Every decision we make is training our brain. We are creating habits, reinforcing habits, or working to break habits with every choice. This isn't a bad thing, at least most of the time. The more automated our routine stuff can be the easier it is to focus on the things that truly need our attention.
Yet sometimes we fall into habits that don't support our true desires and goals. We get out of the habit of working out or getting enough sleep or whatever it may be. Perhaps that habit is reacting to the kids instead of responding. Perhaps it is getting in a routine that puts you in a rush to get to work. We all have some habits we created that we want to shift.
The thing is, changing a habit takes commitment and conscious attention. Thirty days is a good start but it isn't going to become a new HABIT until at least sixty days of continuous follow through. In fact, depending on how long we have held the current habit, it could take longer even.
I don't say this to be discouraging. I say this because today is National Train Your Brain Day and the whole thing about old dogs and new tricks, it's a bunch of bologna. Anyone can be taught if your are using the method that speaks to them. And any habit can be redirected and recreated into something healthier when needed. But we have to be committed and knowing the process can help remind us to stick it out for success.
I'm in training. Each day I do my best to make conscious choices. Some days that is more apparent than others and more successful than other days.
I'm grateful to realize the power of my choices. I'm grateful to recognize the days when I need to give myself grace and back off and the days I can push for making positive changes. I'm grateful to know change doesn't happen overnight so that I can mentally commit to the long run. I'm grateful for all the changes I have seen succeed. I'm grateful for the ones that I still struggle with that keep me humble. I'm grateful to practice gratitude and keep training my brain to see the positive.
What changes do you want to see? How many consecutive days have you committed to this change? How are you gaging your progress?
May today remind us to give ourselves grace for the missteps and celebrate the progress. May we always be committed to being in training and growing. Have a beautiful day!