In her book, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway Dr Susan Jeffers speaks to the result of habituation: “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you’ve got.” In other words, unless we break habits and re-focus ourselves to change with mindful purpose, we will always feel frustrated because we will not be able to break patterns that don’t serve us.
We cannot rely on others to do the changing for us. Self belief and self empowerment, by their very definition, come from within. Living mindfully, with purpose, gives you an opportunity for you to look inside and change any behavior that does not support you in being the best version of you. Here are a few tips to keep you on that path:
First become AWARE of what you need to change. What habits are blocking you from realizing your full potential? What do you want your future to look like? What is your vision for yourself? The first step is AWARENESS.
Second you must BELIEVE it is possible to change. Many people entertain change in their minds as a kind of fantasy. But it is a reality that lies within your power.
The third is COMMITMENT. Motivation is the key to commitment. We must want to change, rather than feel it is our duty to do so. Change can be very challenging when we feel we have to instead of Want To.
Finally we have to have the DISCIPLINE to change. We cannot change ourselves unless we are able to maintain a steady course over time. Think of each step in the process of change as an achievement or major landmark passed. Even if we find ourselves slipping into old habits, that achievement cannot be taken away. We do not have to cover the same ground again: every time we step forward we are covering new road.
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