Muscle Memory

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty BK 3030920

I've been taking golf lessons recently, first time ever, and have found the lessons to be not only fun and interesting, but have applications off the golf course.

For example, I have a bad habit of "flipping" my left wrist after hitting the ball. They have worked with me on this, having me work on the separate steps of the golf swing, and breaking them down one by one. I even paid close attention to the TPC on TV to really analyze how they swing.  And, practiced with my foam golf balls in my house while the TPC was on.

The point to muscle memory is this: if you have an improper way of doing something, such as a golf swing, and flipping your wrist, every single time you swing and flip your wrist, you are creating muscle memory. This means you will continue to do the action the same way until you are educated, and choose to break the habit.

Let's say you have the same routine every night. You go home from work, you change, you have dinner, spend time with the kids, watch tv, go to bed. Get up, repeat. For 7 days in a row. For 30 days in a row.  For 365 days in a row.

This becomes your muscle memory. It's the habit and routine that we all crave, yet when we can't get ahead or change our lifestyles to attain our goals, it's this same habit and routine that will be our downfall - because that is what we are accustomed to.

I challenge every one to identify one area you want to improve. Notice your habits and routines, good and bad, that affect this one area, and strive to change them. You will be amazed how easy it seems once you've recognized what is holding you back. Good luck and share your accomplishments!

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Carol Zingone is a full service Broker Associate proudly affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty in Atlantic Beach, FL.  I help buyers and sellers locally, regionally, and internationally.  With hundreds of happy buyers and sellers over the course of my career, I'm thrilled to help first time buyers, military buyers, seniors, investors, 1031 exchange properties, short sales and REO's.  I have spent hours honing my expertise, including the designations of: Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC) , Short Sales, Foreclosures, REO's, (SFR), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).  I pride myself on providing excellent expertise to all buyers and sellers. Search the MLS via  for Jacksonville and area listings!



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Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor

Carol, great post. This is one reason why practice doen't work when you're practicing the wrong techniques. You only become very good at doing it incorrectly.

May 15, 2008 03:05 AM #1
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes

Nice post. Bad Habits are hard to break. I quit smoking 3 years ago after 30 years. I quit soft drinks 3 months ago after 50 years!  Just have to substitute good habits for bad. Yes these have to be conscious decisions at first. Then the new good habits are like muscle memory.

May 15, 2008 03:48 AM #2
Becky Respess
Broker/Associate Century 21 Judge Fite Co - Cedar Hill, TX

Carol, very good post. Something to think about for sure. I am going to find an area today where I want to improve. I will give it some thought and get back to you today.

May 15, 2008 05:02 AM #3
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