Nothing changes until the pain of remaining the same isn’t greater than the pain of changing
Think about this one for a little bit. How many bad habits and other things that you do not like about yourself can you think of? If you are even remotely a little bit like me, there are plenty of items popping up on your list.
This list of issues is just as bad as clutter at home: it stresses you out as it leads to cluttered thinking. It causes perpetually worsening pain because your brain will soon run around in circles because it lacks focus.
What’s a workable solution? I call it “sitting on the rock time”. That is a figure of speech for pondering and deep thought. Make a list of those things that cause you mental grief. Scan for the top 3 to 5 items that really irk you. Now think about how bad the pain is it causes you. Is it finally greater than changing? Progress will happen only if that pain is greater than the risk and fear of the unknown – which comes with any change.
Your stress will reduce the moment you are making the decision to change. Wherever possible, prototype what you want to change on a small scale. You increase your chances of succeeding significantly while limiting the risk of messing up.
Spring is around the corner and even if it isn’t, there is always time for a little mental spring cleaning. Remove your brain clutter by tackling the most painful bad habits and of course any other thing you do not like about yourself. Comments or stories you would like to share? Please do so in the comment field.