what we think of as technology. But what if you thought of yourself as technology?

And let me share something here, think about this for a moment. Consider this. Do you know how to make your hair grow? Consider that, do you? Let me give you a good one here. Let's say that you have a really salty meal, and you're hungry, you eat the meal, but do you know how to separate I mean consciously Could you put down pen and paper and tell me how to separate the salt out of that food and your system so that you don't overload your system with too much salt or whatever? What about you know distilling alcohol or drinking alcohol your body your liver knows how to distill alcohol when you consume it. The question is, is do you? Meaning you listening right now analytically? Do you know how to make your hair grow? Do you know how to make your you know your heart, pump blood do You know how to breathe? Do you know how to you know, distill the chemicals in your food when you eat it and then send it where it needs to go in the body? All these things that I mentioned, well, guess what, there's a part of your brain that can do this. Okay?

There's a part of your brain that does this, directed also, by now, this is going to be a little, you know, for some people, but your higher mind, I mean, you have innate intelligence running through you. That's why, for example, you can plant a potato. And you don't need to plant an instruction manual when you plant you know, potatoes saying, Okay, Mr. Potato, here's how you grow into a potato, or carrots. There's an innate wisdom in the world we live in, and the universe, but these innate wisdom is also in your body. So what I want to point out, is that what we as humans do, is we let the oldest part of us meaning the reptilian part of the brain, the basal ganglia, we let the oldest part of us control the highest part of us, which is higher function of the mind. And this is exactly what keeps us into addictions is that we allow the addictions that hurt us, that kill us, that make us unhappy, and everything else is that we allow these addictions in our life, when they come from the lowest function of our being, to destroy and override the whole of our being.

Because our addictions, our addictions, control the wholeness of you, because the wholeness of you is contained within that physical bag that you walk around in calling you which is not you. So hopefully, you get that is that if you're in any kind of addiction, that's self destruct ever doesn't work for you. It is because it's because you are and you didn't know till now. But you have been allowing the lower part of you the lower function of you to control the higher function, the higher essence, the higher being of you, MIT in 2012 tons. And there's been tons of brain research, you know, research last couple of years. But there was something just one line, I looked at some research A while back, and that one line said, MIT can't talk today, MIT neuroscientists identify a brain region that can switch between new and old habits. Think about that, let that soak in, is because for many years, scientists thought oh, you know, a habit. I mean, you can't choose the habit. And then some more brain research coming back up several years ago, like 2012, at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, demonstrated that yes, your brain does go into habit mode and make your decisions for you unknown to your consciousness. What happens is a brain makes your decisions and then you think about your decisions. But here's what the brain right, here's what what research recognized is, even though we automatically go into habits, we have the power to consciously start or stop a habit a few seconds before we engage in the habit, which means you have free will, and you have choice.

People that actually have not done enough research on this will say all that science research shows we have no free will as human beings because the brain makes our decision decisions for us. And then they'll go into Well, if I have no free will, I can't choose my habits, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. And what science demonstrates is that your brain does make the habit, but you have the free will to read assign a habit before you go into it a couple of seconds before you engage, and the loop of getting into a habit. What does all this mean to you? And why am I sharing all this with you is what we want to do is let's go back to the premise that I gave you or that what I said earlier, you're the highest technology on the planet. We me you all of us were the highest technology on the planet. That being said, You You have the power to choose what your brain does. You know before you go into the habit, you have the power to choose.

And what we want to choose is we want to choose habits that are our best possible habits, habits that can actually work for us habits that can actually serve us and build us and create a, you know, a happy, healthy life. So this is why, you know, I asked in the introduction, what are your best addictions? Because you know, from this episode and maybe listening to me before perhaps reading other things, your brain is going to create habits. And these habits become addictions, and you're going to have Make no mistake, every single person on the planet is going to have addictions. So ask yourself, what addictions would serve me well, at this point in time, and my life, you can also go back to the last episode on authority and listen to that, again, because that's kind of what I'm talking about here is you were born, it's so funny is that your body and your brains and your body is a finite being it's a finite structure, it's a finite shell, you were somewhere before you got to the planet, which means you were infinite. And so it's interesting that an infinite energy incarnates into a finite energy, and lets the finite energy control the infinite energy. And if you're stuck in habits that are self destructive, been there done that. That's exactly exactly exactly what you are allowing and choosing to do.

And now you can be thinking, Okay, Jim, I get it, I'm on board, what do I do? Well, what you do, what you do is you evolve is that you have to evolve into higher function of your mind. And yourself. And your body is not yourself, your body is the shell that you're walking around in and living in and existing in. You are that infinite being that travels from body to body to body. And what's important is that we focus and that's why without telling you guys, a while back, I did an episode on people making money, their master. When we attached to things in this 3D world, we literally are bound by that. And we actually shut off our higher awareness and higher function. There's a phrase that Don Xavier said to me many years ago, and that phrase is that the calm and meeting men or women or person, but I'm going to use men, because that's the way it was said to me.

