Making Changes

 

Why does making a change seem like a daunting task? We know we need a change, we know we want a change but to change…. well that’s a whole other monster to tackle. Addressing you have something to change can be a battle all in of itself. Sure, the change sounds good and it even feels good when we think about it but why then, do we talk ourselves out of it?

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We make excuses for why we haven’t started and rationalize not starting today. It’s not convenient, won’t work with our schedule or the effort it will take to get started is just more than we are currently prepared for.

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The problem with all those excuses is, they only provide temporary comfort. The feeling we had that prompted us to want to make a change in the first place, will still be there long after we convince ourselves it’s okay to put it off. We still feel bad about eating that cheeseburger, skipping that day at the gym, not starting that new routine, diet, book or job. Sound familiar?

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The realization that we are the author of our story and we get to decided how the story goes has been motivation for me, to not be the victim in my story but the hero. WE hold the power, WE can make the change, but WE have to stop being comfortable with being unhappy. If we knew the number of our days, would we would make them count more and settle less?  Sometimes there are battles we must stick out because our lives effect more than ourselves. But in every situation, you still hold the power to how your story ends. There is power in that knowledge, and it can be the driving force that helps you conquer your goals if you let it.

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While there are many habits, I am working on being consistent with, there are a couple of things that have helped me in my journey. One small thing that has made a BIG impact in my life is affirmations. We need to tell ourselves another story if want to change the one we’re living. We must stop telling ourselves we can’t change or that it is too hard and start speaking life into our goals instead.  Our thoughts and words have power. I encourage you to test this out. For one week, every day before you get out of bed, say the things you are thankful for. Even if you have not yet received them, be thankful for them as if you have. Speak affirmations about the topics you wish to improve in your life and don’t let yourself think or speak any negative thoughts about these areas you are wanting to improve. If you need help on what to say check out Pinterest. I have a board saved with my favorites, so I can read through them if I am having a bad day.

Another easy thing you can do to help motivate you to stay consistent and reach your goals is a Vision board. Write down the goals you want to achieve and pick motivating pictures or quotes to help you stay consistent and achieve those goals. There are suggestions all over the internet and on Pinterest to help you with your Vision board. Just make sure it is authentic to you and what you want to accomplish. You can use sites like Canva or Picmonkey to create your board, once your done, save it to your computer and have it printed out. I have mine taped to my computer and mirror, so I see them every day. It is both motivating and inspiring to me and helps me remember on my tough days, why I can’t give up.

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Another thing I use to help me stay motivated when it comes to making changes or chasing goals is essential oils. I like to diffuse them when getting ready in the morning, driving in the car, on my computer and pretty much anytime I can. I also enjoy wearing them on jewelry or simply applying them to my wrists.  Certain oils may help bring about feelings of strength, motivation and courage. If you are a research nerd like me here is an article on oils and emotions. It also has some oil suggestions. If you have questions about oils or where to get them at wholesale leave a comment or send me an email and I will gladly help.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/04/essential-oils-aromatherapy.aspx

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What do you do to keep you motivated and on track? Leave a comment in the comments or share your Vision board and help motivate others.

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