During my time writing the book “Bring About What You Think About” I did a lot of research on the topic of discovering passion and making long lasting change in our lives. As you are well aware we seem to have an aversion to wanting to make change yet it is change and growth that will lead to what most of us want – health, happiness and abundance.
It is not that we don’t like change, but more about being addicted to our existing habits. Change your habits change your life! Your habits have become the operating system by which you live your life; the underlining set of commands through which you filter every decision. Many of your habits may be empowering you. For example, you may have great eating or exercising habits. You may be a hard worker, with lots of skills and knowledge and the list goes on. However, you also may have habits that are dis-empowering such as a short temper, impatience, being too critical of people around you or maybe you work too much or not enough and so on.
Most of us don’t even realize we have these underlining filters, but every time something different comes along, we run it through these filters. If we use a dis-empowering filter, we will do everything we can to resist change.
For this month I would like you to take stock of your habits and categorize them as either (1) empowering habits or (2) dis-empowering habits.
Like every addiction the first step to overcoming it is to first identify it. Once you identify your dis-empowering habits, pick one that is holding you back and make it your goal this month to work toward changing it. You need to stick with this as it takes three to four weeks for form a new habit and break an old one.
In my own case a few years ago I realized I weighed too much and was not healthy. I want to live a long and full life and so I took stock of the habits that were contributing to my health. I had developed a set of habits that a 220lb person needed in order to maintain that body weight and I mapped out a new set of habits for a 175lb person. As these habits started to replace my old habits the physical transition also took place, I now enjoy a much more healthy and active life style.
From the Mar 2013 issue of “Inspire”
International Speaker, Author and Employee Engagement Expert
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