By Catherine Pulsifer
The quote, "Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it", written by Horace Mann, is one that reminds us of habits we all have.
What habits are you weaving every day?
What are you weaving that will be difficult to break?
Doing something over and over again develops habits. Bad habits are those that you may have consciously or unconsciously engaged in over time and that lead to problems in relationships, work, and family. One of the bad habits that you can break if you so choose to is that of being a pessimist. A pessimist never sees what could be only that which can't be.
When you want to be a person who is a positive
person, you must first break the habit of always seeing things in the negative. One habit cannot be replaced in isolation so you must be able to turn your mind consciously to the positive whenever you feel yourself falling into the same old pessimistic trap.
Do not give up when trying to change a habit. It takes hard work, a conscious continuous effort and a dedicated soul to continue when times get tough. It is always easy to revert to a bad habit when things go wrong but this is when you must be the strongest. Learn to reframe those things that appear to be problems into those things that give you an opportunity instead.
For example, let us assume that you have the habit of seeing a problem as insurmountable and your usual or past behavior is to start to complain to everyone who will listen that you are hard done by and do not deserve what has happened. Obviously, this type of habit gets you nowhere except to get more and more frustrated and depressed. Instead, look at the problem clearly by defining completely what the problem is. Then, switch on a positive mind and look to see what solutions are available to solve the problem. What you are doing here is switching from a negative to a positive and now using your mind to solve a problem not stay stuck in it.
We can stay mired in our bad habits because it takes no effort whatsoever to keep them active. But, it takes effort, will power, and perseverance to change a habit to a better one. But, you should also bear in mind that you must not only be willing but completely committed to developing a new habit especially if you already have a bad habit that you desire desperately to change.
Look closely at your daily activities for part of the answer.
Do your habits support what you want to become, or do they form unnecessary roadblocks that prevent you from becoming what you want.
We can all choose the habits we want. They can be very productive, or they can be unproductive.
For example, what about the person who comes home every day and sits and watches TV until bedtime. Will watching TV develop habits that moves them closer to their goals?
Are you weaving good habits?
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken."
"Character is simply habit long continued."
"Habit is the deepest law of human nature."
"A habit is something that you develop to move you in the direction you want and most habits can be learned, broken or left as they are."
Byron Pulsifer, The Who In I
Hope and a wish won't change a habit, taking action will."
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