“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they’re too heavy to be broken.”
I don’t really believe habits are ever too heavy to be broken. The quote by Warren Buffett also assumes the habits are “bad” i.e. not helpful to your success. The truth is habits can be changed. It’s one of the best ways to conquer fear.
Changing habits (paradigms) is the heart of my coaching. Helping you take habits that are no longer serving you and turn them into habits that support your vision.
Vibrant Living Tip –
There are 4 steps that need to happen to actually change our thoughts (habits)... and create new, more life giving, ways of thinking (being).
The "AIRR" formula is like oxygen. It allows you to breath new life into your thoughts and take action in support of your dreams.
Awareness - bring awareness to your current habitual ways of thinking. Notice the words you say to yourself and to others (your words are a window to your thoughts), for example you may hear yourself saying…
"I'd never be good with money".
"I'm an emotional eater."
"I'm better off alone."
Interrupt - Whenever you find yourself saying these words, use a powerful pattern interrupt. Say -
"Up until now..." OR "I used to...."
Release - then release the old, negative way of thinking
Repattern - replace it with a new, more empowering thought.
- I used to think I wasn't good with money, NOW I'm masterful at managing my money and I'm getting better everyday.
- Up until now, I thought of myself as an emotional eater, NOW, when I experience difficult emotions, I give thanks for my ability to feel deeply and I practice self care with restorative yoga poses.
- I used to think I was better off alone, NOW I realize that I have a lot of love to give, and I'm worthy of being deeply loved and am open to calling in the perfect life partner.
Do you have habits that feel too heavy to be broken? What are they? Do they cause so much fear that you don’t take action? Do you know where they came from? You may say that’s the way your parents did it. Or I learned that in school. Or at the playground. Or… Maybe, you don’t even know.
Take a habit that is no longer helping you. Use the 4 step formula to reframe it. Leave a Comment below and let me know how it worked.
The above 4 step formula is Key #2 in my webinar called 3 Keys to Living Vibrantly and Creating a Life you Love. Register and attend to learn the other 2 keys.
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