You are what you eat.
That’s what I used to always hear growing up. Now that I am grown up, I know how true it is. We are the sum total of our habits. Because the results take a long time to show up, people often don’t concern themselves much with their daily habits. But one day, we realize that where we are is not where we want to be. However, if we want to know why we are where we are, we have to look back at our habits – our eating habits, our sleeping habits, our emotional habits, our self-soothing habits, etc. And, most of all, we have to look at what we are consuming on a daily basis.
By consuming, I don’t just mean food. I mean books, music, television, movies, games, etc. We all like what we like – and that’s totally fine! But, if we don’t like some of the results in our lives, we have to take an honest look at ALL our habits, including our consumption habits.
For example, if you know you’re a fearful person, and that that’s held you back over the years, look at some of your habits. Do you hang around other fearful people? Do you watch a lot of Lifetime movies where women are being chased by knife-wielding husbands? Do you soak yourself in the daily news? Do you talk on and on about how bad the world is? If so, no wonder you’re fearful! Change things up a bit.
I’m not saying that you have to be a puritan. Watch, eat, and enjoy whatever you want to – as long as the results you have in your life are exactly as you want them to be. However, if you want to make a change, something’s got to change! In order to do that, you have to approach things from the opposite attitude. Act the way you think you would act if you had the things in life you want. For example, a fearful person who wants to be free needs to purposely take a some small risks, and build from there. An overweight or unhealthy person needs to behave like a healthy person. A tired, stressed out person needs to ask himself “What would my habits be if I were a calm, energetic person?” Act “as if” until the “as if” is your new reality!
Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a free lunch (and if it IS free, ask yourself why!) If you want to make change, you have to change. The good news is that change is easy once good behavior becomes habitual.
Create the habit, create the life. You are powerful enough to have what you want. Don’t give up!
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Have a happy weekend.
Peace and Love,