- The body can take a lot of discomfort. Unfortunately, the mind will be the first to give up. If your mind senses that a path is too uncomfortable or seems like too much work, it will create excuses to rationalize giving up and heading in the other direction. Ignore the self-talk that the mind creates when things get tough. Don’t let your mind talk you into taking the easy way out......
- If people around you are criticizing your choice to improve, maybe it’s because they don’t want to be shown up, and put the work in, to improve themselves. If this is the case, either it’s time to re-arrange your “friendly” surroundings or simply ignore the words, that your critics conjure up, to keep you down at their level.
3. Your knowledge
- If you say you are going to change, read up on what it takes to succeed, from a reliable source. Otherwise, you will encounter obstacles that you won’t know how to deal with. You wouldn’t jump out of an airplane before understanding how and when to pull the parachute for a safe landing. If it’s eating healthy, using time more wisely, working harder, or getting organized, you’ll be able to find plenty of ideas from wise old Google. Just beware of attempts to sell you what you already know. You can figure out how to eat healthy, be more productive, work harder, and get organized, on your own, without buying a book that tells you how to do it. On the other hand, if you do choose to jump out of an airplane, you may want to give in and spend a little money on the lessons and, perhaps, a parachute.
4. Your history
- Your habits have been ingrained by your past, maybe even from following the people around you. Breaking a bad habit that you’ve been consistently performing is one of the hardest things to do. One secret to being successful at breaking a habit is to have a replacement. Whenever the bad habit is about to be triggered, it is vital to have a good habit ready to fire up, in its place. Without a replacement, surprisingly enough, your mind is stronger than your body and will rationalize reasons for performing the bad habit once again, because that’s what it's been trained to do. Do the words, "just one won't hurt", sound familiar? Win the battle, for the better, against yourself, and if the people around you want to continue on their destructive paths, then lead by example and show them that it is possible to do what you say you’ll do.
5. Your comfort zone
- This last one is just as important as the first. This is the brick wall that your mind says no to and the rest of you must crash through. You can talk all you want about making a resolution or changing, but until you face the brick wall at the end of your comfort zone, you have not been tested. Ignore the self-talk that your mind is shouting at you to turnaround, it’s too much pain, or that it’s impossible. Choose to destroy that brick wall of discomfort and cruise straight down the road of keeping this year’s resolution!
One other note:
- Trying to change several things at once is not a good idea. Instead, focus on changing one issue each month.
Once again, in the words of Yoda:
“You must unlearn what you have learned”.
“Do or do not. There is no try”.
- Algebra House