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Breaking an old habit

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lets say that for the past two days you manage to break a habit and knocked it out of your path to the curb.
Pretend that you are driving a police car. That old habit is standing on the curb waiting to try and cross in front of other drivers where it is against the law. But paying attention to what other drivers going your direction are doing is more important then paying attention to that bad habit. So keep your main focus on the road since 99 times out of 100 that old habit won't dare try to jaywalk in front of you; but, other drivers may need your attention.
Remember other important issues deserve your attention. Ignore that old habit and find other things to keep yourself busy. The prize is in the road ahead, not off to the side.
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Although you want to be perfect in not giving in to the old habit, consistency not perfection (even where additive habits are concerned) should be the immediate goal. So don't let any one or two slip up(s) get you down. Experts say it takes 21 days to form a new habit, but I say one or two days slipping up out of 21 days would qualify for being consistent. Once there, you can easily strive for more perfection if that is necessary.
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NELLJONES 3/27/2014 8:19AM

    I wish it only took a day or two. I have learned that it takes months to create a new habit, and about 2 minutes to go back to the old habit. I've been at goal for over 40 years and it still takes constant vigilance. The agony, though, is long gone, replaced by the faith that it works if I work it.

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LADYRH 3/27/2014 5:51AM

    emoticon for a good reminder for us all

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MICKEYH 3/26/2014 7:14PM

    I so agree with this blog and comment from every one below. We can get back on train anytime, especially when you are in the Spark Land. emoticon

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OLDEROWL 3/26/2014 7:02PM

    1CRAZYDOG, comment well taken. I change "perfection" to --more perfection, if that is necessary--. No one achieves perfection. I like your picture of us riding a train of good values to our final goal. In my view we may get off the train due to some life event, but there is always a train of goodness to catch when we want to get back on board.

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VONBLACKBIRD 3/26/2014 5:13PM

    They say it takes 20-30 days to make a habit so we need to invest that time into making good habits...not bad.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/26/2014 3:39PM

    the only question I would ask is do we really ever achieve perfection? Hmmm...I may develop a good behavior, and even maintain it till it becomes a habit, BUT (and isn't there always a bug BUTT!) I look on it as riding a train. You get on the train of good habits. Like any train, there are always stops on the way. Depending on the situation, we may bet off of that train out of necessity, or whatever the case may be. The point being, if we get off that train, we may be off for awhile, but we always have the opportunity to get back on and make progress to our destination.

Just a thought! HUGS

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