Change your Habits… Change your Life. These are the words I live by. Why? Because I have found out over the years that it is our habits that keep us where we are in life. It is our habits that either advance our situation or keep us stuck in the same old cycle. At some point in our lives we have to ask ourselves… Am I happy with my job? Am I happy in my relationships? Why do I feel trapped? Why don’t things work out for me the way I would like for them to? Where will I be in 6 months? 1 year? Or 5 years from now? It was those questions that made me realize that it was not any one person or any outside influence that kept me where I was. It was not my upbringing, my ethnic background or my lack of education… it was my habits. Are you really conscious of what you do on a daily or weekly basis? Are the decisions you are consistently making helping you or hindering you from becoming the person that you were meant to be? Are you blaming others for your lack of achievements and happiness? This is typical behavior for most of us. We don’t want to take the blame for our actions because then we are forced to take a good hard look at ourselves and expose the things we don’t like. I have great news for you today!! You don’t have to stay stick in your same ole’ habits. You can make a decision to change! One small step at a time is all it takes. When I decided to focus more on improving myself and less on changing others, my world started to change dramatically. I started to see how I was a major contributor to everything that was not going ‘right’ in my life. I started to see that you cannot change others, you can only change yourself. And you can do this in many ways, here are just a few.
1. Start reading motivational texts or listening to motivational audiotapes. Motivational texts and audio by the greats such as Zig Ziglar, Les Brown, Anthony Robbins and Jim Rohn just to name a few can make you feel worthy of life and can make you feel like you can conquer the world. Although you still may be stuck in your habits initially, by incorporating these greats into your life, you will start to change the way you think about yourself, others and life in general.
2. Start exercising. Exercising releases endorphines produced in your body that makes you feel good. Exercising is a great way to get away from the television and overeating. Exercising not only makes you feel good, but it makes you look good. Once you start seeing results with your exercise you will notice that exercise has replaced your unhealthy habits.
3. Pray and Meditate. Once you realize that there is a power higher than yourself that supports your decisions, you will see that your life will start to change. I am not saying that you need to go to church or join a religious organization, that is totally different from incorporating a personal spiritual practice into your day. Taking a few minutes out of your day to be thankful, and have gratitude for the small things in your life will eventually turn those small blessings into the big changes that you have been seeking. Seek and ye shall find.
4. Keep a journal. Journaling is a wonderful way to know if you have made progress or not. But please don’t be too hard on yourself. Forgive yourself if you fall short and know that the universe is still there to support you and your positive decisions to move forward and change unwanted habits. Journal your thoughts, feelings and always end with positive affirmations.
So, these are just a few ways that you can change habits that will eventually change your life. Be patient. Nothing worth having ever happened overnight. Life is a journey and it is best if you understand that habits didn’t develop overnight and they are not going break overnight. Experts say it takes about 21 days to develop a habit. So, by engaging in those 4 new life enhancing habits everyday for 21 consecutive days, you should have replaced old unwanted habits. For more tips on how to break habits please comment below. Also, share how you broke old habits and are living your best life. I’d love to hear all about.
Peace & Love,