Stuck in a rut? Open your mind.

Progress means change. Change means breaking a
current habit. Every habit I have exists because I
decided something was best for me. Once I got started
and repeated it a few times I got comfortable with it,
didn’t even think about it, just did it.

I have habits now that were formed in childhood.
Started for some reason I can’t remember. Whatever
the reason, I’m sure it was important to a thirteen year
old.

Some habits are formed because somebody important
told me to. Mom and dad insisted I eat heavy meals each
day. A school teacher told me to speak in a louder voice.
Friends made fun of the way I dressed or combed my
hair. All well meaning but not necessarily good for me
now.

Some habits are hard to break. I started smoking at age
fifteen because I wanted to look grown up. At first it was
obvious that my body didn’t want me inhaling that
smoke. Coughing, nausea, bad taste in my mouth. I
overcame all that and succeeded in looking like a fifteen
year old trying to look mature.

Later in life I struggled with cigarettes for years before
I finally quit. That’s because I felt I was giving up
something wonderful. Denying myself real pleasure.
Kept rewarding myself with a cigarette when I thought
I deserved it.

I didn’t really quit until I finally decided I was a slave
to a dirty, unhealthy habit and became embarrassed
by being too weak to handle a simple problem. I was
ashamed of sneaking cigarettes and lying to the kids
about it. Smoking became pain, not pleasure.

After I got my mind in the right place quitting was easy.
I didn’t need gum, candy or some other replacement
habit. I felt so much better physically and mentally that
I relaxed about it. Knew I would never go back to
smoking.

Once again the mind is the key. One goal of mine is to
be a full time writer. I found out it is easier said than
done. I looked at why I wasn’t getting there and
discovered my habits were wrong. I was spending so
much time reading emails, looking at statistics and
studying how to write I was too tired to actually do it.
Now I write first every day and am doing much better.

My habits affect everything. Business, personal, the
whole lot. Success in changing any of them is a three
step process.

One: Accept that if I keep doing what I’m doing I’ll keep
getting the same results.

Two: Get a handle on what needs to change and how
to accomplish it.

Three: Start now. Some day isn’t a plan.

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