Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Habitually trying to change my habits

A wise woman once told me that it takes two weeks for your brain to accept new behavior. The real problem is that it takes way longer for the brain to un-learn the old. Old habits die hard, they come back unbidden, they flick the new habit on the nose and send it retreating to the corner. Oh, cruel habits! (not to be confused with cruel Hobbittses) And that old behavior is so ingrained that you don't even notice it at first!

Old habits can not be ignored. It takes a concentrated effort to push them down, step on their neck, and keep the pressure up until they are no longer moving. Then keep stepping a little more just to make sure the habit isn't faking it. Cause they will totally do that. At long last, when your leg is quivering from the effort and you think you've won, wait... just a little bit more... there! Done. Old habit dead. Phew! But watch your back. Old habits, like Alexander Godunov in "Die Hard", have a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it. Be vigilant. Be persistent. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some old behaviour to un-learn.

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