Kevin D Thompson – KASH - Habit Development

KASH - Habit Development

KASH - Habit Development

What is it?

KASH is an acronym for the process through which new knowledge is transformed into habit.

Why is it important?

Many people mistakenly believe that the acquisition of new knowledge is what makes them more competent in a given area. If this were the case all we would need to do is watch movies, listen to audio programs or read books in order to develop world-class talent and skill. KASH reveals to us why this does not happen without internalizing an application for the new knowledge and extended development of skill in using it successfully. KASH helps us gain significant benefits from our new knowledge.


Knowledge - new awareness

Application - recognition of value to us personally

Skill - investment of time, effort and money

Habit - payoff


Knowledge - the introduction of new information to our brain. We make immediate decisions about the new information and determine if it is to be discarded or kept in memory. If it is to be kept in memory it will be evaluated further.

Application - evaluation is made as to whether the new way of thinking, saying or doing has a useful application in our life. If the new information is believed to be beneficial, one usually makes at least some attempt to use the new way of thinking, saying or doing in situations where it makes sense.

Skill - if repeated attempts are made to apply the new way of thinking, saying or doing - then skill is developed. The better the application, and the more repetition, the better the skill will develop.

Habit - repeated use of the skill, usually marked by successful results when applying it, will eventually result in habitual use. At this point the skill is available without consciously thinking about it - it is a habit.


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