2010 is about to end and maybe you’re thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. The problem with them is that they don’t work. (Right?)
I’ve become kind of obsessed with HOW lives change. How do we stop living our same old stuck lives, and start truly living the life? How do we see real, permanent change happen?
Well, there’s more to it than this, but I think one step is that we need to count the reward. The problem is that there’s a payoff for whatever it is we’re currently doing (but no longer want to do). Overeating, smoking, sleeping around, not exercising, workaholism – whatever it is – it does something for us, that’s why we do it, and that’s why we can’t seem to change.
So we need to count the reward. We need to develop a real strong clear vision of how our lives would be better if we make the change. In fact, I think you should write it out. Draw a picture of it. Write a song about it. Get absolutely vivid on what your new and improved life is going to look like. It’s one of the things that will help you stick to the habit you’re trying to establish (or break) that will get you where you want to go.
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