Are you trying to make a change in your life?
Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
At first, it’s easy. It’s different, new and you are focussed on it. Maybe you are doing it as the result of something that inspired you. Inspiration makes light work of any task.
Then it gets tougher. The inspiration seems a distant memory, the changes seem slow, the old way of doing things seems much easier. It is such an effort now…
Imagine the consequences in detail:
- What would (or wouldn’t) happen if I carry on with it?
- What would (or wouldn’t) happen if I didn’t carry on with it?
- How will I feel if I do this?
- How will I feel if I don’t do this?
- What will my life be like one year from now if I don’t follow this through?
Notice that each time you go through a tough time, it gets easier next time.
And vice versa. Just when it all seems easy, another tough spot comes along – hey ho.
So, be ready for the tough spots, and you will be able to push through them and in time, embed the new habit.
How badly do want that new habit?
It’s not so much about doing what you like, but liking the results of what you do.
We can only change who we are and what we habitually do to the extent that we can tolerate some discomfort during the change.