Beginning (noun): The first part of something that continues
The key to beginnings is knowing what you want to continue and being clear on why. As we enter this new year and so many people are creating new resolutions, and so many on day three have already missed their target; we can take comfort in knowing that every day is a chance for a new beginning. Each moment and each decision we make is a new beginning, if we continue.
For most people, the continuing is the hard part. When we understand that our unconscious mind works on a basis of ease, conserving energy and keeping us comfortable, we can recognize that to continue with our new habit, we must acknowledge how uncomfortable it would be if we continued with the status quo.
When we stop and really get into the why, we can imagine how bad things can be if we don’t follow through with the change. We can also allow ourselves to soak up the great feelings we would feel if we followed through with the change. When we do this, we paint an emotional picture for our unconscious mind to see that it is more painful to keep up with the status quo than it would be to create the change. The reward of the change is now more powerful than the energy it will take to make the change. It is when we do this, and we allow ourselves to identify with who we will be when we make this change, that the new habits can take place with much more ease and will last.
As you think of a new habit you want to create, ask yourself the following questions:
1) Why do I want to create this habit?
2) What will I achieve or what will I be or have when I am living this habit? what is the goal behind the new habit?
3) State the goal in the positive.
4) What would happen if you did?
5) What would happen if you don’t?
6) What wouldn’t happen if you did?
7) What wouldn’t happen if you didn’t?