Last week, my husband and I rescued a 1 year old puppy from a shelter in Long Island. Her name is Luna and she is very friendly. Luna is my first dog, so I have been doing a lot of reading on how to teach her things and what she needs.
Everyone knows you can't train a dog over night. It takes time, diligence, and patience so you better be prepared before you bring one under your care. Dogs need structure and boundaries. They need you to be consistent with what you ask of them; don't pee in the apartment, stay off the furniture, don't pull the leash, etc. Luna made me see that training a dog is just like changing a pattern in your body.
Your body needs those very same qualities; be consistent, take your time, be diligent, and have patience through the process. Do you allow yourself the focus that you need when you are trying to change a pattern? My recommendation is for you to work on it for 90 seconds.
90 seconds is the amount of time it takes your body to create a pattern.
For that time, be present in what your body is doing and what you feel. When the time is up, let it go and go on with your day. The more you incorporate the new pattern, the sooner it becomes the way you move without a thought.