There are things we all do every day out of habit. Our usual morning routine of brushing our teeth, washing our face, and even how we get dressed every day. These are all things that we don’t put much thought or attention to. We are, by all accounts, creatures of habit doing the same things in the same order throughout our daily lives.
Have you ever given any thought to which leg you put in your pants first when getting dressed? Chances are it’s the same leg that you were told to use when you were a young child when getting helped being dressed. These habits are formed over continuous repetition and just eventually become part of us and the way that we do things.
A suggestion was made to me to reverse the route that I usually take when I go on my run. It may seem like a harmless quest to go in the opposite direction, but when it actually came down to it, I resisted. It felt weird even though I was wearing the same ol’ sneakers that I always wear and listening to the same catchy tunes pumping through my ear buds that always helps me set my pace. I may have even questioned the exercise citing “this is stupid”.
Our belief systems are responsible for the way we see things. If a simple task of going in a different direction seems uncomfortable, just imagine trying to replace old outdated belief systems with new ones. If you want different results in your life, then that’s precisely what you will need to do. Your habits are formed first by the thoughts that you think and secondly when you become emotionally attached to an idea. Our paradigms, the behavioural patterns that we follow on a consistent basis, are so strong that we resist doing something differently.
It all begins with a desire to want something different. Not just any desire, a burning desire of something so great that it may seem far out of reach. You can’t continue to do the same things over and over again expecting a different result. If you want to experience something better, then you have to be willing to do something different. You have to consciously choose to replace a bad habit with a good habit. It will require persistence. It will require determination. It will require unwavering faith.
If you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand. You can be, do or have anything that you want.
What is it that you want? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to create the life of your dreams?