It’s a new year, a new month, a new day. I’m not interested in posting a new year’s resolution diorama. Resolutions are made to instill pressure and guilt. I prefer to think of resolutions as a new path, a new way to BE, a BETTER way to journey.
No matter the change, the idea is to not give yourself a time limit (this makes you anxious) and not to regulate a journal (this makes you depressed AND anxious). Just ease into your new habits…replacing the ones that made you want to change with habits you want to keep. We are creatures of habit. We are also pack driven, no not the six pack, the peeps’ pack. Humans tend to emulate those around them.
I’m not saying you should dump your buddies…but if you are trying to make a serious change in your life, for example let’s say you want to eat healthier and lose weight (most popular “New Years Resolution”) it could be helpful not to hang out with the McDonald’s frequent flyers. Change is hard. I know. I have made a major change with this new year and I can say this method is working brilliantly. I have replaced the bad with the good. I have developed a replacement habit. I stay away from my pressure points and when I get tempted I have a visual diversion to keep me grounded and strong.
No, it’s not new age, it’s training the mind. Our mind is tricky and clever and you must be cunning. Perhaps it could be likened to a chess game. Just remember, if you lose the first set there is always a new game you can start. Be dedicated for a win.
Whatever your goals and wishes are for change, I truly wish for your success. It is not easy but it CAN be done. Day by day, … realize the need, resolve the reason, replace the habit.
I would like to share with you one of my favorite quotes:
ALL THAT WE ARE IS A RESULT OF WHAT WE HAVE THOUGHT. THE MIND IS EVERYTHING. WHAT WE THINK WE BECOME. - Buddha