“Habits are like financial capital – forming one today is an investment that will automatically give out returns for years to come.” Shawn Achor
As with anything in life we can have both positive and negative habits. Habits can have started as young as toddler age. Some may have been taught to us by those around us. Others have been soaked up by ‘osmosis.’ Energetically from birth we can pick up how our parents are feeling, even if they try not to let the children know things are not good or show their true feelings. Children can pick up on that energy. We all then as youngsters, develop habits of behaviour to protect ourselves, to be little perfectionists so that we don’t get judged and criticised, to learn ways that will keep us safe not only physically but also emotionally.
This is not a conscious behaviour. It is all part of the subconscious that makes up approximately 95% of who we are and how we behave, especially when under stress. If we are not aware of the habits we have, we can’t change them to be less reactive. Even if we can notice after we have reacted, that is a start. We can then make plans, we can learn new ways to reframe the way we look at our experiences. Like saving money when we are young, the sooner we start acknowledging that we want our habits to change, the sooner we can have different experiences for the rest of our lives.
Enjoy exchanging negative habits for habits that are empowering.