Would you like to become a
If I did a survey asking
people this question,
I'm sure I would receive 100% response
"Who started today deciding on
one thing they were going to be aware of and work on today to make them
a better person?"
I asked this question
recently to a room full of people and only one person said
Many of us have desires and
aspirations that we would like to see fulfilled in our lives, but are
not actively taking action to make those things happen.
It can be difficult to
relate what happens in the present to the results we would like to see
in the future. However the
future is prepared for today, by the choices we make and the way we
invest our time and energy.
Most people want to be the
best they can be, but get discouraged because it seems such a huge
mountain to get there. We
live close to Burnaby Mountain , and often take the dogs
for a walk there. There is a really pleasant trail near the bottom,
shaded by trees, along the bank of a stream However when it is time to
walk home up the steep hill the prospect seems daunting. I can never
walk up it without pausing for a break somewhere. At the steepest part
of the hill every step seems a huge effort, and I eventually stop to get
my breath. When I look back however, it is amazing to realize how far
I've come. My
whole perspective changed. The process of walking is automatic normally.
When we walk, our mind focuses on other things unless the going gets
tough. We make progress but it is not a conscious process. That is
because walking has become a natural habit for
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This is also true of life
and the skills we learn. The mechanics of driving a vehicle become
second nature, as the skills become so well practiced and familiar that
we do not conscious think through each action. It becomes almost
instinctive, as natural to us as breathing.
To consistently grow
towards becoming better in our lives we need to create new habits that
will move us there. At first implementing a new behaviour, thought
pattern, or action into our lifestyle is a very conscious act.
It's like walking up the
steepest part of the mountain. However that is only in the beginning
stages. It only takes thirty days to form a new habit. Then, that positive habit in our
life becomes more a natural part of us. It moves to the more
subconscious part of our life.
"Excellence is the
gradual result of always striving to do
To move towards more
excellence in your life, the journey starts and will continue to be one
small step at a time. One small step a day is far more effective than to
make a resolution to take a huge jump forward, and then not make any
progress for a while.
Gradual - it is a
process, and not seeing the results immediately can be discouraging. One
helpful thing to do is to set small landmarks with some motivating
reward when they are achieved. It is good to have the attitude and habit
of always striving to do better in every area of life all the time.
However I would also suggest a focus on one main thing at a time, and as
that becomes habitual in your life, select another area of
Always -it needs to
be every day; a small discipline at first that becomes a positive habit.
I would suggest developing as part of your morning routine a time and
place when you deliberately pause and reflect on the new lifestyle habit
you are presently working on.
In that time consider how during that day you are specifically
going to do or think in a different way to reinforce your growth in that
Set a goal for the day. It
is helpful to read or carry with you a short sentence or quote that will
motivate and remind you of your goal during the day. Perhaps a Post it
note in the car, or kitchen as a way of re focusing during the day It
needs to be a daily conscious act, otherwise days missed turn into
weeks, discouragement sets in and it becomes easy to give up. When a new
habit is formed and is part of your lifestyle when you look back you
will be amazed at the changes you see.
To take even just a couple
of minutes set aside at the beginning of your day is a very powerful key
and works well. We all need frequent encouragement and motivation. It
also is an
excellent way to start your
day positively, and will set the tone for the day.
Knowing how important daily
motivation is, I have compiled a collection of quotes taken from people
who have taken these principles and applied them successfully to their
lives. If you need an inspirational tool to aid you in this process of
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