I have a weakness for movies featuring martial arts, so if a Jackie Chan movie is on, even with bad English dubbing, I'll remove my thumb from the remote.
I was watching the 2010 version of "The Karate Kid," which is actually about kung-fu, but whatever.
Dre, who is getting killed at school by a kung-fu robot masquerading as a 12-year-old (I'm sticking with that theory) is being trained by a secret agent posing as a maintenance man (still sticking with that) Mr. Han.
Now Dre, like most kids, has no problem coming home and chucking his jacket on the floor, no matter how much his mother bellows otherwise.
His first training exercise with Mr. Han is to take off his jacket, throw it on the floor, pick it up, put it on the hook, then put it on, take it off, for hour after hour after hour after hour . . .
The first day, when he gets home, his mother asks if he learned anything. "Nah," he says, mindlessly placing his jacket on the hook. His mother's mouth drops open.
Repetition is one of the best ways to teach ourselves good habits. Like when I eat vegetables. Then I want more vegetables, no matter how much takeout is tantalizingly waved beneath my nose. "Any steamed broccoli, please?"
Dr. Phil said that it is possible to potty-train a child in one day, based on repetition. Going through the motions ten times in a row reprograms the brain.
Take getting up early in the morning. My brother is certainly not a morning person, but he wants to make it to his shiurim before work, to the point that he now automatically awakens with the dawn. People think he's an early riser by nature. He ain't. He's really not. He's so not a morning person that when he still lived at home, he took the long way out the door because if he sees anyone, he may have to kill them. But do anything enough times, and it's no longer an effort.
We always knew practice makes perfect. Even About.com has an article on how to break a habit.
What I am annoyed about is that in "The Karate Kid," Jackie Chan only has one fight scene. That guy is a human windmill, and they give him one fight scene?