Well, since I’m always challenging my clients to try chang- ing their habits, I decided to see how long it would take me to reprogram myself and learn to turn the handle the new way without having to think about it.Any guess how long it took? (Drum roll please.) It took six weeks!
If you want to become better at breakthrough thinking, you’ll need to begin by challenging yourself to break some of your old thinking habits. It won’t be easy. To get you started, here’s an exercise that will really challenge you to break some of your thinking habits: Start a friendly conver- sation with someone you don’t like. (It could be a neighbor or a co-worker.) When you talk to that person, see if you can find something you actually like about him or her and then give them a genuine compliment.You may just find that they aren’t as bad as you thought and that it’s possible to reprogram yourself.