I was thinking about how difficult it can be to make changes, even when we know we’ll feel better when we do. So, what is it that has us getting stuck into habits and patterns of behavior that do not serve us any longer?
It’s that beastly little part of the brain called the ‘limbic brain’…the reptilian part of our mind that is all about survival. I know, it’s not always beastly ~ survival is good! However, we get locked into patterns that work for survival but no longer bring us any joy. How can we make those changes?
The first thing you have to do is decide how much you want to change. How badly do you want to change?
If your life isn’t working for you, you have two choices:
- Stuff your feelings and carry on. This leads to stress, illnesses and disease. In most cases this leads to being overweight, undernourished and unhappy.
- Decide to make the changes necessary to live the life you have always wanted. Then start to make changes, little by little, step by step. Just make a little change everyday and by the end of a year you will be well on your way to being a happy, healthy vibrant human being.
I use a combination of self-hypnosis along with rewarding positive changes ~ and I actually have a way to ‘talk’ with that limbic brain aspect of myself. This gets me going, but it needs commitment to making the changes every single day. I start with affirmation and meditation first thing in the morning, surround myself with positive and upbeat people and when I slip…which we all do! When I slip, I just dust myself off, forgive me and carry on!