I’ve been running my Personal Development Workshops for the last fifteen years and, during that time, I’ve met plenty of people who, for one reason or another, wanted to change their life. I’ve all sorts of reasons – from the proverbial midlife crisis to the career crossroads, from low self esteem to fear of public speaking, from wanting to learn the art of true leadership to simply wanting to be happy – I’ve seen it all. And, the bizarre thing is, that I keep seeing the same thing!

All these people that I meet are on a mission – they’re seeking. I end up meeting them because they’re not finding! I often find that people in that position are frustrated that their lives are not going in the direction that they’d like. When I point out to them that nothing in their lives will change if they keep doing the same things – then, the penny drops!

Nothing in your life is going to change if you don’t do something different yourself – and I mean something psychologically and radically different. But, believe it or not, you just have to make tiny changes for the whole of your life to change – the bit that’s radical is that, as a normal adult, your subconscious mind hasn’t done anything new since you were a teenager, so, if you do something different now, that’s radical as far as your subconscious is concerned.

The normal adult’s life is created by the repetitive thought processes of the subconscious that constantly and consistently trot out the same reactive behaviours to what we think of as our life. Life would be so different if you interrupted that automatic process. And, as I’ve already said, small interruptions lead to a complete breakdown in the system. And, once the system is broken, you can remodel it to your own liking, based on the things that you want out of life.

So, what am I actually talking about? Well, something as simple as brushing your teeth with the hand with which you don’t habitually brush your teeth will get the ball rolling. And here’s why. Everything we do routinely as adults is done automatically. This enables us pay no attention to routine tasks. Sooner or later everything becomes routine. If you’re not sure about this ask yourself if you woke up beside your nearest and dearest this morning with the same oomph as you woke beside him or her on the very first morning! This means that we end up paying attention to nothing. Yet psychology tells us that our ability to be successful is correlated with our ability to pay attention. You’ve got to learn how to pay attention.

When you do something as simple as brushing your teeth with ‘the other hand’, you stop your subconscious mind in its automatic tracks. You have called yourself to attention by choosing to doing something routine in a non-automatic manner. That’s the first plus. The second plus is that, in doing that, in brushing your teeth in a non-routine way, you simply have to pay more than the normal amount of attention to the task.

You’re using the system to break the system – the system that has held you within an automatically created version of reality for all of your adult life. No wonder nothing has been changing. But, with small change, comes transformation. Once you break the smallest links in the system, the whole illusion crumbles. You will see life for what it is – not the existence that you’ve been sleepwalking through but a life of opportunity and possibility. And, now that you’ve started to take control of your own mind, you can take the steps that used to be beyond your field of vision.

Author's Bio: 

Willie Horton has been enabling his clients live their dream since he launched is now acclaimed two-day Personal Development Seminars all the way back in 1996. His clients include top leaders in major corporations such as Pfizer, Deloitte, Nestle, Merrill Lynch, KPMG, G4S and Allergan together with everyone from the stay-at-home parent to sports-people. An Irish ex-banker and published author he now lives in the French Alps from where he travels the world as a much sought after motivational speaker and mentor. All his work, his weekly Free Personal Development Ezine videos and articles, together with his highly-acclaimed Personal Development Workshops are online at Gurdy.Net