How To Change Your Habits By Taking This First Step
Posted on 13th September 2016 at 14:38
Do you ever have those moments when you just don’t feel like completing a task?
We have all experienced times when we just can’t muster the energy to do what we know is important.
Writing a proposal
Making a difficult call
Composing your blog post
Managing your email inbox
Getting to the gym
This happened to me the other day when I woke up and said to myself I need to go for a run. My body just didn’t respond. I said again a really need to go for a run but I just didn’t feel like it and then my inner voice waded in.
“It looks cold out there, maybe you should go tomorrow”.
“There’s frost on the ground and you might slip”.
“You didn’t sleep well last night maybe you should rest”.
As I sat there, reading my Facebook posts most of which were inspirational, I found the energy in my body changing. All of a sudden, I noticed that I started to feel more energised, motivated and even inspired.
I said to myself again, I really should go for a run and at that point, I got up, got changed and I was out the door.
My point is, that positive thinking alone will not always change the way that you feel. Research shows that every time you have a thought, the brain releases a chemical which creates a feeling in the body. Because the brain is continually in communication with the body, the brain will create more thoughts to support the way that you are feeling. If over time you create a thinking and feeling loop which you associate with certain actions, habits and behaviours, you will create a biological chemical continuity within the brain and body which gets programmed into your subconscious mind.
The next time you’re faced with completing a task and you feel resistance, ask yourself what emotion am I feeling in my body right now. It may be that you’re feeling anxious, insecure, lacking confidence, impatient, lack energy or frustrated.
Most of these negative emotions are likely to be showing up in different areas of your life in a subconscious manner and getting in the way of what you need to be doing.
For example, if you think you’re going to write an amazing blog but you feel inadequate the brain is going to produce more thoughts to support the feeling of inadequacy. If you feel excited to write your blog, the brain will produce more thoughts to support your feeling of excitement. When you are thinking positive thoughts but feeling negative, that is 5% of your conscious mind trying to influence 95% of your subconscious mind.
The feeling of inadequacy is likely to be a memorised emotion from some event that happened in your past which you have played over and over again in your mind creating a thinking and feeling loop.
Becoming conscious of how you are thinking, how you are acting and how you are feeling enables you to become aware and observe yourself. When you become aware you are no longer in the subconscious programme which means you can make different choices and start to focus on what you do want to feel. Learning this habit of becoming conscious of your thoughts, actions and feeling takes time and requires practice but it will help you to shift your energy.
How do you shift your energy?
There is no one right answer and there are lots of ways you can achieve this. My suggestion to you is that you experiment and see what works for you. I’ve listed below some suggestions for you to try out:
Listen to some uplifting music
Read something inspirational
Take a break from your environment and go for a walk
Move your body e.g. stretch
Dance like you just don’t care
Sing even if it’s out of tune
Breathe deeply for five minutes and focus on appreciation and gratitude
Focus on your vision and higher purpose
Watch your Mind Movie
Write in your Gratitude journal
These are just some of the things that I do, that work for me. I’d love to hear what you do to shift your energy. Leave a comment below.
With appreciation and gratitude
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