How often do we change our routines? How often are we aware of our routines? The mundane tasks, thoughts and even complex movements we do without conscious awareness are scattered throughout the day. We may know on some level that everyday is a new day to create something new, but with old outdated habits and routines we become robotic and our personality becomes stagnant.
Think of brushing your teeth for example. Typically we mindlessly go through the routine we are so comfortable doing which can be very similar to our situational reactions and ways of describing our daily experiences. Someone politely asks, How are you doing? We may respond, I’m good, I’m tired or I’m stressed. But do these answers truly represent our current state of being? Maybe so, but many of these routine answers we use as a subconscious way of keeping us in a state of familiarity which can continue to shape our personal reality.
Now just imagine brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand or with your dominant hand but moving slowly in the opposite way you routinely move the brush around your mouth. By reviewing the simplest things we automatically say, think or do without question, we get a sense of the subconscious operating system we have built over our lives. This operating system is represented in the brain and can be seen with the neurons creating distinct pathways. From this place we can identify whats holding us back and where we can put more of our energy.
Just as learning new languages, musical instruments or new styles of movement and dance are all great for rewiring the brain, choosing new ways of speaking and thinking begin to reshape our personal reality and how we see and experience things. They have very beneficial outcomes and consequently the more we do something new, the more familiar it becomes and the stronger the connections become in the brain.
So I invite you to challenge your routines by consciously choosing the awkward way of doing things. We are so conditioned to take action in a specific way that we may even have withdrawal symptoms when we begin new ways of action, so take a deep breath and lean into the new. Trust yourself even if the new way does not seem right and remind yourself that the more you do it the more familiar it becomes redefining the new and potentially upgraded states of normal.
Habits for living part 1