Five days into the new year. How’s it going? Are you inspired and actively making changes? I hope so, but if not, I feel your pain. The struggle is real, the saying goes, however, I know the battle does not have to last forever.
I’m not going to lie, making a lifestyle change is hard, uncomfortable, and often complicated. So how do you change your lifestyle for improved health and happiness?
It begins with envisioning.
Envisioning, for me, is the act of living “as if” in your mind’s eye. To see, feel, and live with who I want to become. I find that when I embody, embrace, and experience how I want to feel as the result of my desired change, I am moved internally through inspiration. I become comfortable, excited, and energized. My inspiration helps to push me towards the motivation needed to take the necessary steps required to fulfill the action that will ultimately bring the results I desire.
Envisioning sets the stage for your day. Based on what you are focusing on in your thoughts and beliefs, you will find peace or pain.
Let go of everything you have heard and the current beliefs you hold about change. Open your mind, open your heart, and let us have a chat.
Where does your mind wander?
What do you see in your daydreams? How do they make you feel?
Can you let go, get quiet, and envision freely?
Can you allow yourself the freedom of what if?
Do you believe you can shift paths and bring to life the happy daydreams you love?
Is this shift possible? ABSOLUTELY; however, it doesn’t happen overnight. It starts when you start and will end when you end. The joy is in the journey rather than the destination.
The formula for making a shift is:
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. - Confucius
We are what we repeatedly do. We frequently engage in action because it provides us with a reward. The reward is what we sought. The thing is, sometimes, the actions we chose, in the beginning, worked until they didn’t. It is then the pain arises. Our reward no longer serves us but instead hurts us. However, the repeated cycle is what we know and do unconsciously because of the repetition of action. Again, pretty simple. In the beginning, it seems complicated to change this cycle. It’s not so complicated as it is uncomfortable. We don’t like to be uncomfortable. Feeling "uncomfortable" may have led to this unconscious cycle that is now causing us pain. Can you see the pattern?
Repetition is a superpower.
Repetition is what creates the brain connection.
“We are what we repeatedly do.”
How do you change repetitive, unconscious actions? Through an anchor. An anchor is something you carry with you throughout your day. An anchor is with you to help remind you that you desire something different.
“An anchor helps you shift from unconscious action to conscious choice.”
There are no voids in nature; the same is true for humans. How many times have you wanted to make changes only to fail? With the change of any habit, there must be a replacement habit. Willpower is not enough. Focused attention brings results.
“Embrace, embody and experience your dreams and desires throughout your day. What is written is remembered and what is remembered gets results.”
We can’t be all things to all people, let alone ourselves. Light is an unbridled force and is everywhere. However, when focused, light like a laser, it is one of the most powerful forces on the planet.
To envision is not a one and done deal. We have free will to focus or drift with our thoughts. The choice is ours to focus or drift.
Are you ready to focus? Consider creating an Envision Book or portable envision board to carry with you as a reminder of what you desire. Often we create vision boards as a way to collectively see our dreams and hopes of change. Vision boards can be incredibly helpful in the beginning but are often filed away and forgotten. The dream ends there until next year.
Stay tuned as there will be more to come about how to create your perfect anchor and how to create a habit of finding happiness in the everyday.
As a wellness coach, I always share this quote when I begin working with a client.
“My certainty is greater than your doubt.” - Dave Buck
Join me as I share my journey of creating the habit of finding happiness in the everyday.
My blog will be published every Sunday at 7:30 am. It may be long, and it may be short, but I hope it will always inspire you to believe in you and your dreams.