If you believe we are constantly changing then it seems to make sense that we would be different than we were a year ago. However, only closer inspection and self-study will reveal the truth. Are you, in fact, living with the brakes on, getting stuck in old patterns and conditioned responses?
You have 1,440 minutes today to check in and review your habits and mindfully diagnose which one’s increase your happiness set-point and which one’s need to be discarded.
“Nothing so needs reforming than other people’s habits.” – Mark Twain
By making time to listen to your heart you will clearly hear what you want to manifest in 2016. For me 2016 will be the year of living my most heartfully honest life, where I really live the YES of my heart’s intentions. However, before we plant the seeds of YES in our lives, it is important to reflect on what mental habits we have that are holding us back from choosing with our hearts.
Journaling: Take 15 minutes to write out your answers to the following questions.
1. Percent out how often you have past thoughts, future thoughts, present thoughts.
2. Do you see a pattern in your thoughts?
3. Do you overuse the same words or sayings?
4. How do you react when triggered?
5. What conditioned response do you see reoccurring during the day?
6. What routine or habit do you see in yourself at night?
7. How do your patterns/habits impact your personality?
8. Do you apologize too much?
9. What role does procrastination have in your life?
10. What are your positive habits? Which one’s do you no longer need to take forward?
11. How often do you try to change your habits or routine?
12. Have you tried to experiment with your conditioned responses?
13. What new patterns have you adopted this past year?
14. What is your habit in using social media? How does this impact your life?
15. Do you have a healthy or unhealthy stress habit?
How are you different today than you were a year ago?
“I learned to be with myself rather than avoiding myself with limitng habits;
I started to be aware of my feelings more, rather than numb them.” – Judith Wright
In order to change, we have to change something. As Theresa Albert writes about why resolutions fail, “This habit we have in North America of making resolutions and laughing at ourselves for breaking them is our collective way of accepting the status quo. But the cream of the crop manage to make enough change to stay on top. You can too.” When you look at the direction you want for your life, something has to change from the way you lived this past year. By understanding which habits no longer serve you then you can realize your best transformation.
Love yourself, love your day, love your life! — Silvia