Sometimes you are given great advice and you have to decide if you are going to let your pride get in the way or if you are going to follow the advice with your heart. So today, I decided on this random Monday, to listen with my heart instead of my ego. We ALL do this by the way. At one time or another, we let some strong emotions guide our decisions instead of really, truly, digging way down deep and finding the good advice we know is there.
So, today, your task is to start new habits. When you come from a place of pain, whether it’s fibromyalgia or other illnesses, as soon as you wake up, do not think about how hard the day is going to be. Do not think of your to-do list. Do not think of the tasks ahead which are so difficult to get through you dread them. No. Take a dry-erase pen, and write some daily affirmations on your bathroom mirror. Make that the first thing you see. I am healing. I am getting better. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Whatever it is to get you moving in a good way. Repeat every morning until you believe them…so basically, as long as it takes.
If you do the same thing every single day, consider something new to get you moving and thinking. I am one to talk. So it’s time to start doing something different. I was reading an article called Can You Become a Creature of New Habits? This struck me as something I needed to do…”a Japanese technique called kaizen, which calls for tiny, continuous improvements.” M. J. Ryan, author of the 2006 book “This Year I Will…” states that “Whenever we initiate change, even a positive one, we activate fear in our emotional brain,” Ms. Ryan notes in her book. “If the fear is big enough, the fight-or-flight response will go off and we’ll run from what we’re trying to do. The small steps in kaizen don’t set off fight or flight, but rather keep us in the thinking brain, where we have access to our creativity and playfulness.”
So it’s time to initiate change. A positive one. Create a habit of excellence with tiny, continuous improvements. In other words, baby steps to a new you.