Here`s another short anecdote on changing thought patterns. When I was younger, I got interested in handwriting analysis---graphology. One thing stood out, regarding crossing the letter "T" in our writing.
The location of the crossbar references our tendency toward planning, details, and patience. If the crossbar is ahead of the vertical, the person tends to be impatient, thinking into the future, not particularly focused on the details of the moment.
However; what really caught my attention after I noticed that I had the crossbar way past the vertical bar, is that you can change the way you write and it`ll change the way you think!
I tried it, focusing on the detail of the crossbar, and by gosh if it began to affect my whole life. I was consciously thinking about how I wrote (back then it was mostly by hand), and always looking at the crossbar of the "T." The habit took hold, and I began focusing on all sorts of other very tiny details.
The bottom line is that everything is related. If you change your physical habits, you`ll often change your mental habits. Likewise, if you envision a different mental way of being, it will cascade outward into your physical life.
Habits are fascinating things. They`re a function of how certain cellular and chemical materials are attracted to, and surround the nerves and synapses of the brain. Repeated action and thought builds a sheath around a particular set of connections, much like putting insulation around wires.
The strongest habits are the ones with the thickest sheath. Creating a habit is usually as simple as focusing on the desire, then doing a few repetitions. It`s like Tai Chi and other martial arts: You learn a set of actions very, very slowly. Then you speed it up slowly, and teach your body how to act without thought.
So too, if you take it very slowly, step by step, you can create a new habit within only a few days. Breaking a habit isn`t so easy, but it works pretty much the same way---slow, focused attention, repeated a number of times.