How to Create New Habits

At the very core -- my coaching and training work is about creating change. If my clients don't have a problem they want to change, then I don't have a client. 

And, along the same idea of embracing change-- is the idea of creating new habits (and/or breaking old ones).

Creating change and creating new habits goes hand in hand. 

Did you know you should not just STOP a 'bad' habit, but instead you should replace it with something 'better?'

For instance.... someone who is trying to stop smoking might switch over to chewing gum. And someone who wants to stop drinking so much coffee might switch over to tea.

Swapping habits works better than just stopping the 'bad' habit.

But, as we both already know... change is rarely simple or easy. Even with 'the swap trick.'

If we want to create lasting change, we have to change the way we think, which changes the way we feel, which changes the way we act. 

The above 'equation' is the only way to create lasting change.

So how do we create space for this kind of change?

To think, feel, and act in a new direction requires our precious attention and energy.

Throughout my research, I've found the most effective way to embrace a big change is to utilize the power of meditation.

Meditation means something different to everyone, but in essence it's role is to calm the mind.

Why calm the mind? Well, if you haven't noticed, it can be a noisy place up there. Most of the noise is going to go against the change. The brain does not like change. The brain likes what's easy. Habits are easy because the brain has memorized how to act. 

The great news? Despite the "fight" our brains put up, we can, indeed, change. Science has proven our brains have a 'plasticity' to them which means we can reshape and rewire them.

That means: you aren't simply who you are and how you are. You are, actually, who you choose to be. 

I've really started to incorporate meditation into my life and into my teachings because of how effective it is. Meditation allows us to become intentional about who we want to be.

I usually prefer guided meditations (as opposed to 'just silence.'). But try it all out. See what's best for you

If you're not familiar, a guided meditation is simply a recording which walks you through the process of calming the mind.

If you're ready to create some sort of change in your life, consider trying meditation. Even as a little as 5 minutes a day can have massive effects.

I would love to hear how it goes!

-Sylvia

 

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