Nothing ever stays the same. On the one hand, we despise change; yet on the other, we do not want to stagnate and become boring or bored. Yet, our habits keep us locked into a course of action day after day, year after year. The way we think, the way we behave, the way we experience things, the way we react to incidents – they all are dominated by our habits. They are so strong that most do not even know what they are. Whatever our habits are, they keep us fixed in a particular perspective or behaviour. They hinder us reaching our potential.
Our habits are basically involuntary acts we perform, unintentionally and without thinking. We just are them. Yes, we are our habits. Whether you lack confidence, find it difficult to make decisions, always arrive late for an appointment, cannot say no, feel lonely, feel stupid, think others always know best – these are all habits. That is the bad news.
The good news is that you can change. Change is based on choice. Once you realise what your habits are, you have greater chance of changing them. It may not be easy, it may be painful sometimes. But it is also fun and rewarding because you are changing your life. You are opening yourself to see the possibilities of your potential. You get to see what you are capable of.
In other words, all you have to do is imagine you are the gardener of your life:
Reflect on the state of your garden.
Realise what are weeds and what are flowers.
Remove the weeds, and replace them with flowers.
Make a sustained effort to keep the garden clear of weeds you do not want.
What is the largest weed in your garden?
Which habit causes you the most pain? What is keeping this weed in place? What stops you from pulling it out?
Look at all the obstacles and think of the best method for eradicating the weed. Remember some weeds do not come out at first pull. They leave a little root behind. Some are better killed off with weed killer rather than a tortuous pull. Look for the best method for your weed.
What flower would you like to plant in its place?
What behaviour would you like to put in in place of the habit? You will need something because all of us that have changed habits are aware of the need for transitory behaviour.
A good example is giving up smoking. The transitory behaviour is either: something to do with your hands, instead of holding a cigarette; gum to chew when you would light a cigarette or a sweet to pop into your mouth when you feel like a cigarette.
How do you sustain your effort to keep the weed out of your garden?
This next phase is the key to success. For all gardeners, the next phase is the easiest, yet also the most difficult. Making a sustained effort to keep the weed out of your garden is the key. It is so easy to say “I’ve done it” and walk away.
Sustained effort can also be called zeal and enthusiasm. Be passionate about clearing your weed. Tell others what you are doing. Avoid incidents that would automatically set the weed off. Keep looking at your new flower. Have zeal and enthusiasm for your new flower. Keep focussed on the flower. Make a sustained effort to keep the new flower watered and the area around it free from weeds.
Nourish it. Fertilise it. Talk to it. Gradually the new flower will blossom and the old weed will disappear.
If you need help with the weeding, reach out to us. We use the ThetaHealing® technique to clear the old conditioned beliefs that no longer serve you.
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