Creatures of Habit
How fast the time has gone. Do you remember New Year’s Eve a year ago? What you did and where you were? Was it different this year? Did you accomplish all of those resolutions you promised yourself on New Year’s Day? If you did, good for you. If not, you are among the majority.
Changing is hard. We have a desire to change but, in reality, when we make a change (big or small), we quickly begin to feel uncomfortable and long for our regular routine.
Making changes, such as watching what you eat, starting a fitness regime, or even getting in or out of a relationship, starts with a commitment to yourself and a change to your mindset.
So many of the things we do are motivated by emotions and good intentions, but then the voice in our head starts to talk and we listen. We justify our return to old routines, telling ourselves it will be okay. We can eat the donut, or take a walk with the dog instead of working out at the Dojo.
Humans are creatures of habit — we want things to be the same. Even if they are bad, we are used to this way of life and we know what to expect. Uncertainty is something we don’t want to experience. We feel out of control when we are unsure how something will work out.
So, what if you really want to make a change? First, understand how the brain thinks. Change is going to be hard, but remind yourself it will be worth it.
Set small goals to accomplish. If you are changing your eating habits, take it one day at a time. Make a plan. Planning is very important. Have an idea about what you can eat and when you will eat. Have some recipes you can make and purchase your ingredients ahead of time.
What about exercise? People across the world start out the new year by purchasing a gym membership or home equipment to jump-start their fitness routine. Again, we have great intentions and want to see ourselves stronger, more energetic, and fitter. January is the busiest time for gyms and fitness clubs — everyone promises themselves they will start to look and feel better. The problem is we all join, but by the end of 30 days, we have relapsed. Why? Because humans hate change.
So, if you know this and can somehow maintain your optimism, you have a very good chance at success.
We all want to be the best we can be. Years of justification can get in the way but, this time, you know what to expect. You have the control to stop going back. You have the willpower to keep moving forward. You just have to believe in yourself. Have the courage to stick to it. After all, it is the New Year — a chance to start over.
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