Have you ever tried to go after something and then fell back into old habits? Before you know it, you are right back where you started and your goal feels like an impossible dream. There is a saying that can help you with that. Good things never come from comfort zones.
When we attempt something new or try to reach a new goal, those first few days of change are easy. Taking losing weight for example, although this applies to virtually anything new. At first the healthy food and daily exercise are new and exciting, and we are full of motivation to finally shed some inches. But that initial excitement fades, and suddenly it seems like a lot of work to prepare a healthy lunch and make it to the gym in the morning.
Why is that, when we still have the same overwhelming desire drop the pounds?
Its your brain. Your subconscious is sabotaging you. See, your subconscious doesn’t like change. When it doesn’t know what to expect, your subconscious assumes that your life is on the line. So it starts to throw up road blocks to steer you back to it’s comfort zone.
But the thing is, your subconscious’ comfort zone isn’t going to get you to where you want to go. If that were the case, you would already be there.
So, just like the woman in this weeks’ motivational image, you need to pull yourself up out of your established comfort zone. There is beauty on the other side waiting for you.
If you are anything like the rest of us, then you have made more than one effort at achieving your goal. And then slid right back into your comfortable habits. It is worth taking a few moments to reflect on what worked and what didn’t in those previous attempts. Expand on what worked and adjust what didn’t work until it does.
Consider trying to outsmart your frightened subconscious by taking a few small steps forward. Once they became a habit, take another step forward. This isn’t as exciting as throwing yourself wholeheartedly into a new direction, but it can be more effective.
Of course, the slow and steady approach comes with it’s own set of problems. The primary one is staying focused long enough to keep taking those steps forward.
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