By Karin Leonard
Who, these days, has a
lot of extra time to bring about changes in habits and lifestyle? It
often is challenging enough to attend to “putting out the fires” and
taking care of the priorities on the perpetual “to-do list.”
Nevertheless, we may continue to bump into outdated patterns and
behaviors that no longer work for us. However, as long as we continue to
do the same things, we will end up with similar results.
Can be Quick…
…what often takes longer is getting
ready to change, and fully
implementing new patterns. We may think
about changes for quite a while before they materialize. However,
when we truly decide to
improve something in our lives – be it quitting a habit long ago
outgrown, or pursuing a cherished dream – then we are able to move
mountains. Creating change is fundamentally a decision
to shift what no longer works, combined with the tools
to follow through, and the
awareness at key moments to snap out of automatic pilot.
Power of Habits
We are, to a great degree,
creatures of habit. Believe it or not, that is actually a good thing.
Doing many things automatically actually has us being highly effective.
Just think about driving, for example, or the many tasks you complete on
a daily basis: it would be
a drag to have to do each step
deliberately … shift gears, step on the gas, etc. … our streets
would be even more chaotic.
So, habits are great, as
long as you do those things
automatically that you want to
be doing. Overeating, smoking or blowing up at the people around us
probably doesn’t fall into that category.
Give Choice a Chance
Life is made up of single
moments, one after another, and these points in time make up our
existence. It is through the hundreds of choices we make in the moments
of our day that culminate to shape our destiny. The past is gone, the
future isn’t here yet – the gift of choice lies in the now
– that’s why they call it the present
questions are these: how do you want
to choose in the crucial moments of your day? How will you remember
to wake up from
pilot? And how can you slow down
your response long enough to get to a real
choice? This may just take a minute, but it is that crucial moment
that decides our fate, time and time again. Through those choices we
change, and we can create what
we want as we tap our potential more fully.
had the privilege to witness countless clients transform themselves and
their lives, in a relatively short period of time, I am in awe of human
nature, and what we are capable of accomplishing – once we decide to do so, and believe
that we can. And it is my personal mission (and sincerest pleasure) to
be in service of this marvelous process of human evolution.
“Life was never meant to be a
struggle, just a gentle progression from one point to another, much like
walking through a valley on a sunny day.”
- Stuart Wilde