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Change for the Better  30.01.2007

Question: How many therapists does it take to change a light bulb?

Answer: Only one, but the light bulb has to really want to change.

Have you ever tried to change a long-standing habit? It is not easy, is it? Some examples of habits that people try and break free from include:

  • Smoking
  • Lying
  • Disorganisation
  • Poor time habits
  • Not consistently exercising
  • Eating fatty foods
  • Procrastination

The truth is people don’t change unless they really want to. And even if they have a good reason to change, they still don’t always make the changes they seek. Why is that?

a)      They are not disciplined enough to go through with it
b)      There is still a strong enough reason keeping the current habit
c)      The perception is it is too difficult to change
d)      They fail to maintain strong enough leverage

In the 19th Century, a Zen teacher moved into a new temple and noticed all the doorknobs were tarnished. He worked hard at shining them, restoring them to their original splendour. Most of them, with time, were beautifully restored. However, the front door remained an exception. Every Saturday morning, the Zen teacher would polish the door knob, and nothing seemed to happen for the first few months. One Saturday morning, the teacher noticed a tiny gold spark, and the progress from this point on was swift.

Making changes in our own lives can be very much like this. If we can maintain a small amount of effort over time, eventually we will change. Persistence conquers resistance! If you developed one better habit every 6 weeks, you would have 9 positive, sustainable new habits each year. Better habits increase effectiveness in life and enable you to start achieving amazing results. Decide now which new habit you are going to form this year.

"Ounces of discipline or tonnes of regret." Jim Rohn

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