I am continually amazed at how simple practices can make a difference to our state of mind. The only problem seems to be our willingness to sit down for a few minutes and practice.
It seems that even when we want to change our attitudes and outlook on life, we still resist the techniques that will help us. I have a client like this and I often wonder what he does not do what he pays me to teach him. It is our nature to like what is familiar to us- there is safety, consistency and comfort even if it is something that is hinders our ability to enjoy life and move forward.
When we are stuck, we need to become honest with ourselves. Even though we know that life is not how we like it, do we really want to commit to doing what is necessary to change? If the answer is no, then take the pressure off of yourself and when and if you are ready, then you will begin.
If you have even the slightest willingness the most effective way to set yourself up for success it to keep it simple. Years ago I watched a comedy called “What About Bob?” It was about a person who was trying to improve his life, but fear kept getting in his way. The theme of the movie was to take baby steps. For some reason, that stuck with me as a necessary ingredient for new behavior.
What do you think stops us from doing what we need to improve? Let me know in the comments below.