Stop picking your nose!

Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 11:57
A statue of a man picking his nose - flickr - therealbrute

No, this post is not about boogers. It’s about all the little irritations of life that we let slide until the frustration crescendos until we do something impulsive: yell, eat, smoke, drink, yell some more, throw out, curse, bitch, moan, cry, and possibly pick one’s nose.

As a personal example, my allergies flared up recently and I was sniffling for hours without realizing it. Finally my wife said “just blow your nose and get it over with.” It took all of 5 seconds, and my sinuses clear up for a good hour before I had to blow my nose again.

The key is taking that 5 seconds to fix the issue instead of suffering for hours.

Your Irritation List

Jack Canfield recommends creating an irritation list. The point is to identify all those little nagging things that sap our energy, attention, and focus. The next step is to schedule a time to go through and address them one by one. It may take you a few attempts, so keep hammering away at it. You’ll feel better with each item that is removed from the list.

Investing in Better Habits

The point is to invest in a more empowering, productive way of dealing with the boogers of life. If you are in a rut or finding yourself acting out of frustration, then I encourage you to start investing in new behaviors. Do a self check to see if there are any habits you’d like to change out and decide on an alternative course of action you’d rather do instead. Leave yourself a little note to remind yourself of the new action.

This is not to say that it will necessarily be easy. Some habits are ingrained from years of reinforcement. But if you start training your brain and body in a new way, it can eventually take hold if you have the discipline and awareness to keep on that path.

Self Check

  • What are 5 small irritations that I face every day?
  • Is there a simple fix for these right now?
  • What are 5 unwanted habits that I do every day?
  • What would be my preferred habit?
  • How much is it costing you (personally, emotionally, mentally, etc) to not address these irritations and unwanted habits.

For those interested in getting through the emotional, mental, and psychological barriers with respect to habits, I highly encourage checking out EFT, The Sedona Method, The Healing Codes, etc. Jack Canfield’s Effortless Success (not an affiliate link) is also very helpful.

And You?

What are your thoughts on the irritations of life. Are they just not possible to fix? Do you not have the time? Have you eliminated them all already? Do you have another way of looking at it?

Image by therealbrute under the creative commons.

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