Still in 2015 are you?
I’m not referring to actually, physically being in the past (that would mean you have a time machine and if so get in touch with me I’d like to revisit a few places in the past), I’m referring to the mind having trouble with the fact that a new year has started.
I’m still writing 2015 on everything even though I’m fully aware that it is 2016.
It’s as if I don’t want another year to have passed, or something akin to that idea.
In reality I know it’s because I’m so used to writing 2015 that it has become a habit. An automatic habit.
So that has me thinking about habits and how they control our lives. Everything we do on a daily basis without really thinking about it, is a habit.
Some are good habits, some are not so good, and some habits are absolutely terrible for our well being on every level.
What do we do about it? Especially the bad for us habits.
In my opinion…
We change them and therefore we change ourselves, for the better.
Even small changes can have a big impact on our physical selves and our mental selves.
So then why not change the bad habits, right here, right now?
Honestly – Change is a scary thing.
Even small changes can be frightening.
It’s different. Goes against the ingrained response to our lives. It goes against the programming of habits.
After all habits are only a programmed way of responding to our environment.
Not all of these programmed responses are bad. Some of them are quite good and save us from harm and damage everyday.
When driving a vehicle and we come up to a red traffic light – we stop. Because we’ve been taught that we have to for safety reasons. Same goes for stop signs. This is a good habit.
We know not to touch fire, boiling water, not to grab knives by the blade, not to walk out into traffic, etc…
We don’t really think about these things, we just do them, an automatic response happens in the above situations.
Examples of good habits:
Waving at someone when they wave at us, smiling when smiled at, saying hello in social situations. Good programming for sure.
When we are hungry we eat, when thirsty we drink, when tired we sleep and so on. Those are also a programmed response to the situation we are in at that moment.
These are all basic examples of course. Us being the humans that we are will naturally go against the programming from time to time if needed or merely to rebel against it.
So if we can naturally go against the programming from time to time then why can’t we change the programming from time to time as well?
Because change can be a scary thing and when something is scary I believe it is instinctual for us to avoid it out of self preservation.
So then how do we change?
Good question really. There is no one set answer for everyone because we are all individuals.
However, I believe that everyone can change if they are willing to embark on that journey. First step on that journey is to change for ourselves. That way we can fully embrace the journey that leads to a positive change in our lives.
What would you like to change?
Get out a piece of paper and write down your thoughts about the question. Then flip the paper over and write some thoughts about the steps you feel you will to take in order to accomplish that change.
This can be a small change or a big change, it’s up to you because this is for you. It’s okay to focus on your needs here.
You can count this as a first page in a change journal (if you are inclined to keep one) and your first step on the journey towards change.
Even though you are making a change for yourself, you don’t have to take the journey alone. If you’d like you can share your journey with someone or a group, even here if you want to. If you do, make sure that the person or group is going to be supportive of your journey.
I’d love to here from you. What would you like to change? Leave a comment about it, share a thought, drop a note.
Me, you ask?
I’m changing the way that I set goals. I briefly talked about it in the post yesterday and I’m going to share that journey with you here in a weekly post about it. It’s a small change for sure but it will have a big impact on my life.
Change – It doesn’t have to scary.
P.S. I really would like to know any comment or thoughts about today’s post.
P.P.S. Have A Wonderful Day!