By Taylor Kay Stephens
For 37 years, I misplaced my car keys at least once or twice almost every day. Intellectually, I knew that I needed to put them in the same place every time, but it just hadn’t worked for me – I had tried everything I knew with no success.
One day I was really late for an appointment because I couldn’t find my car keys and I didn’t know where my spare key was either. I can laugh at it now, but it wasn’t funny back then. I had reached my threshold of pain and was furious. Sometimes anger can motivate you to make necessary changes.
Right then, I made the decision to change this habit, but how? I had failed miserably in the past, but I knew there must be a way. After coming back home from my appointment, as I drove into my driveway, I had an idea.
I pulled into the garage, turned off the ignition and closed my eyes while I calmed down. Next I visualized myself always being able to find my car keys. I could actually see my hand reaching into my purse, holding them in my hand and the feeling was incredible. I was completely focused on what I was doing without any distractions.
Grabbing my purse, I closed the car door, walked into the house and set my purse down. I consciously put the keys on a hook inside my purse, walked a few feet away, stopped and I said “Yes!” I turned around, picked up my purse, removed my keys, started my car, pulled out of the garage, and drove away. I turned the car around and repeated this process 21 times in a row without stopping. I kept saying, “This will work and I can do this!” I thought about how much easier my life would be and the feeling was incredible.
It only took about 30 minutes to break a life-long bad habit. Ask me how nice it is to be able to find my keys every time and not be frantically looking everywhere, all stressed out. Was it worth 30 minutes of my time?
Absolutely yes and the feeling is priceless!
Taylor Kay Stephens, speaker, author and transformational life coach, is no stranger to tragedy, adversity and obstacles. She teaches people how to get out of overwhelm, change their bad habits and stop self-defeating behaviors. She has developed her own easy and practical techniques and systems so simple a child can do them. Discover more at TaylorKayStephens.com.