Are Your Habits Killing You?

Change Your Habits, Change Your Life - YogaHuman beings are creatures of habit.  There is no getting around this.  And well it should be. I am not complaining.  It’s just who we are.  And it makes total sense.

I believe that human beings are part of the Greater Flow of Life along with the Sun, The Moon, The Stars, the Rivers and the Mountains.  Is there not a certain amount of consistency in what Mother Nature offers to us on a daily basis?  The sun rises.  The sun sets.  On this you can depend and it happens like clockwork!  The seasons change and life sustains.

Oh – - – if we could only emulate the consistency and the dependability of the Great Mother, we might have half a chance of living satisfying lives.

Well I am here to tell you that all long lasting (sustainable) change, starts with daily habits.  You *must* be willing to change your daily routine, if you want a better outcome in your life.  And isn’t a habit nothing more than a repetitive action?  An action that you take over and over and over again?  So it’s no wonder that these habits are so very important.  It’s our habits that basically shape our lives.

And yet most people are totally willing to live out their very short lives as victims of circumstance.  How perfectly ludicrous!  And these very same people are willing to blame their circumstances for all of their many shortcomings.  Habitually passing the buck.

“My life sucks because of my Mommy, my Daddy, my Boss, my Husband, my Wife, my Doctor, my Shrink . . . . on and on and on . . . ”

Sound familiar?  It’s the old “he said, she said . . . . “  blaming people, places and things for our own shortcomings.

Well, I am here to counter this argument, that “my life sucks because I am helpless and hopeless and so I have no choice but to lash out at everyone around me.”   I am here to turn that theory around 360 degrees.

So I am about to deliver the “brass ring” that you have been searching for.

Your daily habits determine the outcome of your life.  If you want to make changes in  your life, you must start by changing your daily habits.

So there, I have said it!  You can choose to  go ahead and reach for that brass ring, or you can choose to continue to flounder and stagnate, as a card carrying member of the “Bitchin’ and Moanin’ Club”.

So, if you have decided on choice B – to continue “bitchin’ and moanin’” until you hit the grave – that’s fine by me.

Do not continue reading this article because it will fall on deaf ears.  If however, on the other hand, you would like to begin to embody “real” change in your life . . . .

Read on!

Here are the steps you need to take to begin on your path to transformation:

  1. Start noticing your daily habits.  What is the first thing you automatically do when you get out of bed in the morning?  What is the habitual thought that crosses your mind first thing in the morning?  What does your morning routine look like?
  2. Keep in mind that how we begin something, often determines the outcome.  How you start your day and how you greet your day are of critical importance.  Be conscious and be aware from the moment you get up in the morning.
  3. What is the flow of your day?  Is your schedule fairly consistent or is it erratic?  Most of us, especially if you have a steady job, have fairly consistent, repetitive daily habits.  But even if your schedule is erratic, there are still habits.  Notice them.
  4. Start to notice the flow of your day.  Usually there are landmark activities such as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.  What are your habits around each of these landmarks?  Does it vary from day to day or is much of it quite repetitive?

As you become more attuned to simply noticing your habits, things will start to shift for you in a positive direction.  It’s inevitable.  The first step is simply to take stock, to notice what’s going on.

Where are you stuck in your life?  Start to identify the habits that may be dragging you down. Knowledge is power and without this knowledge, your hands will be tied.

It is only by careful self observation that we can then begin to outline a strategy for change.

And if you’ve read this far . . . . I congratulate you.  You’ve taken the first step.  You’ve cancelled your membership to the Bitchin’ and Moanin’ Club and you’ve decided to take responsibility for your life!

The 30 Day Yoga Habit is an opportunity to get started on a continuous journey of transformation . . . . Start by forming an 8 minute yoga habit every day.  Start by saying YES!

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