Remembering Helps You Move Forward…

On the road to balance, most of us have habits we want to leave behind. Maybe it’s a habit of eating too much sugar. Maybe it’s a tendency to argue every little point with your spouse. Maybe it’s watching too much television. Whatever that bad habit is, there’s a very effective way to change it. Here’s how it works…

Image in your mind doing that bad habit you want to change, perhaps it’s your tendency to eat that sixth or seventh cookie in a row. It tastes good at the moment, doesn’t it? But how do you feel afterward?  Are the feelings negative or positive? Negative, I bet. You went from enjoying the taste of all of those cookies to feeling badly because of how many you ate and how all of those calories are going to affect your waste line. It’s easy to have the best of both words; enjoy the cookie and have it not affect your weight. All you have to do is simply eat only one or two. So why don’t we do that? Here’s the reason – it’s easy to FORGET how badly we feel when we eat too many until after we’ve done it. You can change that. The trick is to remember that feeling BEFORE you eat too many cookies. We respond strongly to feelings. We try to avoid negative ones and desire ones which are positive. So, if you’re able to associate negative feelings with a bad habit, you stand a much better chance of breaking it. This can take a little practice but if you do this a few times with your bad behavior, you’ll be amazed at the difference it can make. I find it easier to get out and run 15 to 20 miles a week when I remember how badly I feel when I don’t excercise. Next time, before eating all of those cookies, remember how badly you feel each time you eat too many.  Let that feeling sink in.  Now how do you feel about the cookies?  Enjoy one or two and then enjoy feeling good about it.  Enjoy the feeling of knowing you didn’t eat too many.  I’ve seen this process work time and time again, not only in my life, but in others who are transforming their lives from overwhelmed to outstanding. You can do it too. Try it and see!

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2 Responses

  1. GREAT point! A commonsensical approach, yet, at times in my life during the difficult seasons, a revolutionary concept. Thanks for the reminder – life balance is certainly a DAILY decision.

  2. Thanks Charlie. I don’t know how many times I have made the same mistakes over and over because I didn’t live by this principle. Thanks for the reminder.

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