A habit is done unconsciously and a ritual is performed with a purpose, with a meaning (you know why you do it), and is consciously repeated in the same precise manner every time it is done. Yes, it is similar to habits, but daily rituals are deliberately done. (FYI some of this post comes from www.michael d amos.com website).
WHY ARE DAILY RITUALS POWERFUL?
Rituals are process driven and can be quite effective for improving performance. They are a form of mental preparation and are meant to minimize stress before performance. Research in the field of sports psychology attests to the power of Performance Based Rituals. In fact, there are numerous studies that suggest that when rituals are used appropriately they can be a means to improve wellbeing because rituals enhance personal coping abilities.
RITUALS + PERFORMANCE
Rituals are done during and before engaging in a stressful task or an activity. Pre-Performance based rituals are rituals that are done before an event. They give individuals confidence and research shows that what makes a ritual powerful is the “‘power of belief”. The degree of belief in a ritual has been shown to influence stress coping behaviors and assist in giving a person confidence when dealing with unpredictable or challenging situations.
According to Michael I. Norton and Francesca Gino rituals are used as a means to:
– Help one regain a sense of personal control over themselves
– They are used to deal with fear of loss or to cope with failure
They suggest that when rituals are used appropriately they can be a means to improve wellbeing because rituals enhance personal coping abilities.
HOW TO DEVELOP RITUALS
+ Identify your habits (use a log to monitor your daily activities)
+ Identify things you want to stop doing because they don’t align with your goals
+ Identify why you do them and determine what triggers them
+ Replace the old habit with a new habit
+ Make the habit into a conscious thing you do daily (ensure it is something that is meant to boost your productivity, wellbeing, etc.)
+ Do it being mindful that you are doing it for the “purpose of”
+ When you have the urge to do the bad habit reinforce the good habit consciously “tell yourself why you are doing this good habit”
+ Make it into a ritual that you do frequently (daily, weekly, and mindfully)
REPEAT TILL YOU HAVE OVERCOME ALL YOUR BAD HABITS BY REPLACING THEM WITH NEW HABITS.
Norton, M. I., & Gino, F. (2013, February 11). Rituals Alleviate Grieving for Loved Ones, Lovers, and Lotteries. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0031772