What does it take to change?

During a yoga class I took last September, the teacher said it takes 40 days to change a habit. It was an interesting idea—one that I thought about for an hour or so. Ten years ago, I would have made a list of all the habits I wanted to change right then and outlined a 40 day program with action plans and goals and boxes to check off. But these days, that approach feels compulsive and anxiety ridden. So, I avoid lists and goals and challenges, especially those with a number attached.

But maybe I need to rethink my philosophy on this kind of thing. Perhaps a place between mania and stasis can exist.

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~ by Clickity Clack on November 21, 2013.

2 Responses to “What does it take to change?”

  1. I find pleasure in making a list of things to do and even greater pleasure in crossing them off when the task is done. And even sometimes if I do something of relevance, I even add it to the list and then immediately cross it off. It seems to add balance and perhaps remove some guilt for the time idly spent watching young children play or perhaps birds fluttering around in their very busy worlds.

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