As Charles Duhigg draws his very informative 2012 book The Power of Habit (ISBN 978-0-385-66974-0) to a conclusion he writes:
“Perhaps a sleep-walking murderer can plausibly argue he wasn’t aware of his habit, and so he doesn’t bear responsiblity for his crime. But almost all the other patterns that exist in most people’s lives — how we eat and sleep and talk to our kids, how we unthinkingly spend our time, attention, and money — those are habits that we know exist. And once you understand that habits can change, you have the freedom — and the responsibility — to remake them. Once you understand that habits can be rebuilt, the power of habit becomes easier to grasp, and the only option left is to get to work.”
Habits are really what we have fed to our subconscious to help us live our life easier and more safely at some very early stage of our lives and we simply continue to live them over and over forever or until some major event or upheaval or great insight shoves us into needing something different. How empowering it is to realize that we can change and make our lives different. But never does he pretend that this process is easy!
It is September. I love September and find it is a time when I make decisions to change some specific things in my life. This week is the week I am tidying things up and starting to make a schedule to incorporate activity, writing and play. What are you doing?
You also may want to consider attending the workshop and/or retreat I am offering within the next few weeks. Click on the links for more information.
Workshop: Managing Daily Life Challenges Sept 14th morning
Retreat: Moving Through Change weekend of Oct 20-21
Till next time,