Some of the changes we make in our lives are things or habits we need to start/restart doing. We may not have done them before or we have done them but not on a regular basis. To achieve our ambition, we need to carry out these actions more consistently.
We need to START THAT CYCLE.
Other changes are actions or habits that we need to stop doing to make the advances that we need to achieve our ambitions.
In other words, we need to
BREAK THAT CYCLE.
Starting or breaking a cycle can take a big effort.
Sometimes we cannot be bothered. The “I will do it tomorrow,” syndrome.
Recognise the thought process? Recognise that logic as you sit in your armchair after a particularly hard day at work.
One of the most difficult things to do when making changes in our lives is starting or breaking a cycle.
That glass of wine that turns into a bottle of wine of an evening. That cigarette that tempts us. That extra bowl of ice cream. Yum!
I will just have one.
I will start tomorrow.
Yes! Tomorrow will give me a clean starting point.
THE FIRST STEP
Let us be honest. The most difficult step is the first one. And after the first step the most difficult one is the second step, and so on.
But change that habit often enough and that new habit becomes part of your routine. It becomes embedded in your psyche.
Embed it enough and the point will come, that if you break back into your old ways you will begin to feel that there is something missing. You will start to feel guilty about neglecting your new habit.
Just as you once craved that bottle of wine, you will now crave the feeling you had once you gave it up.
But the most important step is to: