The First Step in Changing Your Behaviour

JFC 10 Things to Give Up

This list has been doing the rounds on Facebook lately.

When it turned up in my feed, it wasn’t attributed to anyone (or anywhere), so I can’t offer any credit.

But, for some reason, it really struck a chord. Mainly because I’m guilty of all but one of them. It really comes down to how you talk to yourself.

And, that made me stop and think…

How many of these things resonate for you?

I know, Facebook is full of these little ‘pop psychology’ memes. And, that’s kind of the point. They go viral because they resonate with so many.

What they don’t explain is the how

How do you give up these things?

One way is to change your perspective on the way you think. Break the habits of a lifetime, if you will.

“It’s simple to change habits, but it’s not easy” – Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen is so very right. It isn’t easy to change.

It all comes down to that buzzword of the day:

M I N D F U L N E S S

The first step – often the hardest step – is to notice the thought or feeling or behaviour.

If you think about it, this is logical – how can you change if you are not first aware of what is not serving you?

Notice what you can see or hear or touch or taste or smell; notice what you are thinking/feeling/doing. Become aware.

The very act of becoming aware of what’s going on now means that you stop projecting into the future, or worrying about the past.

Give it a go. See what happens for yourself.

 

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I think this post came at the right time for me. Even though I know mindfulness is the answer and I may even have said it myself a couple of times, sometimes it just doesn’t sink in. But today, it did. Something about the words you use: “The first step – often the hardest step – is to notice the thought or feeling or behaviour… notice what you are thinking/feeling/doing. Become aware. The very act of becoming aware of what’s going on now means that you stop projecting into the future, or worrying about the past.” Those words are really helpful for me.

Petra – first, bless your cotton socks! Your comments are always so positive and thoughtful.

Second, I think this ‘mindfulness’ business is the key to the puzzle for many of us. But, understanding and implementing are two very different things – especially in this world where productivity and busy-ness is so valued.

Wonderful Jo! Thanks for another great post. Mindset, although not as sexy as nutrition, is equally important to excellent health!

What do you mean mindset isn’t sexy? Have you seen what some people eat…? ?

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