Want to Better Your Life?
Change is difficult, but here are some definite roadblocks. You might not have any of these. If you don’t, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us though, we have our work cut out for us if we want a better world. Change starts inside. It’s all of our responsibility to act.
1. You are locked in your beliefs.
You hold your beliefs on a pedestal and refuse to change them even if you find out that they aren’t true. Think hardcore conservative vs. hardcore liberal. Enough said…
2. You are a bipolar thinker.
You see the world as either black or white, right or wrong, good or evil. Reality is much more grey than you believe. Open your eyes.
3. You fear disruption in your life.
Change is difficult, and you might never be the same once you start. That can be pretty scary. Get over it.
4. You fear losing your identity.
Your identity is as fake as Hollywood. It’s a culmination of reactions you’ve had in your life to various environmental stimuli, coupled with genetic predisposition. Our true selves are buried deep under lots of garbage. Start digging.
5. Your ego is in the way.
The part of you that you think is different, exceptional, individual is great and all, but attachment to it keeps you a slave to it. You lie to yourself to cover up other lies to yourself. Break the cycle.
6. You overthink things.
You get caught up in analysis paralysis. Just choose a direction and go. If something gets in your way, turn.
7. You get caught in mental loops.
Negative thought is a downward spiral. If you find yourself caught in it, find a rope and pull. If it’s too much, seek professional help. Find therapy.
8. You blame others without looking at yourself.
Most of our problems come from our own perception of things. Change that, then take another look at the situation again. Most likely, you’ll find yourself staring at a mirror.
9. You don’t take help when it’s offered to you.
An old religious couple were in a flood. The police came to their door and offered to give them a ride out. They turned the officer away and told him that God would save them. Then, they were flooded, and on the second floor of their house, when a boat came by. The people in the boat offered to get them to safety. Again, the couple said that God would save them, and sent the boat away. Lastly, they were on their roof with their house submerged. A helicopter offered them an airlift, and again, they declined, stating that God would help them. Finally, they died.
When they got to the afterlife, they asked God why he didn’t save them. He looked at them in disbelief and told them…
First, I sent you a car, then a boat, then a helicopter… really?
10. You would rather fantasize than take action.
It’s easy to daydream about change. Action is hard. Get moving.
11. You fear what others will think of you if you change.
Keeping up with the Jonses gets old. Most other people are in the same boat as you. Are you a slave to your perception of their perception of you? Ponder that for a while.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
Dr. Seuss – The Lorax
Learn to quiet the mind and body as a way to better your life.