Even after having a heart attack, only one in seven patients make any lasting changes concerning their diet and exercise routine, which means the fear of dying doesn’t even have the power to change us.
Ninety-five percent of those who lose weight on a diet regain it; a large percentage of those gain even more weight. Sixty percent of people abandon their New Year’s Resolution within six months.
Why is change so hard?
Today I want to talk about “change.” I want to discuss how you can actually change your life and become the person that you want to be, in three steps:
How to Change Your Life – In 3 Steps:
Step 1: Get a Vision
Helen Keller said, “It’s a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” It’s one thing to desire to achieve a goal; it’s something else entirely to see yourself achieving that goal.
Before you arrive at your intended destination you must be able to see it clearly in your mind.
Those individuals who have had heart attacks, and yet have not made any lasting change as it relates to their diet or exercise, can not see themselves as healthy eaters or workout advocates; they simply can’t see it.
If you can’t see it, you can’t have it. What you can perceive and believe you can have. You have to be able to see it; you need a vision for your future that inspires you, one that is clear, one that drives you.
Step 2: Change Your Thinking
James Allen said, “Man is mind,” in other words, you are what you think. If you think the thoughts of a successful person then you will be successful, if you think the thoughts of a healthy person, then you will be healthy; the secret lies in between your ears — in your mind.
So the question is, “How do I change my thinking to get the life I desire?”
You change your thinking through your words and through your affirmations.
You must begin to say what you want to be, do, and have. Your mouth is like the rudder of a ship, and it determines the direction of your life. Don’t say, “Success is so hard.” Say, “I can do it!” And say it, and say it, and say it, until you believe it. When you believe it, you will begin to take action, you will begin to change.
Step 3: Create New Habits
Your habits will take you farther than your desires; the secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.
Lasting change will only occur when you develop lasting habits. Successful people have successful habits.
If you try to use “will power” to change, it won’t work. You only have so much will power, will power is a limited resource and it is used up every time you try to resist something or whenever you get stressed.
The “real” purpose of will power is to force yourself to develop the right habits; once the habits are developed you no longer need will power because you will be running on auto-pilot. Your habits will take over and they will guide you to your intended destination; in time success will be yours.
If you follow these three simple steps, you will change, your life will change, you will finally begin to achieve your dreams, you will succeed.
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