Go into your head before you get out of it. See things clearly, then see beyond them.
1. Get a great therapist. Not sure there’s a way around this. Psychiatrist, healer, psychologist, whatever flavor works. I found mine by starting with those who took my insurance with zip codes closest to me. Try, try again until you meet the right one. Just knowing there’s a person who’s literally paid to listen to your problems—real or perceived—is priceless.
2. Get disciplined. You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. I’ll repeat it, because this is the most important sentence: You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. Start walking 10 minutes every afternoon. Clean out one desk drawer. Eat one fewer cookie.
3. Get rid of resistance. There’s no point denying it—resistance is caused by fear. Unfortunately for us, fear has the best PR team available. It masquerades as people, situations, and theories. With its endless supply of disguises, infinite ways to complicate, and elaborate excuses, you must be alert if you want to corner fear and send it packing. If nothing else, remember, fear is boring.
4. Get organized. @@Question your possessions.@@ Physical space yields mental space. You like displaying your thimble collection? I’m judging you, but fine, show it off. However, rearrange them and see if you still care. Because maybe you cling to their familiarity, a sense of “that’s where they belong.” Do you see them but not look at them? It’s as different as hearing versus listening. Shuffling the little guys will show you if that’s true. And really, don’t thimbles deserve more?
5. Get wondering. Ask yourself “Why?” five times when you’re about to fail. Let’s say you’re on the verge of skipping your 10-minute afternoon walk.
- Why blow it off? Because I’m tired.
- Why? Because I went to bed late.
- Why? Because I stayed up watching TV.
- Why? Because I like the show.
- Why? Because it’s well written.
So...great television is preventing you from walking? Can you start watching earlier? Or record and zip through the commercials? I’m borrowing from Toyota founder Sakichi Toyoda’s 5 Why’s problem-solving technique. It gets to the root of dilemmas. And yes, I’m adapting it to suit my need to demonstrate there’s really no excuse good enough to not pull off small, daily goals.
6. Get out of your head. Go outside. Touch plants. Smell flowers. Get dirt on your hands. @@Watch nature how you watch television@@ (that keeps you up late). Move. Pet strange dogs.
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