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Can you change a habit of a lifetime?

Habit of a Lifetime

A Thursday Thought….on a FRIDAY?! Whatever next?!

A few weeks ago I was reading an article that said that it’s better to clean your teeth first thing in the morning, before you have had breakfast. I have been brought up to clean my teeth after breakfast and before bedtime, and so this is what I have been doing for the best part of 46 years (well, minus a bit on the basis that I wasn’t born with teeth!).

However, I could see the logic in cleaning your teeth first thing (it’s to do with the bacteria build up overnight, and evidently cleaning your teeth after breakfast can make for sensitive teeth, which is something I admit to suffering from) and so I thought I would switch over my routine.

You’d think it wouldn’t be that hard. After all, every morning without fail, I head into the bathroom for a shower, so it shouldn’t be that difficult to clean my teeth whilst I’m in there.

Except it is. Very difficult.

It is literally trying to break a habit of a lifetime.

A habit, it turns out, isn’t actually doing my teeth much good in the great scheme of things.

But even that knowledge isn’t helping to break that habit.

Try it and see – try and brush your teeth at a different time than you normally would. You may remember the first day or two, but after then it’s all too easy to slip back into the norm.

How many other habits do we have then that don’t serve us well, but we continue doing them because they’re safe and comfortable and we don’t have to think about them? We carry them out subconsciously.

When we change a habit, it feels strange and new, sometimes discomforting, sometimes disquieting. It shakes that area of our life up a bit and makes us very conscious of it again.

To change a habit into a new one we have to become conscious of it, and remain conscious of it until it becomes a new subconscious habit.

So no, Thursday Thought is not about to turn into a Friday Fink (!) but it feels strange to be writing this and setting it up to go out on a Friday. It may be enough to shake my mind up to look at other areas of my business where habits HAVE snuck in that may no longer be serving me well.

Over the weekend then, consider what habits and routines you have in your life and in your business that you could do with changing. Or which new habits and new routines do you need to bring IN to your life and business to make it healthier?

Don’t expect an easy ride though – nothing worth it in life ever came easily.

Just as cleaning your teeth at a new time is not easy.

Dedicated to your success,

Kim.

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