Did you ever wonder why it is easy to wake up every morning if you know you have to be at work, but yet hard to wake up early and focus on yourself and some of your own projects?
How easy it is to put ourselves in the background and put other’s commitments in the forefront. We tend to lose our personal intentions when they do not rely on the suiting of others. Procrastination becomes more of a self torture than a pleasure. Perhaps we have failed to realize that we are our own bosses and it is up to us to display that same dedication to ourselves as we would others. We have goals and we have desires that we want to accomplish and time should not be an excuse or a delay for action. If time appears to be a factor with your self-commitments begin blocking out your time into more manageable fragments. It might mean just taking two hours out of your day to work on your projects. It may not seem like much, but at the end of the work week you would have 10 hours spent working towards your goal. These 10 hours a week might just be the jump start you need to keeping your own self-commitments and making your work matter too without being so overwhelmed.
Ever try to quit doing something that is not in your best interest and have a hard time getting started? You are not alone with your efforts. Whether it is going on a diet, quitting caffeine, smoking, or other habitual activities count yourself in on getting a change started with these five simple steps:
Step 1 First, realize that you have a problem and your body is out of balance because of it. Awareness is the first key to success. You can’t change something about yourself if you don’t even realize it’s a problem and affecting you or others around you.
Step 2 Write down your reasons for wanting to quit or initiate a change. Maybe you are ready to fit into certain clothes you want to wear. Maybe you are tired of having to worry about being dependent on something that isn’t a basic need. Address your fears and concerns. Self-doubt can lead to self-discovery. You may just uncover the real reason or truth behind an unproductive behavior that you weren’t aware of before.
Step 3 Set a date and stick to it. Write out a plan of action and make yourself a schedule that you can use as a guideline. This will allow you time to mentally prep for making the change you need to make and allow you to adjust anything in your immediate environment that has an impact on your success. Take time out to visualize yourself achieving your goals.
Step 4 Change is not an option it’s a direction. Habits and behaviors that may have worked for you in the past may no longer benefit you now. Don’t trap yourself in a timeframe of complacency. Learn to let go and to move on. Be willing to learn a new way of living. When we simplify our behaviors we eliminate obstacles and unnecessary complications that hinder our abilities to excel.
Step 5 Set realistic expectations of yourself. Accept progress not perfection and use your common sense when making a life change. If your body is physically addicted and the behavior you are attempting to change requires tapering down talk to a medical professional and make a plan that will allow you to safely quit.
With every change that you attempt to make, getting started requires effort and willingness to go forward. Make a commitment to yourself and make a plan to carry out your goals. Don’t be overwhelmed or underestimate your ability to achieve success.
Life is about changes and the catalysts that lead up to those changes. One moment we are needed in one area only to find soon later another shift to present itself. We can deal with changes in two ways. We can either fight the waves or we can ride them.
If we fight the waves, we are trying to control something we essentially have no control over. We eventually have to succumb to the laws of motion and go towards the change. Fighting the waves and fluctuations in life only lead us to spiritual and mental exhaustion. Our energy can be used more efficiently for better purposes and be used to shape our own mental clarity versus destroying it.
Keep in mind that no knowledge or experience goes to waste. It only prepares us for the next journey, the next lesson. When we accept change and are willing to ride the waves, we allow the Universe to place us where we belong. We accept our own evolution to go forward.
We all know that feeling, that feeling we get when we know we are on the right path. There is that sense of balance that comes over us and embraces our hearts with the most perfect warmth. It’s that moment when we feel like everything is perfect and we are content. We couldn’t ask for anything more or anything less. We are finally at home with ourselves and ready to face whatever the world throws at us.
When we are not at balance, there are doubts and concern. We feel although we are hitting obstacles instead of pathways. This is when there is something standing in the way of our spiritual energies. There is a blockage that prevents us from going forward with grace and ease.
The universe has its own rhythm. It is our duty to find that rhythm within ourselves that allows us to go along with the flow of our intuitive destiny. When are we our best? What stands in our way from being our best? What do we feel prompted to do and become? Are we on the path or are we up against walls?
So answer this, “I am my best when I…”
Making a change in your life can be one of the most difficult challenges. Perhaps you are changing your location or physical surrounding or perhaps you are digging even deeper and working towards a change in yourself. Often change approaches us and we are forced to adapt. The old shoes won’t fit anymore and it’s time to try on a new pair. Whatever life event that occurs to introduce us to a change, think of it as not an option, but a direction.
If it wasn’t for change we would never advance or we would never seek out a new path. Holding on to our own complacency and trying to prevent a necessary change from occurring only leads to our own self-defeat. Be open to change. Be aware of catalysts that occur around you that are pointing you towards another direction. There is no “map” in life, but there are always signs. It is up to us to acknowledge these signs and pay attention when change or new directions approach us.
Despite our sometimes fast-paced worlds that we have established for ourselves, always remember to retreat for a few moments and be aware of your intuition. Life events occur in stages. Sometimes several occurrences will happen at once that force you to take notice. Embrace synchronicity as it guides you. Pay attention to people, places, and things. You will always be surrounded with the right people at the right moment. You will be provided the right information at the right time. This is when you will know that you are on the exact path you were intended to be on.
It doesn’t matter how old you are or how balanced you think your life is, we can all benefit from taking a few moments of quietness to ourselves and writing down our thoughts. Let’s face it life changes daily. We encounter various obstacles from time to time that guide us along our paths. We may not understand the change that occurred at the time, but let us know that there is always a reason and a universal intention that carries us to a greater level. For all that is lost, more will be gained.
We might lose money. We might lose work. We might lose a relationship. No matter what change we encounter, we need to take time to ourselves to document the process and work through any emotions we encounter along the way. It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, either way, you have feelings that need to vent themselves in a positive manner. You need to release them before they harm you or others. Part of moving on in our lives is understanding what occurred that got us to where we are now.
Take time to write down how you feel. Are you angry? Are you sad? What emotion best describes you under the circumstances? What are your hopes for the future? Write down where you would like to see yourself in the next year. It is ok to see yourself beyond the situation. It is ok to visualize yourself being happy. It is ok to have hope for a new tomorrow. Sometimes the positive visualization alone can be the bridge that carries us to the next part of our lives.