He said, the common man is hooked to other men, the warrior is hooked to infinity. Think about that. Because I mean, the spiritual part of you that energy, that essence, that soul energy, that higher self, that luminous body, is, it's attached to infinity. So what we have to do, is we need to, I'm just, I'm just telling you, what we have to do speaking for myself, and then take what you want, is we have to let go of our attachments. It doesn't mean that we don't have them in our possession, or we enjoy them. But we have to let go of our attachments to the world that we live in. Because people literally in the world we live in by by media, and the product of that Company, and the Rolex company, and all these companies and Doritos and all these companies, they want you addicted to their products. Why? Because you buy their products. It's all money. It's all it's all superficial. It's all not soulful.

Now, of course, I want you to have these things. I want you to enjoy your life, I want you to be comfortable. But yet to live, your comfort at the expense of the growth of the soulful part of you is not very wise. Think about that. So what many people do is they give up their power to the well they give it up to the illusion. Many people think the almighty dollar dollar for an example, as an example, is going to give them safety and security. Nothing is going to give you safety and security on this particular planet. You can get smacked by a bus tomorrow your plane can crash you know you can get a disease, you can get an illness, you can fall off a ledge. There's no security in this lifetime. None. None, None. None. There's no security but people have this illusion of if I have money, oh, that I'm going to have security. But that were true then how can people that are very, very wealthy aren't secure from leaving the planet, there is no security. So people trade the higher function of their being and their self for the lower function which keeps them in the addictions and keeps them trapped for a lifetime.

They're trading their soul energy for their physical energy, which, again, is, is finite. So there's a couple of phrases that I love. And we'll wrap up here to give you guys some guidance here is, I love this phrase. And many of you have probably heard the phrase, it's that be in this world, but not of this world. And that's how I strive to seek my you know, that's how I strive to live my life is that I'm in this world just like you I'm in, I'm doing this podcast, I'm in this world. But many years ago, I used to tie in to this world because I thought people would see me as successful if I had the homes and the cars and the money and all that. You know what? I never had all that stuff many years ago. And I chased it. And I attached to it. And now that I have all that stuff, it means nothing other than a tool of convenience and a tool of joy or fun, or, you know, having a warm place to sleep or a warm a warm shower. But you know what, it doesn't define the essence of me. And some of you guys are wanting, I understand I've been there you've you're wanting practical steps.

Okay, Jim, well, how do I move to the higher part of me so I can actually now dominate and manage the addictions and lower part of me, maybe a great addiction to have is the addiction and to not self growth, because self growth, growth for many people is growing the 3d ego and our money and no, well, let me improve my personality, and you know, how to win friends and influence people and all this stuff. Yes, that all helps. But if you want to be addicted to anything, which I tell people, you want to know your purpose, because people always run around. Here's your purpose. What's my purpose? What's my purpose, relative to the 3d ego. If you want to live your purpose, what you do is your purpose is to evolve. Your purpose is to evolve on this planet. That's it. That's it, that is living your purpose. And a Rumi quote, that I wrote down a bit ago that Rumi quote is, and when you get this it's like whammo upside the head. The Rumi quote is the universe is not outside of you. Everything you want, you already have. Think about that. The universe is not outside of you. Everything that you want, you already have.

Why? Because it was inborn. You look, for example, a lot of baby That's born, no one has to teach a baby how to smile, and how to laugh, why nobody has to teach a baby, how to be happy when they're smiling and laughing before they even have the cognition or this reroll ability to even know what happy is why it's a factory setting, so to speak. When I say factory, you came to the planet with it. It's a factory setting. So living from your higher self and into that place, it's a factory setting. And most of us erase the setting when we get here. Because what happens is the world that our parents in socialization traps us in the world of money and identity and ego and power and greed and security and all these things. The By the way, as I said to be repetitive, it's great. You want four jets, that's fine, not great for the environment. But that's, that's fine. It's your deal. You want a Ferrari, that's fine, you want a Rolex, that's fine. Don't care. You want a $10 million home great enjoy it, you know, enjoy the house, but the reality do not attached to it. And let it you know, define you because it will distract you from knowing yourself.

Because most of us once we have those things, we define ourselves by those things, yet we are not those things because we're infinite. And those things are finite, every year at on New Year's Eve, my family with Don Javier gathers. And every year he says the same thing to me. One line, one line, he says, I hope you come to know yourself better this year than you did last year. Think about that. I hope you come to know yourself better this year than you did last year. So what's your transformational takeaway? And it's a journey. It's a path it's not like oh, you know, snap your fingers shazam here it is, you know, while opposing by saying you know, wave the magic wand right in front of you. And it can be for it's a path I'm in it's I've been on this path for a lot of years. And where we want to go is To Know yourself, when you know yourself, you can then go back to the very beginning of this podcast. You can consciously choose the best addictions for you. When you know yourself, you can consciously consciously choose the best addictions for you. And then make sure those addictions are addictions that serve you, and that build you and help you grow. So that you can maintain a state of well being, and you can be a leader and you can assist other people on the planet. Okay, that wraps up this episode. Thank you for listening. Like I said, if you're new here, I appreciate it very, very much. I'm grateful that you're here. Please share. If you find value in these episodes, please share on social media. And get back to the beginning and start listening again. Okay, I'll catch you over on another episode. Bye bye.

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