40 days to build a habit: Sustainable Change

This post has, as its inspiration, a vicar and a bald petrol head.Goliath

The vicar:

I was listening to a vicar go on, as they often do, about the need for Christians to build the habit of reading the Bible daily.  This is to reach the theological equivalent of knowing what you are talking about.  This particular man of the cloth has a rather unique take on the whole thing and cited the many instances where the concept of 40 days and 40 nights is used in the Bible to effectively mean persist until you have lost the will to live or forgotten what you were doing before:

  • Noah bobbed about in the Ark for 40 days and 40 nights.
  • Moses loafed about with God a time or two for 40 days and 40 nights.
  • Goliath shouted his mouth off for 40 days and 40 nights before heading a brick.
  • Elijah went supersize on his McDonalds and had indigestion for 40 days and 40 nights.
  • Jonah put the frighteners on Nineveh for 40 days and 40 nights before they bottled it.
  • Jesus wandered about in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights.

Anyway the Vicar then told me something I didnt know.  Theologians generally agree that the period of 40 days is used in the Bible to indicate a period of testing in order to meet a major phase of a plan.

The Bald Petrol Head:

I was feeling particularly pleased with my self, having remained focussed for way more than 40 seconds of a sermon and at that point, probably about 8 minutes in (a personal best on my part) I had a revelation:

David Mitchell came to me, as vision from the heavens,  in a golden hairdressers chariot (MGF 1.8 not VVC) and the small pink (before his holiday) bloggist  said unto me:

“Dude – Happen thee should set up a Quad and spend abart farty days an farty nights blogging with thy mates ararnd t’h glorbe”

There is an explanation of part of this wonderful man’s genius:

David has set up a wonderful way into class blogging, with a low barrier to entry, ready made audience and peer support.  A vehicle that has in its very DNA the time scale needed to develop the habit of blogging in your class.

Therefore, Ladies, Gentlemen and Tim Rylands, I give you David Mitchell  – a genius of Biblical proportions.

The real message of this blog:

 

Change is a period of testing in order to meet a major phase of a plan.

Whatever change you wish to implement in School.  It’s going to take 40 days of commitment before it will stand a chance of becoming a habit and therefore a sustainable change in your organisation.

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