Posted by Meriel Swain on (comments: 0)
Again and again and again
Again, again, again! The sound of a small child begging a parent to repeat the exercise. Probably something exciting like a swing, a slide, or the bumps.
I want to pick up from my last blog which was about behaviour and the concept of positive intention. From an early age, children learn by mirroring the behaviour of those around them. We don't intend to pass on unhelpful behaviours, but sometimes we do.
But that's not my point today. What I want to talk about is repetitive behaviours. There is a positive intention of repeating a behaviour pattern, and it's called Habit. Sometimes they are helpful. And sometimes not.
Isn't it amazing though how hard it is to break them? Or how unwilling we are to change them? OMG, how many times have you heard someone defend a poor outcome with the words 'well, we've always done it this way'.
If I always eat chocolate, I shall keep getting fatter! If I always interrupt people, I'll never get the full story. If I always assume the worst, I'll never experience the best. And so on and so on.
So, if you want a different outcome, then do something different. Einstein defined Insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Yup.
You may or may not know whether you've some unhelpful and repeating behaviours. Give me a shout and find out.