I believe Mick Jagger was right when he sang the song, “Old Habits Die Hard.”
And just as old habits are difficult to break, new ones can be challenging to begin. There’s a reason for that, says psychologist Pauline Wallin, PhD. “A habit is a shortcut. It’s something that you don’t have to think about,” she says. “It’s also convenient, it gets results, and it’s just a learned pattern of behavior.”
Wallin, who is the author of the book, Taming Your Inner Brat: A Guide for Transforming Self-Defeating Behavior, says that with the right approach, anyone can start a new habit at any age. “You just keep practicing, and it works itself out,” says Wallin.