4 Steps to Change (Part 1)
If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got. Is that what you want?
Making changes in your life isn’t necessarily a quick or instantaneous fix. Old habits and thought patterns didn’t happen overnight and usually don’t get reversed in a day either. There are plenty of people that want to change and set goals and plans to do so; however, they revert back to the old ways again. How do we make changes to these areas we are stuck in?
(Obviously, if you are dealing with serious addictions, like drug & alcohol, life threatening habits, etc. Then seek professional help and get the support you need.)
Let’s start by looking at what causes change or the lack of it.
The reasons we do things in our lives is usually because we are seeking pleasure or running from pain. The process of changing a habit is usually thought of as being hard and therefore labeled as a painful process. Since we as humans run from pain, this means we will steer clear of change if this is how it’s perceived.
From this perception, we won’t tend to make a change in our lives until we get to a point where it is more painful to stay the way we are, than it is to change. No one wants to get to this point; however, some people won’t decide to change until they get to this place.
Can you see “changing” as fun and necessary, instead of as a painful process?
Realize the pain from the habit, is here now in this present moment and not in the process of changing. Every step out of the habit is rewarding as it takes you away from the pain. Focus on the positive end results you will have once this habit is out of your life. Use the rewards and pleasure of achievement as a catalyst.
In Part 2 we’ll look at the process of changing a habit.
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