Do you think it is possible to change habit patterns, or do you believe the old saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks?"
I once worked in an office where they did major renovations to the layout of the building one summer. It took me a long time to stop turning right, as I had been used to doing, and turn left instead to get to my office. And that was when I was young. If the adage holds true, it should be even harder to change as I grow older.
Recently I got my first speeding ticket. I was cited for going 47 mph in a 30 mph zone along my daily route to work. Granted I was going down a hill, in what is widely considered a speed trap in my neighborhood. After more than 30 years of driving experience, you would think they would let me off easy because of my perfect driving record.
Still, I don't want to be a lawbreaker, and I certainly don't want to pay another ticket, or go through the embarrassment of a siren pulling me over. So I was determined to change my driving habits. It took a number of times driving over that stretch of road and catching myself letting the car naturally accelerate on its own going down the hill as I had been doing for years. But now, as I approach the hill, it triggers me to slow down, put my foot on the brake, and watch my speedometer. I have successfully retrained my mind to take note, and practice a new habit.
I find it encouraging to know that it is possible to learn new behavior, no matter how many years I have been practicing a certain habit.