Making – and breaking – New Year’s resolutions is easy. Making positive change that is lasting is NOT.
As motivational speaker Mel Robbins puts it: The most difficult part of change is this – It’s not easy, and YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO FEEL LIKE IT!
Most of us get caught in the trap of waiting until we feel like making changes, a moment that never seems to arrive.
Losing weight? I don’t feel like eating salad today, I’ll do that next week.
Getting fit? I’m not feeling like a walk right now, but I’ll get around to it later. I’m just too busy right now.
Making sales calls to grow your business? I just don’t feel up to it right now, I’ll send some emails instead.
Changing takes physical and emotional effort – you have to force yourself to do it. Mel tells us our brain has two functions – autopilot and emergency brake. When we are required to do something out of the ordinary, our brain activates the emergency brake.
Instead of eating salad, our brain comfortably takes us on autopilot into our usual routine of eating lots of tasty carbs. Instead of going outside to walk or run, our brain eases us back into our chair to check more emails. You’ve probably experienced this effect in your car. Suddenly you’re at your destination and you don’t recall how you got there. That was your brain working on autopilot.
So don’t wait for January 1 to make changes you’ve been thinking about. Start today. You’re not going to feel like it, but you’ll discover it’s not as hard as you think.
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