"It's easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than think your way into a new way of acting."
This quote has been ringing in my ears lately. Read it over a few times before continuing if you can.
We are often our own worst enemies when it comes to improving our lives. We get stuck in old habits, old mindsets, and old relationships. Change is the hardest thing to do. Whenever I encounter this inertia, I take a few important steps:
1) I admit that change is scary and that overcoming fear equals growth.
2) I realize that even if I fail I can usually get back to where I am right now (So why worry?).
3) I know that a good plan in action is better than the best plan never executed.
This checklist is usually enough for me to proceed forward and learn along the way. It's this learning through action that reshapes how I view new obstacles and adds to the richness of life. There is always more to discover and always room to improve--something that is both awe-inspiring and daunting.
This also brings up two concepts of balanced living--detachment from outcomes and long-term habit formation. I wrote last week about letting go of end goals, so this week's focus is on how to form healthy habits. How do you plan to act your way into a better future?
Small, well-chosen habits undertaken routinely is what moves mountains. My most recent one has been to do a full 2 minutes of joint movement qigong every morning. It's not super complicated, but I feel amazing afterward. What are some of your new habits?