We are creatures of habit. We adopt habits to make life easier because we can’t think through every situation anew. Our whole life is based on habits of perception, thought, action, and association. These grow together like a jigsaw puzzle, or like ivy growing on a trellis. It becomes difficult to change one thing without changing all the others.
If you’re looking for change, be open to making change broadly. The one thing that prevents improvement is attachment to those things you feel protect and reward you. These are the thoughts, recreations, and people you depend on. All of these relationships exert a force to keep you from changing. Your change might threaten everything around you. Be committed to a greater you.
Change requires courage. You are not heading toward what’s familiar and success is not assured. Learning involves making mistakes, cracking the shell, and seeing anew. These are just the things our habits were designed to prevent.
Change involves retraining, and the most important mechanisms are your mind, body, spirit, and the way your brain works. Reason, exercise, emotion, relationship, environment, inspiration, focus, attention, and basic executive function are all things that you can change. When you change for the better, all that you’re connected to will also change for the better.